Nonsense Words

Tracking our NoNsEnSe WoRd Progress...

First of all, you may ask? 
What actually is a NONSENSE WORD? defines it as such:
A NONSENSE word is a noun.  It is any word with no determinable or accepted meaning.  

In non-teacher jargon...Primary teachers simply use these silly words/nonsense words (and they are usually 2 to 3 letters long) to cement a child's knowledge between letters and the sounds they represent.  We want our little people knowing these sounds deep thinking involved here!  In teacher talk we refer to automatically as the word: AUTOMATICITY.        

Automaticity: is the ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low-level details required, allowing it to become an automatic response pattern or habit. It is usually the result of learning, repetition, and practice. (Wikipedia)


Look at this clan!  Don't ya' love 'em?!?  These are my grown children  and grandpets!    That's Holli (short for Hollister) between Chris and Gabi.  My daughter is holding Jonathan's pup, Blue.



  1. Hi I popped over from the forums to see your blog and got a sucked in! You are right, I think the problem for parents is that it isn't explained properly enough so they make their own conclusions!

    Lovely blog :)

  2. Thanks! You are so correct. It is especially difficult for the parent who learned to read strictly by sight. My husband is such a reader. When I show him a nonsense word he looks at it with crazed eyes. LOTS OF LAUGHS! Seriously, nonsense words has its place in the teaching of reading to primary students. I hope this blog entry will help some to better understand the intent behind using them in the classroom. Thanks for stopping by and I will be visiting you!