Monday, May 9, 2011

Homemade Monday: Do You Know Your Colors?

Probably.

But we don't.

So we're working on it.

Most of the literature I've read describes learners with Down syndrome as favoring a visual learning style.  I think that's true for mine, but LC also favors musical and kinesthetic learning activities as well.

So, with that in mind, we came up with our latest learning tool...

Our colors book has a rhyme and corresponding pictures for nine colors:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black and white. 
Red is an apple.  Red is an apple.
Red says STOP.  Red says STOP.
Here come little ladybugs.  Here come little ladybugs.
Red on top.  Red on top.
Tune:  Are You Sleeping...

Most are rhymes that we found in other educational resources and tweaked to fit to the rhythm and notes of songs we knew.  We had to write a couple from scratch.  They aren't going to win any music awards, but they're functional.

There's also a colored area on the right side of each color spread that we use for interactive play, like matching snacks...

...or objects from around the house...


Since the squibs seem to be enjoying their book, we thought you might like one, too.

If you do, you'll need a 12 x 12 scrapbook for the book itself and colored strips of cardstock or construction paper for the top of each page.  (I had the paper already and the scrapbook cost $5 at Hobby Lobby.)

We'll send you the rest if you follow 3 steps...

1.  Make sure you're a formal follower of the blog.
2.  Leave a comment that tells us your favorite color.***
3.  Email us and ask for 'em.  (Our email address is at the top of the blog on your right.)

Do those three things and we'll send you the files for 38 flashcards (designed to be printed on 4x6 photo paper wherever you get photos processed) and the lyrics and tunes for nine color songs.

And you DON'T have to have a card-carrying member of the Down syndrome club in your family to get a set.  So share the link with anyone who might be able to put them to use.

I'll send the files out in one mass email on Friday morning, so send us an email before then if you'd like to be included in receiving a set.

 ***To add to the fun, if YOUR favorite color is the same as MY favorite color, I'll also send you a compressed file with 21 animals and their corresponding ASL signs...


CVS is currently having a 50 photos for $5 promotion that will end on May 16th, so this would give you a chance to take advantage of that offer if you'd like to over the weekend.

Happy Homemade Monday to you!

60 comments:

  1. My favorite color is orange. I love this blog. I read it right after Rants from Mommyland and before the news. This is a great resource. Thanks Courtney!

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  2. My favorite color is BLUE and Dalya's favorite color is YELLOW (the only one she names so far). We love following LC and Jace's adventures! And we would love to make a color book! :) ~Sarah (Detrich) Burton

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  3. My favorite color is RED! I really enjoy reading your blog and often share with my husband (who doesn't understand blogging but really enjoys your littles' adventures and your humor). Thanks for sharing.

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  4. My favorite color is green like good ole CHS! Also, my last name is the German word for green. Your color book looks sooo fun! :)

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  5. I met you guys at Carrie and Brian Nelson's wedding. I would love to make a color book for Zachary - his favorite color is red. -Elizabeth Ginn

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  6. My favorite color is purple. Nathan would love if his Mommy would make a picture book like his favorite buddies. I love your ideas.

    Kati

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  7. My 3 year old has been asking me all week what my favorite color is. I've been telling her I like all of them, but I doubt if that will work here. ;) My favorite color is red. Thanks for making my daily "Pudge and Biggie break" extra fun. :)

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  8. My favorite color is green. And seriously, this is amazing! I am always in awe of your creativity as you come up with ways to help your kiddos learn.

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  9. My favorite color is PURPLE and Addy's is YELLOW :)

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  10. My favorite color is sunshine YELLOW! Though blue is a close second.

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  11. My favorite color is purple. Most of our favorite sports team have purple and yellow as their colors. :)

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  12. Our favorite color here is red! Thanks so much for sharing, although my son won't use them (he's older).... I work with lot's of little ones, so truly appreciate your sharing!

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  13. Blue for me but Nava's new glasses will be Red!
    Thanks for offering to email out a great resource ;)

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  14. My favorite color is white. The color book is a really awesome idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Of course my favorite color is KSU Purple!! Brookelyn really likes pink or green but lets just make it simple and say purple! I would LOVE to make this book for Brookelyn! What a great idea. If you could email me info, I would be so excited!
    Kelli Hammond

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  16. My favorite color is RED! :) What a great idea!, Oh, and we are card-carrying members of the Squibs fan club and follow you faithfully!

    Hugs!~

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  17. Formal follower:Check
    Love Blue, but I think my kids like pink much better. :-)

    More than blue, I love your clever book!!!

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  18. What a great book...you are so very talented! My favorite color is Pink.

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  19. My favorite color is BLUE! I LOVE your blog and my kids LOVE the videos of the Squibs! :)

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  20. my favorite color is red and i will pay you to make one of these books for me. i seriously do not have the kind of motivation!

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  21. My favorite color is purple!! I just love reading about your precious and funny kids and hearing all your creative ideas! The color book is so cute, love the songs to go with each color!

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  22. Ooh ooh! I am a formal stalker... I mean follower.. Fav color is auqa blue. Thanks!

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  23. Hi,
    I've been wanting to make one of those books for about a year, but lack the necessary creativity.

    My favourite colour is split, pink due to being a girl in a male dominated household and green cos its just lovely.

