PrAACtically May: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words

April 27, 2017 by - 4 Comments

PrAACtically May: AAC Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words
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PrAACtically May: Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary WordsIt is just about time to flip the calendar to a new page, and that means it’s time for a new set of core words to model, elicit, and practice. In this post, we have a number of resources and an announcement (**scroll to the bottom**) for those who’ve tried their hand at implementation.

Thanks to all who’ve reached out with questions, comments, and words of appreciation for the Year of Core Vocabulary series. Here are some helpful resources for those who are using the words in Set 1 ( 2013 Year of Core Words) or Set 2 (Another Year of Core Words). If you are contemplating this approach, feel free to jump in at any time. The best time to start (or re-start) is right now. Don’t worry about retracing steps, or not ‘doing it right.’ The best way to get better at core vocabulary instruction is just to keep at it. It takes time, practice, and a willingness to keep at it.

Our words for this month are as follows.

Set 1 (2013 List): all, down, good, little, my, question, sad, she, turn, up, who, why

Set 2 (2014 List): bathroom, car, child, confused, green, hard, how much, man, mean, never, part, remember, sister, so, today, us

A great many thanks to our colleagues Barbara Fernandes, Rachael Langley, Lisa Timm, Nancy Inman, Brian Whitmer, Russell Cross, Gail Van Tatenhove, Allison Wade, Heidi LoStracco, Bill and Lori Binko, Eric Sailers, and all the others who have contributed to this effort.

  1. Templates for you to plug in your own symbols: Set 1 words, Set 2 words
  2. Minspeak/Unity version: Set 1 words
  3. PCS versions: Set 1 words, Set 2 words
  4. Speak for Yourself: Set 1 wordsSet 2 words
  5. Symbol Stix version: Set 1 words
  6. Lesson Pix version: Set 1 words
  7. Smarty Symbols: Set 1 words, Set 2 words
  8. CoughDrop: Set 1 words; Set 2 words
  9. WordPower: Set 1 words (Note: This is a large file that contains the resources for several versions of WordPower)
  10. WordPower: Set 2 Words in Symbol Stix and PCS (Both are large files that have sets for different versions of WordPower)

Reading is a great way to build in some extra core word practice. If you like reading with your prAACtical pals, we have some book suggestions. The following list is for Set 1 words.

May Calendars 

Rachael Langley’s wonderful core word calendars have been showing up on bulletin boards and refrigerators around the globe. She has lots of fun and easy ideas for our May words. (Click on the image to download the calendar for Set 1 words.)

PrAACtically May: Core Word Calendar by Rachael Langley


PrAACtically May: Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words


Need some ideas for ways to target the May vocabulary beyond the single word level? Lisa Timm has some suggestions for us.

PrAACtically May: Resources for A Year of Core Vocabulary Words

You can print out these sentences and the Set 2 calendar here.

Need even more ideas? Rachael Langley took care of that, too. (Click here or on the image below.)

PrAACtically May: Core Word Calendar by Rachael Langley


Announcement: We’re celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month with a little giveaway. If you’ve been using the Year of Core Vocabulary materials we’ve published in the last 4 years, we’d love to hear from you. To enter, share a photo and a few sentences about what you’ve been doing with your Year of Core resources on our Facebook page (, or tag us on Twitter (@PrAACticalAAC), or Instagram (@praacticalaac).  I have a couple of AAC-related goodies that need homes with some of our prAACtical friends.

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This post was written by Carole Zangari


  • Meg Pierce says:

    I have created a set of Core word lists using LAMP – Words for Life 84 Full sequences. I know I have several students using this particular system, and I would love to share this resource with others in the same position! Please let me know how to share.

    • Kristy Delvisco says:

      This is a great resource. Thanks for sharing. It helps me plan the last few weeks of school to work out the kinks so come August I can roll effectively.

      Meg Pierce I would like to connect with you to get a set of core word lists using LAMP. I have students using both programs and want to ensure they are utilizing this as much as possible.

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Meg, that would be great! You can use the Contact tab at the top to message me (or reach out on the PrAACtical AAC Facebook page). Thanks for the kind offer!!!

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