PrAACtically August: A Core Word Calendar

August 3, 2015 by - 3 Comments

PrAACtically August: A Core Word Calendar
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Can you believe it is August already?! AAC learners have a lot to say and helping them get more fluent with core vocabulary is a great way to support them. The wonderful Rachael Langley has a month of ideas for us. Enjoy!

PrAACtically August: A Core Word Calendar


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  • noreen philbin says:


    I am looking to start using the year of core grids with my students. Should I start with the January word set or begin with October? I know that core vocabulary is based on normal language development and wasn’t sure if I needed to begin with a certain set.


    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Hi Noreen! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to pose a question. It’s a great one, actually! The Year of Core Vocabulary is really intended to help us all move forward to keep teaching new words. The intention was not to be a developmental list of words in the chronological order that they should be introduced or taught, but rather a way for us all to support the learner’s ability to use a core vocab AAC system over time. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” as my grandfather was fond of saying. By focusing and giving specific attention to a new set core words each month, the student gradually gains more and more skills with their AAC system AND we adults get more familiar with it, too.

      There is no single ‘right’ way to do it. If it were me, I would just start using the current month and keep moving on from there. The important things is not WHERE you start, but that you ARE starting! Hats off to you, Noreen! And thanks for making my day. 🙂

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