Our color books in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on October 3, 2011

in Color Words, Our Color Books

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…

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