Many early childhood classrooms are using a Core + Fringe format during their classroom routines (Circle Time, Story Time, Arts & Crafts, Science etc.) In so doing they are ensuring that their Aided Language Stimulation is providing students with a fuller range of communicative functions ... not just 'wants and needs'.
This resource allows you to create 48 Dual=Representation Core Symbols (DLM 40 + 8 additional vocabulary items) that are considered to be high frequency in both spoken and written communication. These high frequency symbols are typically displayed as a grid on a base board with room on the far right for adding 'activity-specific' Fringe Symbols. This array of constant core symbol & variable fringe symbols can creatively address the communicative needs of a multitude of classroom activities using Aided Language Stimulation.
Dual=Representation Symbols (D=R) give the Facilitator easy access to two levels of representation during the lesson (e.g., PCS symbol on one side, printed word on the flip side). A high contrast option is also included in each resource to address the needs of some (but not all) students with visual impairments. If you are dealing with a 'mixed ability classroom' that includes students that might benefit from a high contrast option, you might opt to used the regular PCS symbol backed by the High Contrast, i.e., allowing you to present content up close and personal in keeping with that child's visual field preferences. D=R symbols also allow you to more overtly stimulate students with literacy by periodically flipping a symbol to reveal it's printed word equivalent. In short, Dual=Representation Symbols give you greater flexibility within a group format.
If you are wishing to create a text-based Staples banner for these detachable Dual=Rep symbols, here is a blog post providing more information regarding the process: Staples Banner – Creating Non-Electronic Facilitator Displays http://bit.ly/2yH0WD6
To color code or not to color code? That is the question! I am a fan of color coding according to grammatical category … as I do feel it facilitates the task of conducting Aided Language Stimulation. Yes grammatical category does vary with context, but I find the primary purpose of the color coding is to help navigate the grid more efficiently when conducting Aided Language Stimulation.
There are 4 versions of this Core Symbol Set.
This is version 3 that includes:
High Contrast PCS symbols = PCS (Mayer Johnson color code - color figures)
High Contrast = Printed Words
Printed Word= PCS (Mayer Johnson color code - color figures)
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