Teaching the core communication word ‘like’ is often undertaken very early in the communication journey. Why teach ‘like’? Because it is one of the most useful words to teach. It is used in multiple contexts, all day everyday. So lots of opportunities to teach. Read on for some tips and a freebie to support you.
Ideas to teach – core word ‘like’
First of all we know we will be advertising the core communication word ‘like’, everywhere. Newsletters home. Advertising flyer on the door to class. Symbols around the room and of course ensuring staff and parents know where to locate ‘like’ on the different systems in use. Then we model, model, model. See here for more detail on how to do this. Here are two ideas for teaching the core communication word ‘like’.
Teach during Eating
|2 words||3 words|
|like||I like||I like it and/or use food or drink fringe if |
|like||like eat||you/I/she/he like eat|
|like||like it||like it yum/yes/|
|like||not like||I/You/He/She not like|
|like||like more||I/You/He/She like more|
|like||like help||I/you like help|
|like||like open/shut||I/you like open/shut|
Teach during Play
|1 word||2 words||3 words|
|like||like fast||like go fast|
|like||like slow||like go slow|
|like||like up||like that/it up|
|like||like down||like that/it down|
|like||I like||I like it/that and/or colour if available|
|like||I like||I like big/small|
|like||not like||not like it/that|
Explicit teaching of Core Word ‘Like’
- morning message: ensure ‘like’ is written and used in the morning message daily e.g., ‘I like the weather today’.
- Shared Stories By Title: ‘I Like Myself’. Utilise any story that has like or love featured in the title or within the story e.g., ‘Pete the Cat -I love my white shoes’. Lots of examples on Tar Heel Reader. Click here for a fun one
- Adapted books: I have one for you called ‘I like Food’ (see the bottom of the post)
- Predictable chart writing: use ‘like’ as a key word in the repeated sentence e.g., I like (noun); I like (verb); or I not like …
- Centre or task box matching of the core symbol: tracing a pre-writing pattern from ‘like’ symbol (or word) to an item; locating and daubing the ‘like’ symbol; circling like or not like picture categories.
Time to Teach
Go forth and get your core on. Remember if we are excited when using the core words it will encourage the students to use it. Point to the symbol and say it. I know you can do it!
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