The Primary version of these lessons (yellow book) includes 10 components that are taught within each lesson, eight phonemic awareness skills and 2 additional activities to develop letter name and letter sound recognition and language awareness activities. The lessons should be taught daily in 1st and 2nd grade classrooms and can be used for intervention support for students in 2nd grade and above who struggle to decode.

Through the daily lessons, students engage in activities teaching early skills such as rhyming and onset fluency, basic skills of blending and segmenting sounds, and working with the complex and advanced skills of substituting, adding, and deleting phonemes. Through teacher modeling and daily practice, students receive scaffolded support to meet the needs of all learners in a classroom. The skills taught are supplemental to the literacy curriculum that is currently in place. When the lessons are taught consistently each day, teachers see improvement in students reading, spelling, and writing, as the students learn to hear the sounds in words.

The Primary curriculum can also be used with older learners

The Primary curriculum can also be used with older learners who demonstrate a difficulty in struggling to decode words. Teachers, interventionists, Reading Specialists, and Special education teachers can use the lessons to provide explicit phonemic awareness instruction in addition to explicit phonics instruction, as both skills are essential in helping all students learn to read. The phonemic awareness screener assessment can be used as a tool to determine the skills that should be taught to meet the individual needs of students.

Sample Lessons, Index of Skills and Scope & Sequence Alignment to Standards

Curriculum Implementation Aids


Use with the daily Letter Naming Activity. They can be printed out on heavier stock paper and then cut in half, as each sheet contains two flashcards.



3 Assessments for 1st grade students, with a scoring guide. Screener assessment for students in 2nd grade and above.


Primary version

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum — English Primary — 2020 Edition



The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curriculum is available in English and Spanish Pre-K, Kindergarten and Primary.
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The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Primary Curriculum is a yellow notebook in landscape orientation, spiral‐bound at the top.