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Hi

I have a child at our setting who finds it difficult to retain information. His mum in particular is concerned as he cant remember colour names. He can colour match . He is just 4.

Can anyone give any advice pleaese?

Thanks

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Re colours - a little tip that I picked up from a specialist teacher.........she explained that if you are 'teaching' about a colour and you have for example a red, a yellow, a green and a blue block and you ask the child to pick the red one and she/he picks the yellow you just say "no that's not red" rather than saying "no that's yellow" then you show them the red block.........she calls this system 'red, not red' - made perfect sense to me - not sure if I've explained that very well :blink: :1b

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Is learning his colours the only thing he struggles with? My friend's daughter just couldn't get her colours until she was at least 5 she had no other issues, my friend was really concerned but one day it just clicked. I had a child last year with downs syndrome and we spent all year trying to teach her colours but they weren't secure. The advisory teacher explained that colours were a very arbitrary concept and some children struggle transferring knowledge of the colour of one thing to something else, eg strawberries are red but red can also be attached to describe any other item. Some children just cannot get that that same colour can be used again for something totally different eg red is a strawberry and also a bus doesn't make any sense to them.

Deb

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Thank you for your replies. Mum has been working on colours at home for a while. I suggested it was in play to avoid pressure and to make it fun.

 

Have you ever had a reason as to why children finf information difficult to retain?

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It used to be thought that children's colour development was not secure until aged 7.

Personally, Ive never experienced that but I did once have a child come to school at 5+ who had very little colour knowledge. Think he could match but he certainly couldnt name.

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I think this has taken top priority for mum.

 

The child is just four and through our observations we have noticed that he can struggle to count (to 5) sometimes in order other times randomly. He takes a while to process simple instructions and dislikes direct questions (which we try to avoid to much to avoid pressure)

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Routinely confusing red and green is a sure sign of colour blindness speaking as someone with a father and son who are colour blind.

How long has the child been in the setting? Are there any other factors causing concern? Do they have appropriate language development in both social and imaginative language? Does the child enjoy role/small world play? Does the child give eye contact when speaking? Colour recognition is a relatively subjective concept so if that's the only concern I think a more in depth conversation with the parent may be useful.

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Hi No colour blindness in the family but he tends to use his left hand but does swap.

Humm i would be thinking possible dyslexia at this point....so if you want to teach colour you need to try to engage all his senses and do one at a time until he can do it consistently...don't be too quick to move on to the next one or try to confuse him by giving him a tricky one to identify.

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