Core Vocabulary Resources for April

March 31, 2015 by - 3 Comments

Core Vocabulary Resources for April
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We are leaving March behind and getting ready to focus on a new set of core vocabulary words for April. Whether you are following along with the 2013 Year of Core (12 words/month) or the 2014 A(nother) Year of Core: (16 words/month; Different than the previous year’s core words), or just getting started, here are some helpful resources.

Our words for this month are listed below.

  • 2013 List: big, busy, do, drink, feel, he, in, make, out, some, tell, who
  • 2014 List: blue, brother, close, family, head, last, long, no, old, right, scared, soft, thing, top, wash, whole

You can download the blank template to add in your own symbols for each of the words or check out the ones made for a variety of AAC symbols.

  1. Templates for you to plug in your own symbols: 2013 words, 2014 words
  2. Minspeak/Unity version: 2013
  3. PCS versions: 2013; 2014
  4. Symbol Stix version: 2013
  5. Smarty Symbols: 2013
  6. Speak for Yourself: 2013, 2014

Many, many thanks to Russell Cross, Gail Van Tatenhove, Allison Wade, Barbara Fernandez, Heidi LoStracco, Renee Collender, and all the others who have contributed to this effort.

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  • Jenny says:

    Thanks so much for doing this, but I think there are some errors in the links. The “Smarty symbols” link goes to the Symbolstix document, and the Speak for Yourself 2013 link goes to the Smarty Symbols one. I am looking for the Speak for Yourself 2013 document so I would love it if you could link to it!

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Hi Jenny-Thanks for bringing this to my attention. The links should all be pointing to the right place. Just so you know for the future, you can also go to the eToolbox and download them directly from there, too. That might help if this happens again and I can’t get to it right away. Hope you find them helpful!

  • Flic says:


    I am trying to encourage a teacher to use an aided language board with core words. It’s a class of 5 children with mixed diagnoses, generally non-verbal, some key signs e.g. more and finished, attention and listening is often a challenge for them. They are aged between 8 and 10. When engaged, receptively they generally follow one part instructions.

    My initial thoughts were to do a 40 core word display. My thoughts were that it should be a manageable amount for the teacher to get into the habit of using but sufficient to require regular use. However, I am bothered it may be too much for the kids due to attention etc but I understand the principles of ALS.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Many Thanks

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