4 year old refuses to do his colors

Shannan - posted on 07/22/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old stepson is with us for the summer. He has been here for 3 months now. He starts preschool when he goes back home to his moms. I bought flashcards to work with him and get him ready for preschool. We know he knows his colors because when he wants he will tell you what color things are however when we try to do his flashcards he will refuse to either say some of the colors or all of them. I know its cause he doesnt want to do them but how do I get him to focus he starts school and I want him to be ready.

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Shannan - posted on 07/22/2013

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We have tried foods just items he is wearing coloring puzzles it just hasnt worked but at least we know that he does know them. But to focus on anything for more than a couple of minutes at a time is hard and he loses interest very quickly. I am just worried about once he gets to school him getting in trouble because of losing interest and then wanting to do his own thing when usually in school they have a schedule of what they do when.

J - posted on 07/22/2013

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It looks like the flashcards are not working (i.e., capturing his interest). Is your kiddo a hands on type of person? Get him colorful things to manipulate (blocks, crayons, paints, cars) and see if he'll respond to that. Is he a kiddo who likes songs? Get on youtube and type in "color songs for children" and let him listen and look. Maybe he'll dig a really cool song and sing it (my kiddo 23 months old) sings the "rainbow color song" - he loves it! Also, what does he do at home? Maybe there's something familiar from his home that he's done with his mom. Sometimes that's a good starting point. Or... take a walk with him around the neighborhood, the mall, the beach... use the environment around you to make a game of it. "I see something purple"... and see if he can find something in that color. Lastly, and I know lots of people are not fans of videos, but honestly if a child is in a new environment or hard to connect with, starting out with something less threatening is a good thing. Let him watch an educational leapfrog video and work up to the flash cards. Make a sticker chart and give him a star every time you catch him naming a color. Or, if you have friends with kiddos ... invite them on a playdate and see if the other kiddo would be interested in a craft and you could talk about colors together. Sometimes kids are open to other kids more than adults when it comes to learning. But I tend to look at what interests that particular child. Try and relate colors to his interests, and he's more likely to participate.

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