Explicit phonemic awareness and phonics instruction come together in our new K-2 foundational skills curriculum!

The journey to reading begins with phonemic awareness.

What is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that spoken words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes, and it’s one of the best early predictors for reading success.


of 4th graders and 69% of 8th graders are reading below a proficient level, according to 2022 NAEP scores.

National Association of Educational Progress Reading Assessment, 2022


of elementary students are capable of learning to read when they receive sufficient instruction on foundational reading skills.

"Narrowing the Third Grade Reading Gap" EAB Report, 2019


of teachers surveyed said Heggerty meets or exceeds expectations when it comes to having a positive impact on learning outcomes.

Strategex survey of 676 Heggerty customers, 2020

Heggerty is the most structured and systematic curriculum that I’ve seen. Everyone is really excited about it. It’s fun to watch. The kids like it too.

Heather Zuerblis,
District of Columbia Public Schools
Washington, D.C.

It's one of the most worthwhile purchases the district has ever made. Everyone is happy with it -- it's 100%! We've done a lot of site tours to see how the implementation is going, and good anecdotal stories just keep coming from the instructors. I honestly haven't heard anything negative.

Tammy Halfacre,
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

When you look for programs out there, there are hundreds of phonics programs but very few phonemic awareness programs that take students from the simplest to advanced forms. Heggerty has come out with a comprehensive and systematic way to do that. It follows an excellent scope and sequence. It develops all of the skills they need to know. No one does it as systematically as Heggerty.

Russell Washington,
School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

The Heggerty curriculum is consistent, repetitive, and presents the same skill in different ways. I've taken kids who were non-readers and after three to four months with the Heggerty program, they hear sounds and words and they segment and blend words which makes them better readers. It's the intermediary step between non-readers and readers.

Ashlie Kunkel,
Knox County School District
Tennessee, USA

The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness program is brilliant. It requires very little preparation and the lessons are engaging, quick, fun, and effective. The results speak for themselves, with a majority of students showing improved outcomes in both reading and writing.

Anna Burgess,
Queensland, Australia

Dr. Heggerty's program is easy to implement and requires very little preparation. We have used this program for one year and have seen fabulous gains in our students’ ability to attempt unfamiliar words in their writing.

Karen H,
Wellers Hill State School
Queensland, Australia

I purchased ALL the flash cards and love them! P.S. I love the updated Kinder "Blue Book!" My students are doing great...even virtual! That says a lot!

Lorraine Yaeger
Kindergarten Teacher
Clark County School District

Comprehensive, yet succinctly organized, logically arranged, and richly resourced. The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curriculum is the best research-based program for foundational literacy I have ever seen. Its value for hard-of-hearing & students struggling with central auditory processing issue is clearly applicable.

Judy Nelson, Hearing Support Teacher,
School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

This curriculum has had a powerfully positive effect on student achievement in eastern Montana schools. Student early literacy assessment scores have improved greatly in the schools that have begun using this curriculum over the past 2-3 years.

Pam Pettigrew,
RTL Support Specialist
Glendive, Montana

This is the best program I have EVER used! A few minutes a day and the results are mind blowing!

Tanya Jo,
Facebook Review

Strong phonemic awareness is crucial to reading success! Heggerty lessons are quick, fun, and multisensory!

Michelle Smith Miller,
Facebook Review

I use this curriculum in my classroom almost every single day! It is incredible and it is the ONLY thing that makes sense about teaching reading! I am literally obsessed.

Vanessa Marie,
Facebook Review

Our kindergarten and first grade used it last year and now it is being used in second grade! It has made a huge difference!!

Meg Gaddis Racanelli,
Facebook Review

We use your methods daily. The kids skills are improving, and we couldn't be more excited for them! Thank you for providing such an amazing program that is really worth the time and effort.

Annette Thueme
Reading Intervention Specialist
LakeVille Community School District
🗓️ Mark your calendars & join us for our next Heggerty webinar, "The First Steps to Science of Reading: A Closer Look at Foundational Skills"

⭐ Phonological Awareness, decoding & sight recognition are essentials of reading instruction, join Heggerty Literacy Specialist, Lauren Walsh, for a discussion on what foundational skills are & how you can bring these skills to your classroom in a FUN and engaging way!

In this webinar, Lauren will:
✔️ Define each of the skills in the word recognition strand of Scarborough’s Reading Rope
✔️ Unpack why they are important
✔️ & Explore ideas on how to help your students grow in phonological awareness, decoding, and sight recognition!

🔗 Link in Bio to register NOW, or visit:

* This live event will be recorded. Please register for the live event to receive the on-demand version, when available.
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✨ Isolating medial sounds in words is a basic phonemic awareness skill. The focus is on hearing the medial or vowel sound in a word. We ask students to isolate both short & long vowel sounds in the words they hear. 

