I have a student that is frustrating me beyond belief. She seems to have learned almost nothing so far this year. She cannot identify most alphabet letter, numbers, colors, or shapes. She cannot count past six or seven. She just recently learned to write her names but she still can't always identify the letters in her name. I've worked with her in small groups, individually, got her a tutor, and send her to the interventionist. Nothing seems to work. She is very hard working and truly wants to learn and so I keep on trying.
Yesterday I decided to start small and work on the color red. I took an index card and wrote with a red marker the word red. I also drew a red blob on the card. I handed her the card and told her that we needed to find everything red in the school. I pointed to the red blob and said "B this is the color red. What color is it?" She replied "Red". So off we went. She pointed to several red items in the hallway before I realized that she was finding red items, but wasn't calling them red. So I said to her " What color are we looking for?" She said "Green". ARE YOU KIDDING ME! So I calmly said "No B, this is the color red. We are looking for things that are red". So we continued to find things that are red and I made sure that she identified the objects as red. After about ten minutes I said "Ok, what color are we looking for?" And she said "Green". THREE times she told me that we were looking for things that are green!
Our walk ended for the day but by the end of the year this child WILL be able to identify the color red!