There was much inquiry into my core communication flip book from last week’s post about Engaging Early Language Learners!
Guess what? I made a version just for you! You don’t want to miss this pre-made communication flip book for all of your communication needs!
My flip book is based on the idea that early language learners need a basic core vocabulary for all activities.
Here is a breakdown of the pages:
1. Core words. I chose 15 words that I felt would be the most useful for basic language activities. The words are color coded using the Modified Fitzgerald Key. The board occupies the lower 2/3 of a sheet of paper so that there is room for fringe vocabulary on top.
2. The fringe vocabulary closest to the core words is colors. These colors are printed lower on the page than the other fringe words so that they can been seen regardless of what is on top of them. Color word vocabulary does not need to be the ever-seen fringe vocabulary. You could choose numbers, letters, or any other frequently used vocabulary.
3-5. Fringe vocabulary strips are then created and stacked on top I have 7 layers of vocabulary including words for: iPad, crafts, work, emotions, books, eating, etc.
After all of the pages were printed, I laminated them, placed them in my desired order, and used comb binding to make it into a flip book.
So… that’s cool and all, but what about the REST of the fringe vocabulary? Such as the 20 bins of toys in my room with which I want my students to practice language skills.
This where I am very proud of myself for thinking outside the box (literally as you’ll see)! I am in the process of creating fringe vocabulary for each of play-based therapy toys. I have stuck them to the outside of the box using (Amazon affiliate link) Tack-It adhesive (Velcro would work too). When I child plays with the items in that box, I peel the strip off of the box and stick it to the top of the communication flip-book. Poof! Instant fringe vocabulary!
I have only been using this flip book for about 2 weeks. It is still in it’s “trial” stage, but I must say that I love it. My plan is to create several more for my SLPAs and self-contained classroom teachers. Changes I plan to make for future flip books include replacing “Not, In, On” with “Help, Like, Don’t Like” on the core page.
What do you think? Is this something you already do or would like to do?