Birth to Six
Onomatopoeia aka BLIRRRRRK
Cover Art The other day I tried to explain to my daughter what onomatopoeia is. You know, it's when a word is created to imitate a sound. (Remember the old expert, Batman? BAM, KAPOW, ZOWIE). Here are three ways you can use onomatopoeia to build literacy:
1. Ham it up! Like rhyming words and animal noises, words like 'PLOP' and 'SNAP' may be exaggerated to highlight the smaller sounds within them.
2. Try to think of examples of onomatopoeia together.
3. Make up your own words together (ie. I was jumping on the bed and PLOOFED onto the pillow).
The book that caused us to begin talking about onomatopoeia is Listen to My Trumpet by Mo Willems. Just see how many ways the author can mimic the sound of a trumpet.
 
posted Jan 28, 2013 by Larry Longard


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