Saturday, March 27, 2010
Super cres at best!
I'm beginning to think there's more to learning colors than strictly rote memorization. Soren's been fairly consistent in his ability to quickly pick up the names of new objects, but we've been trying to teach him colors for a while now, and they just don't seem to be sticking in his brain like everything else. Now, don't misunderstand me. This is not some sort of SWIPL handwringing on my part about what a tragedy it is that my not yet two year-old doesn't know his colors! Nor do I actually worry that he might genuinely be colorblind. (He doesn't, after all, simply mix up low contrast color pairs. He'll point at something black and proclaim it, "Yellow!") This is just me saying, "Hmm. It sure seems like there's some sort of brain training associated with recognizing colors, above and beyond simple memorization." So I've been thinking a little about that and wondering how babies and wee tykes physically see the world.
(I realize that it's almost certainly a mistake to have written the above without first doing even a cursory search into the topic. Someone - *cough*Tomand/orMCsquared*cough* - will no doubt point me to scores of studies dealing with the very subject of color acquisition. I accept this risk.)
It occurred to me, this week, that I'd neglected to properly introduce Soren to Sifl and Olly, so I made a point to correct my error. As a result, we've got some crescent freshness on tap for our Friday video recommendation.