Make a LARGE Core Classroom Board

August 26, 2016 | By jmitchell | Filed in: Communication, Language, Making Materials.

Every classroom with nonverbal or minimally verbal children needs a Classroom Core¹ Board!  This tool can be used for morning group instruction AND will provide ongoing exposure to the target core words.  Language concepts (core words) should be taught in a short, interactive hands-on activities that explicitly teaches the concept.   Nonverbal and verbal students (who need to learn language concepts) benefit from the use of the Classroom Core Board.

I made one from $1 poster board:

After printing the symbols, I laminated and attached them to self-adhesive foam sheets. The foam adhesive made them more durable and gave them a sturdier hold.  I used Velcro to attach them to the board and wrote the word on the board to help them get back to the same location.

Here are the dimensions:

¹Core vocabulary is defined as a small set of unchanging words that are used across contexts. Core words can be presented in groups that correspond with the way young children learn language.  Core words that I start with are…. I, you, want, help, look, play, can, go, like, stop, more, done, in, out, same, different, uh-oh, that, here yes, no/not, what, where, who.


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