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Colour & Shape Identification

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Reading and math readiness skills prepare preschool age children for the task of reading and understanding mathematics, two of life’s most important skills and the basis for all learning. The ability to identify and name colours and shapes are essential components of reading and math readiness.

How do children learn to recognize colours and shapes? Each child passes through developmental stages at his or her own pace.*For most preschoolers, learning the names of colours and shapes is a simple process of learning the names of the colours and shapes and associating them with everyday objects.

After a child can identify colours and shapes, he or she will be ready to find similarities and differences between objects. How many sides does a square have? How many sides does a triangle have? Which shape has more sides? Which shape has fewer sides? What is the difference between an apple and an orange? Being able to answer these kinds of questions is called ‘critical thinking’ and is an important part of reading and math readiness.

Classification is another developmental skill that is an important part of learning colours and shapes. Separating groups of objects based on colour and shape paves the way for more advanced classification skills.

As a parent with a busy schedule, how can you help your child learn colours and shapes? Chances are, you’re already doing it. Talk to your child about everyday objects. What colour is your apple? How many sides to your slice of pizza? Listen when your child talks. Point out the colour and shape of objects that you encounter together when you are with your child. You’ll be amazed at how much your son or daughter will learn if you’ll simply talk about the colour and shape of common household objects. How quickly your child will learn to recognize colour and shape depends on a lot of factors. But once your child has learned to recognize colour and shapes, he or she will want to practice finding examples everywhere.

Colours and Shapes is a fun, convenient way to introduce and reinforce the basic concepts with your preschooler.

*In order to recognize colours, first a child must be able to perceive colour. Colour blindness or colour vision deficiency is the inability to perceive differences between some of the colours that others can distinguish. In the United States, about 7 percent of the male population has colour vision deficiencies that affect the ability to perceive colour.