    Love your blog - long time reader (and commenter)

    Christy

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  24. I love this book! My favorite color is blue, and Claire's is red. Love the animal cards too. :)

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  25. Love it! My favorite color is green. Checking on these cuties all the time! Wish I could see them in person!

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  26. Green:) I am a teacher and I love your book idea. Thank you
    Aimee

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  27. courtney you are so creative and so sweet to share! and i don't know if i can pick just one favorite color....but i guess baby blue or periwinkle because all my girls looks so pretty in it :)

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  28. My favourite colour is purple and well who knows what Amarli's is i have a feeling she likes them all. What a great idea to do a book like this and thanx for giving us the opportunity to have one too :)

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  29. Awesome idea..
    Navya's favorite color is RED and mine is Pink :)

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  30. Love your creativity. Thanks for sharing with everyone. My favorite color is green!

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  31. The book is so great!!! My favorite color is green :)

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  32. I love purple! Lizzie is REALLY fond of pink, and Josh seems to enjoy green right now since that is the color of his favorite ball. :) This book is so great! You have such wonderful ideas! Debbie F

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  33. I LOVE your ideas! My favorite color is Purple. I would love the information to use with my son and with our daycare to help the other kids. Thank you for sharing!
    Jessi

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  34. My favorite color is orange, followed closely by yellow!!!
    You are sooooo creative!! Love your blog lots!!

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  35. What a great book! My favorite color is blue. :) Thank you for offering to share your hard work. We love your blog.

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  36. We would love to have the tools to make a color book! Our favorite color is blue but we are a little stuck on "yelyo" too.
    Thanks,
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  37. Hmmm I bleed purple as well and am wondering if THAT is your fav. But honestly I love blue, and the awesome flash cards you offered months back. Excited to add another great 'fun learning' tool to my box! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. You are way too creative!

    My favorite color is hot pink, but Brett loves orange (that's the color I've forced upon him anyway :)).

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  39. oh my goodness I love the book idea! You are so creative in meeting the needs of your kids. My favorite color is probably blue. For the sky and for the pacific ocean.

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  40. What a great idea!! My favorite color is green. Thanks so much for sharing this! :)

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  41. My favorite color is orange. I love your blog! I am hoping to adopt a child with DS in another year or two and your blog inspires me :-)

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  42. SO COOL! I haven't read through all of your comments on this yet and I am going to, but you should think of publishing it, or copying it to sell. I haven't had much luck on finding children s books that have other children who have Ds in them. This is great!

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  43. Love your blog! Love your book! My favorite color is red.

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  44. LOVE those BOOTS! So cute!!!

    My fave color is BLUE!

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  45. Crap...I just left a comment and blogger didn't post it! To re-comment...I said my favorite color is BLUE :) I just your blog and reading about your squibs...and I hope to meet them (and you!) one day and give them big hugs! :) I'm going to add this book to my list of things to do that I have no clue when I will get it done...but hey, at least it will be on the list.

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  46. Oh! We want the book too! My favorite color is dusty pink, and Jack seems partial to all things red!

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  47. Well, I've been following you for quite some time, but now it's official! : ) My favorite color is green, and I can't wait to get your color pics, including the fabulous purple boots! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. I'm an official follower now... I just clicked every day rather than waiting.

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  49. LOVE,LOVE, LOVE reading about all your excitement! I sent an email but thought I should be overachiever and post a comment too ;) Miss Thea-Ann's favorite color is green...I think because that is the one she says the most without prompting. Hugs to all :)

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  50. Oooh how neat! My favourite colour is BLUE! Teddy doesn't have one yet, but I think his should be blue too, cause he looks so cute in it! Philip's is green and Matilda is torn ebtween pink and yellow :P

    Anna

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  51. I love your BLOG! I LOVE your kids! After a year of following your blog, I have finally figured out how to write a comment, I think. My favorite color is blue and my daughter's is purple. BTW, she has ds too and could be LC's twin! I would love to receive your colorful book of pictures! Thanks for all you do for the Ds community!

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  52. Love your blog! Love your book! My favorite color is red.

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  53. My favorite color is RED! I would love a copy of your wonderful color and animal pictures. I am an SLP in the school district and as you understand, the more tools the better :) Thank you so much! I absolutely L.O.V.E. your blog - on bad days it reminds me why I do what I do.

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  54. Generally my fav is blue, but it depends on what it's used for! Love green too. THanks so much!!

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  55. Love your blog and all the super cute pictures and videos of your cuties! My favorite color is pink.

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  56. Well aren't you just too cool for school?! All popular and sharing your goodies, too! Still my hero. :o)

    And I'm a fan of purple, but my girls are all pink, as you might have guessed. Maybe. Possibly.

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  57. My favorite color is green. My daughter Elise hasn't shown a preference yet so we definitely need your book!

    I found your blog the week before our daughter's heart surgery (March 2010) and haven't missed a day since! Thanks for all of the great ideas, funny stories, and pictures. I always start with your blog, but you have opened up a door to a broader DS community than we could ever have found on our own.

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  58. my fav color is blue...am i tootoo late to participate......just found this site today(9/3) through pinterest...would love any books you have as I teach special needs....thaks for your blog

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  59. Hello..I am way late but just became a follower..my favorite color is orange.
    I am a stay at home mom, previous special needs teacher and mother to two treasures rocking something extra special :)

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