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Do you remember your child’s first few words?

May 13, 2013

Do you remember your child’s first few words? Although Webster’s Dictionary did not 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!) Now, as 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!

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“Weeee, what a fun way to ride!”

Last week, during Kindermusik, we really enjoyed speaking nonsense syllables with our “Listening Walk” story. Dad’s shoes go “dup, dup, dup” and a cricket goes “creet, creet, creet”.  We’ve also been having fun saying: “woosh, swish, and weeeee” with a parachute!, instruments, and on our hayrides! Listening for funny sounds, making up words, and laughing together is so much fun, but why is it important?

In my Kindermusik studio, we are playing with nonsense words which support your each child’s early language and literacy development. While my students may laugh at the silliness of nonsense words from class like “Fiddle-dee-dee” or “fuzzy wuzzy,” my students are 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-blobber or fiddle-dee-dee away!

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