Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children go 'under the sea'

Under the sea: Christian, who has low vision loss, gets up close to a sea urchin.

Under the sea: Christian, who has low vision loss, gets up close to a sea urchin.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children VisionEd Preschool recently had an "Under the Sea" experience with Rangers on the Run.

The North Rocks preschool caters for children who have vision loss and the encounter provided the children with an opportunity to develop language in a fun, interactive environment.

"For children with vision loss who attend our preschool, having the opportunity to touch and interact with real animals is an integral part of their educational program," preschool director Kathryn Bowie said.

"In the lead-up to the visit we have been learning about the sea, developing language and concrete concepts such as 'what is a fish?'

"Just imagine trying to understand the concept of a fin on a fish if you cannot see.

"Being able to touch the whole animal allows them to better understand its individual parts."

Children had the chance to touch creatures like sea urchins and sea stars as well as a set of shark jaws.

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