After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Color Map

Felicity is a little behind in counting and colors.  When most almost 3 year olds are starting to learn the concept of colors and numbers, we were focusing on Lissy's speech delays and teaching her simple words like "help" and "owie" to help us know and meet her needs.  Now she's almost 3 1/2 and her speech is definitely improving.  Last year at this time, she was considered almost non verbal.  She had about 50 words but that was being generous.  Her Daddy's VERY hands on and even he couldn't understand 80% of those 50 words.  The only reason I could most of the time was strictly out of survival.  Today, I could never count her words.  She has way too many.  It wouldn't even be possible to keep track.  :)  Though we are still the main people who know what she's saying the majority of the time, family and friends close to us are starting to be able to understand her too.  It's exciting to see.

ANYWAYS....she's lately shown that she's ready to learn color concepts so I made her this SIMPLE "color map". 

She lays is out and simply gathers objects and places them on their correct color square.  When Logan, Zac, or I do it with her, we say the colors for her.  When she does it on her own, it's simple matching, though she does know how to say "blue", "pink", and sometimes "red."

It's a great way to encourage her investigation of colors and SO simple to throw together.  If you don't sew, you could simply cut squares out of paper and glue together.

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