Strengthening the Core: Modeling January Words

January 6, 2015 by - 7 Comments

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Looking for some ways to help your AAC learners become more competent in using core words? Here’s an approach you may want to try: Keep it manageable by choosing only a dozen or two core words to focus on each month. In previous years, we shared lists of some core words to help you do just that.

Those posts have links to downloadable grids with the core words for each month that can be used as a focal point for lesson planning.

Rather than introducing new words at this point, let’s take some time to strengthen our core by modeling the words in everyday interactions. Here are some suggested phrases, sentences, and questions for each of the core words from our 2013 list. Click on the image or visit the e-Toolbox to download a copy.

Strengthening the Core: Modeling January Words


Stay tuned for suggested sentences for the 2014 words!

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  • Alison Wade says:

    Hi Carole,
    Thanks for posting the suggestions for each word. I find these very helpful. I looked for a set of pictures for the 2013 core word set but couldn’t locate them. Could you use a set of January and Feb 2013 core words done in Boardmaker PCS, text, and Symbolstix? They are saved as pdfs, but originally made in Boardmaker. – Alison

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Alison, that would be awesome! Here is one for SFY: and here is one for Minspeak: Having others would be really great!

      • Laura says:

        Hi Alison and Carole,
        Are the PCS and Symbolstix for February posted somewhere- I can’t seem to find them. I am meeting with the classroom teacher tomorrow and I would love to give her the resources. These have been SO helpful in getting teachers and paraprofessionals to have some words to focus on each month. Thank you, thank you!!!

        • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

          Hi Laura-So glad the resources are helpful. They are not up yet, but my plan is to get it ready for publication on Tuesday. 🙂

  • Beth says:

    Great stuff! Thanks for posting.

  • Ness says:

    I love this and can’t wait to use! The links after the table don’t work for me though-might be worth a check?

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Thanks for your comment, Ness. I added links to those two things at the end of the post. Let me know if you have any further trouble. Happy modeling and thanks again!

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