Some of the most descriptive words to use in speaking and writing are COLORS. Color adds depth, variety and explicitness. How effectively we use color in language and writing is what lends new light and dimension. Today’s 2 Adjectives are color words. These colors will take hue and your children on a picturesque ride!
1. heather – of the color or appearance of heather; purple with a tint of pink and blue; grayish. What to love about this word? The word heather also defines a low evergreen shrub that grows in dense mass and has small purple-ish flowers. The color heather derives from the color of the flowers on the heather shrub. Explain to your children that words sometimes come into being from other words. The word heather is commonly applied to fabrics and clothing… sweaters, suits, dresses, etc. heather is a lovely word to use in writing when gray is just not enough. Example: The old woman’s heather-colored sweater reminded her son of the heather-clad land of another time. Be on the lookout for heather-colored items in your home and closets. Keep a color chart handy for your kids to see hues, tints and colors come alive with their descriptive names. heather. Oh, how lovely.
2. heliotrope – a shade of color like that of a heliotrope; brilliant purple; pinkish purple. What to love about this word? The word heliotrope also defines a cultivated plant with small, purple flowers. The color heliotrope derives from the color of the heliotrope plant. Introduce your children to this beautiful, descriptive word. Check a color chart with them and find heliotrope. Hang a beautiful color chart in your home. Look for heliotrope in your surroundings. Explain to your children the rich, vast, many hues, tints and colors that are there for the taking and describing. heliotrope makes purple so much more exciting and interesting. Example: The girl’s pleasant heliotrope bonnet was a surprising contrast to her white coat and gloves. Kids love to know. Help them know descriptive colors!
heather. heliotrope. COLORS. Brilliant, descriptive colors. Adding color to language and writing is like painting a white room heather or heliotrope! Give your children the gift of colors. Remember that LITERACY is all about WORDS – Written, Spoken, Felt.