Do you remember your child's first few words? Maybe you're still waiting to hear their first sounds? Although Webster's Dictionary didn't include definitions for "da," "ba-ba," or "la," you knew-without a doubt-your little one said daddy, bye, and mommy. (Or, something along those lines!) When your child becomes a toddler, you may hear your child deliberately making up silly sounding words and giggling profusely. I mean, seriously, blibber-blobber, really is funny! Laughing together over nonsense words supports your child's growing sense of humor!
In Kindermusik, we know that nonsense words also support your child's early language and literacy development. While your child may laugh at the silliness of nonsense words from class like "Fiddle-dee-dee" or "fuzzy wuzzy," your child is also practicing in the development of specific oral motor skills that create vowels, consonants, or cluster sounds. Nonsense words often employ alliteration and rhyme, which fosters phonemic awareness or the understanding that words are made up of small speech sounds or phonemes. So, blibber-blubber or fiddle-dee-dee away!
Everyday Connection: Call the doctor. Dr. Seuss made a living making up nonsense words like wocket, grickle-grass, and zizzer-zazzer-zuzz. Read some Dr. Seuss this week and add some new nonsense words to your family's vocabulary.
Ms. Leah grew up in Asheville, NC and was exposed to music at an early age. She played violin and then grew to enjoy participating in high school and church choral and drama programs.