I’m discovering that hockey jerseys can be a really useful kindergarten readiness tool! Some kids not only use them to learn numbers but the sweaters can also be used for learning colors. Let’s see, the Devils and Red Wings are red; green and blue for the Canucks, Dallas Stars are green, the Bruins have some yellow, the Flyers some orange, the Kings some purple and lots of teams have black and white. Using hockey sweaters to practice colors would not have occurred to me but it can be very appealing for some kids.
Colors are an abstract concept. They have no shape or size; they are not a thing. We can’t feel a color or go to the store and buy it. Many different objects share a color: an apple, a car, a shirt or a cut on a finger can all be red. In order for children to learn a color they need to see lots of things that are that color and lots that aren’t. Plus, there are zillions of variations of each one. Colors are not easy to learn. Many readiness for kindergarten evaluations ask if kids know colors because it is a quick way of checking the level of learning. Kids who are struggling with colors may be struggling with other concepts, too.
The score for hockey and kindergarten readiness is up to 2. Can you suggest some more ways that hockey can be used for learning?