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Speech & Language tips related to “Under the Sea”

Under-the-sea

When thinking about “Under the Sea”, try to consider everything about the sea that might interest your child e.g., sea creatures, plant life, shells, sand, water, boats, fishing, swimming. There are a wide variety of books and puzzles available that can help your child with learning the words for all aspects of sea life. You can pair these with fun activities at home to help your child build a good understanding and use of language to communicate what they learn about this topic.

Hands on activities help utilise all the senses for learning, so think about all the senses your child is using when learning about this topic - visual, tactile, movement, sound, smell and even taste! One such hands on activity that is easy to do is water play. It is usually a highly exciting activity for children of all ages. Here are some ideas for activities that you can do with your child that will help him or her learn and practice new sounds and words:

Speech sounds

Children love to practice new speech sounds through sound play e.g., mimicking animal noises. “Friction” sounds such as the /f/ and /sh/ in “fish” and /s/ in “sea” fit well with the topic of “Under the Sea”.

  • “sh” -  say “shhhhhh” when you turn on the tap to describe the sound the water makes whilst running into the bath / sink. Talk about things “splashing” in the water.
  • “p” – drop (“plop plop plop”) animal bath toys (e.g. fish, octopus, turtle, duck, boats) in the water.
  • “p” – add bubbles to the water and “ pop”  them or blow the bubbles off the bath toys.
  • “f” – play “find the fish” in the water.
  • “v” – make a “vvvvoom” sound for the boats in the water.

Language

  • Borrow books from the library (fact/fiction) that are related to “Under the Sea” such as “Tiddler” (Julia Donaldson) or “The Snail and the Whale” (Julia Donaldson).
  • Name the sea animals and how they move (e.g., fish swims, crabs crawl). Using gestures for these animals can also help your child communicate with you about an animal before he or she can say the name of the animal.
  • Talk about the colours, shapes, textures, size of items related to the sea. You could do this whilst reading a book, finding shells at the beach, touching sea creatures “Touch Pool”  at an aquarium.
  • Ask your child to think of possible names for different sea creatures.
  • Craft – draw, paint, and create sea creatures of all sizes and colours.
  • Sing songs and rhymes.

Older children may like to listen out for the sounds in the names of sea creatures and attempt to write them. Also, they may enjoy picking out their favourite sea creature and learning facts about it that they can relay to others.

If you would like more information about speech and language development, or would like to discuss your child’s communication, feel free to contact me on 0417 255 062.

Catherine Downs

Catherine Downs

Catherine Down is Platinum Pre School's preffered Speech Pathologist, she writes specifically tailored articles for the Platinum Newsletter and advises our staff on questions related to childhood speech development. Catherine is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is an affiliate member of the American Speech - Language - Hearing Association (ASHA).

Catherine holds a BA in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and a BAppSc of Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney. Catherine's qualifications and experience give her a unique set of skills for dealing with clients who are having communication, literacy and learning difficulties.

To find out more about Catherine's services or to book an appointment, please call Catherine on 0417 255 062 or visit her website - www.cdsp.com.au

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