Title: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell

    Author: Lucille Colandro



    Weekly Online Activities:


    1. Listen to the story, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell on YouTube: Click here


    "There was an old lady who swallowed a shell. I don't know why she swallowed the shell. She didn't tell." You won't believe why this old lady swallows a shell, a crab, a fish, a gull, a pail, some sand, and a wave! But watch out when she burps, with hilarious results!

    Listen and watch this story with your child. Feel free to pause the video and ask questions, point to pictures, or label animals to engage your child. If you have a copy of the book, have your child follow along by turning the pages in the book.


    2. Vocabulary Review:  shell, crab, fish, gull, pail, sand, wave, sand castle 

    Have your child identify the attached vocabulary. Ask "Where is __?" Once your child finds the picture, have them point to it. To encourage expressive language, ask your child "What's that?" while pointing to the picture. To expand language, encourage your child to say “there was an old lady who swallowed a  __" while naming pictures.


    3. Community Connection: Conversation starters

    Conversation is an exchange of ideas, usually informal, through spoken language between two or more people. In conversational interaction, we make eye contact with our partners. We nod along, giving verbal indications that we understand (“Mm-hmm,” “Oh, yeah?” “Oh, no!” “Wow!”). Our body language conveys our interest. We don’t interrupt too often—we wait our turn to contribute or opinion and to keep the conversation moving forward. We use language appropriate to children and the setting.

    Sometimes these skills, called social skills or social communication, are difficult for children. When this happens, conversational skills must be taught. Sometimes just starting a conversation can be one of the most challenging parts. Try starting a conversation with your child. Make sure you are taking turns, your child is making eye contact, and using sentences. You may need to keep the conversation going: try for 3 conversations turns each for you and your child. Here are five conversation starters to discuss with your child:

    1. What would you find in an ocean?
    2. What kinds of animals live at the beach?
    3. What would you need to bring to the beach?
    4. When is the weather good for the beach?
    5. Have you ever found shells?



    Please remember to contact me if you have any questions regarding these activities or the activities emailed to you on your child's "speech day."