Our color books in preschool

There are some things we do on a weekly basis. Our color books are part of our regular curriculum. Each week we choose a new color but the process is pretty much the same…

Our color books are premade for now. We provide the children with a four page blank booklet that has a color word on the front of the book…

Along with the booklet, we set out tools that are the same color as the color word on the booklet. For example, for the color blue – we set out blue crayons, blue dotters, blue markers, and blue stamps…

The color word is written in the same color of marker or crayon on the front of the book.  For example, blue is written in blue and green is written in green…

Part of what the children are learning to do is to turn each page of their book to add something new.  They can choose which tool they wish to use on each page and they can choose what they wish to write or color on each page.  At first, many of the children only colored or painted or stamped on one page in the book. They didn’t realize that there was more than one page to work on but now they pretty much add color to all the pages…

This activity is a way to facilitate discussion about each of the colors as we go along each week.  It gives the children practice at using different tools and gives them practice at working with a booklet.  We don’t actually focus on color word recognition yet but we do include the color word so the children are exposed to it as they see the book. We want to draw a connection between the color of the tools they are using and the color word over time…

For those of you who regularly follow me, you already know that we fill our program with many types of activities (messy too) but this is nice because it is something the children can improve on over time and it is easy for us to prepare and have ready to go on a routine basis…

We will continue with this process until we have covered all of our colors (or those we intend to introduce through this process) then we will replace this process with something involving shapes…

Comments

  1. Roz Karp says

    Hi.. I adore your site. I’d love to be a student in your class. As a retired teacher I only have one question. I see this everywhere and just want to know if there is a reason for it. Why do you capitalize a word in isolation? I see it in things made in China too. When I went to school .. and that was a long time ago, we only used upper case for Proper Nouns and titles.. never for color words or sight words.
    I won’t buy something for my grandkids that does that as I feel it is an incorrect usage.

  2. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

    I thought about this too and went back and forth of whether or not I should capitalize the word. But since this is the title of their book, I decided it needed capitalized. If this word had been used in a sentence, I would have not capitalized the word. In my classroom, I have words around the room and on the wall – and they are not capitalized. But since part of this process includes the concept of completing their own book, and the color word is the title of their booklet, I did decide to capitalize the word. That is a great question and good to point out. Yes – we want to be aware of when to capitalize isolated words or not:)

  3. Roz Karp says

    Thanks for your response. I vaguely recall that you underline a title.. is that still valid? I know I sound picky but it bothers me on those clothespin games on Pinterest, too. I just think it sets a bad example. We have enough trouble in Kindergarten having to reteach children how to write their names as many teachers teach them in all capitals. My attitude is that if you start off correctly you waste less time in the future. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!

  4. Roz Karp says

    Thinking about it, I think I’d have rather the books said My Blue Book thereby showing it was the title.

  5. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

    You do not underline a title of a book on the book itself. You do underline a title of a book when referring to it or writing about it in other venues such as in school papers or articles and such.

  6. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

    This is definitely a choice you could make and it makes perfect sense to do it that way, however notice the the color word is still capitalized because it is in the title. In other words, whether you use a one word title or a three word titled, the title of the book is in capital form. I like the one word title only because I want the children to focus on that single element for now. Next time, I just might lengthen the title as you have described. I will definitely give that some thought. Thank you for sharing your insights and perspectives – I am always learning and rethinking.

  7. Roz Karp says

    You are right about the title issue. I did say it was a vague memory. I am 61 and have forgotten more than I remember.
    Thanks for responding to me so nicely and for being open to change and others’ thoughts. It makes you who you are.

  8. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

    Yes, our threes and prek use the color books. Each age group makes it their own of course. But it is a fairly open ended idea that is easily adapted to both ages.