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 Pre-Kindergarten program. A revised version of this curriculum has been published in August 2018.
The Spanish Pre-Kindergarten version (orange book), Conciencia Fonémica, is not a translation of the English curricula, and teaches 8 phonemic awareness skills with a focus on syllables. Two additional activities provide daily opportunities for recognizing letter names and sounds, and recognizing syllables. During the Language Awareness activities, the students learn to recite a new nursery rhyme each week.
Through the daily lessons, students engage in activities teaching early skills such as rhyming and identifying initial and final syllables, basic skills of blending and segmenting syllables, and working with the complex and advanced skills of adding, and deleting syllables. The skill of substituting syllables is taught in Weeks 19 and beyond. Throughout the curriculum, the lessons are taught with explicit teacher modeling and 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.