The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curriculum is a well-organized 35-week curriculum of daily phonemic awareness lesson plans developed on a systematic scope and sequence of skills. The lessons are 10 to 12 minutes to complete, easy to implement, and fun for teachers and students. They can be used for instruction within a half-day or full-day Kindergarten program. A revised version of this curriculum has been published in August 2018.
The Spanish Kindergarten version (red book), Conciencia Fonémica, is not a translation of the English curricula, but rather, it teaches the essential phonemic awareness skills using Spanish words and vocabulary with a focus on syllables. The curriculum 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.
Daily opportunities for recognizing letter names and sounds, and recognizing syllables are included. During the Language Awareness activities, students recite sentences aloud, counting the words in a sentence, and the students learn a nursery rhyme each week.
Through the daily lessons, students engage in activities teaching early skills such as rhyming, onset fluency (isolating initial sounds), and identifying initial and final syllables. They also engage in learning the basic skills of blending and segmenting syllables, and working with the complex and advanced skills of substituting, adding, and deleting syllables in words. 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.