So… what is this episode about visiting an optometrist’s office doing in the tail end of the Rainbow Series?
Well, let’s connect the dots between the videos so you can have a meaningful conversation with your children about rainbows, colors, light, eyes, and what the heck they all have to do with each other.
The biggest take away from our “Rainbow Rap” video was the concept that “Color is the perception of light” and seeing things around us is all a matter of perspective. Roy lays it out in the lyric, “He sees me, and you see me too. But if you saw through his eyes you’d think that I moved.”
Next we reviewed the many colors of the color spectrum in Crazy Colors. Sajja and Kabba say colors followed by an object with that color “I want to look like a banana.” FLASH! Everything turns yellow.
Then we take a journey with a ball of white light that appears and splits into the primary colors, learning that even though we see white light, all of those colors are present! Pretty mind (and color) bending stuff!
In the next video, Sajja and Kabba meet someone who is colorblind. We’re back on that perspective train again established in the Rainbow Rap. The very things we see are subject to change by the sole quality of one’s own perspective.
Which brings us to the optometrist…
How can we see all the colors around us and express what we see if we don’t keep our eyes in tip-top shape and give them assistance when needed? Light bounces off of surfaces, absorbs/reflects certain parts of the spectrum, then it bounces into our eyes, where they and our brain constantly interpret the input. (Really missing one of those Arizona sunsets right now)!
Our eyes are the only avenue for us to perceive this wonderful world of bright colors. Dr. Odum not only reminds us of the importance of our eyes, but she also shows children how easy the exam process is!
These are not concepts we expect children to understand right away, and we strive to meet them where they are through our fun and educational content! A smooth introduction (and a little help from you) helps them begin to grasp how the world around them works!
Next week, with the help of a Chicago kids band called The Lucky Trikes, we touch briefly on the absurd notion that people may be prejudice against different colors of fur… all because light bounces off of them a little bit differently.
P.S. Did you know that ancient Greeks used to think we shoot “lasers” out of our eyes to see? Sometimes it’s easy to forget how far society’s baseline scientific knowledge has come!