Monday, January 24, 2011

From green and white to brown

One of the fun things about this age is that toddlers have so much to learn. And they're ready. Such sponges. Nate is interested in pretty much everything. And as exciting as it is, it can be a little intimidating too. Since I've been fortunate enough to stay home with Nate so far, I've been his primary teacher. Up until now, I've felt that my main goals in parenting were (1) survival - mine and his - and (2) loving him to pieces. Now that I feel like I've got those well under control, I've been concentrating on the other ABCs, 123s and colors.
I try to remember to focus on colors throughout the day, but the best opportunities tend to come at traffic lights "green means GO!" and while we color with crayons. Nate loves to color, or as he says "dju dju!" (draw). He loves when I label the colors for him. He hasn't made a lot of headway with repeating the names, but he can say blue and brown very well.

bonus baby sign: Dinosaur (click here  for ASL sign)

He can also kind of say green ("gr"), but not even close on the other colors. It occurred to me today that perhaps if I found - and taught him - the signs for the colors, it might make it easier for him to learn. I'm going to start with RED and YELLOW. I'll let you know how it goes.

Beeswax Block Crayons (Set of 8)By the way, I finally got the Beeswax Block Crayons (Set of 8) for Nate for Christmas. I had had my eyes on them forever. I absolutely love them. None of them have broken (unlike most of our traditional crayons), there is no paper wrap to get in the way and the color is vibrant. I love how you can color with the side and cover large areas of paper. The blocks are soft and give off beautiful color with the lightest amount of pressure. Great for little hands.

What art supplies are you using?

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