🎢 We use our roller coaster hand motion when we are isolating those medial sounds, watch Mrs. Bottari as she walks through how to use this hand motion with your students! 

🔗For more skill tutorial videos, visit our YouTube channel using the link in our bio.
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“Bridge to Reading is the curriculum I wish I had when I was a teacher and a reading specialist. It's easy for teachers to follow, with explicit instructional language connecting phonemes and graphemes for a comprehensive and consistent approach to foundational skills instruction.

What makes it truly special is its ability to help teachers build their own professional knowledge, going beyond the what to help teachers, and even students and parents, understand the why of this approach to literacy instruction."

- Alisa VanHekken, Heggerty's Chief Academic Officer and Bridge to Reading co-author.

Tap the link in bio to view a sample, or visit
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⭐ Introducing: Bridge to Reading, the NEW Foundational Skills Curriculum from Heggerty. 

⭐ Bridge to Reading provides a perfect first step for K-2 classrooms looking to align their literacy instruction with the Science of Reading. It includes everything teachers already love about the Heggerty curriculum—it’s easy to use, seamlessly supplements your existing language comprehension resources, and provides teachers with support and knowledge to implement the curriculum with confidence.

⭐ Bridge to Reading, brings together explicit phonics instruction with Heggerty phonemic awareness lessons for a comprehensive approach to early literacy instruction that’s easy to implement & easy to love!

🔗 Learn more about Bridge to Reading at or click the link in our bio now!
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📙 NEW WEBINAR: Aligning the latest research on reading instruction with the realities of your classroom isn't always easy. Join Alisa VanHekken, Chief Academic Office & Alana Mangham, Director of Curriculum Development at Heggerty as they help you sift through the research and share strategies for providing explicit and systematic foundational skills instruction in order to equip students to become confident decoders of print.

✔️ By attending this edWebinar you'll learn practical instructional strategies to engage and support a reluctant reader toward becoming a skilled reader by bridging phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics to early reading. Participants will learn strategies that they can immediately implement in their classrooms that support the word recognition strand of Scarborough's Reading Rope.

⭐ Mark your calendars: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | 2:00 PM EST

🔗 Link in bio & in stories now to register, we hope to "see" you there!
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⭐ Skill Highlight: (Phoneme Isolation) Isolating Final Sounds is a basic phonemic awareness skill & can be more challenging than isolating the onset of a word. 

💪 We use the punch-it-out hand motion to help students isolate that final sound. 

✔️ As the teacher, you are going to use your left arm because students will see that as your right and we want students to see these sounds moving from left to right, the same way they are going to map print. 

🎥 Watch our very own, Mrs. Bottari model how to use this punch-it-out motion to isolate the final sound in a word. 

🔗 For the full skill tutorial video, head to the Heggerty YouTube channel, using the link in our bio.
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⭐ It's time for another #heggertytime share, this week we are excited to share Ms. Garcia's 1st-grade class from Rancho Verde Elementary school in Texas.

📙 These 1st graders are working on the skill- Phoneme Isolation: Final Sounds, "We are listening for the last sound we hear in a word."

💪 Ms. Garcia's 1st graders will listen to a word and isolate the last sound they hear, using the "punch it out" hand motion, sliding their right arm across the body when saying the first part of the word, and punching straight up in the air when saying the final sound

✔️ Teacher Tip: To reinforce the understanding of isolating the last sound in a word, use Elkonin boxes with colored chips to offer a visual for support for phoneme location

🔗 Find links for sample lessons, skill tutorial videos & a free Elkonin Box template in the link in our bio.
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📒Heggerty in the classroom: Ms. Baum leads her class in our Primary curriculum, they are working on deleting initial phonemes. @oneccps @reamselementary

⭐ Skill: Deleting Initial Phonemes- “We can take away the first sound from a word and say what is left.”

🙌 Hand Motion: Ms. Baum is modeling our deleting hand motion, holding two open palms out in front of her, her right hand is the initial sound, left hand is the rest of the word. Watch as she pulls away her right hand as the class deletes the first sound, and shows what part remains with her left hand. 

🤩 Her students are engaged, her pacing is fast & fun and they are on their way to becoming phonemic awareness all stars, keep up the great work!

Ready to try Heggerty in your classroom? Visit to download sample lesson plans!
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📣 NEW webinar coming soon- Phonemic Awareness: In the Dark or With Print? Join Marjorie Bottari, Director of Professional Development at Heggerty, as she addresses the tough question, should phonemic awareness be taught “in the dark” or only with print?

🔗 Link to register is in stories now & can be found in the link in our bio, or visit

During this webinar, Marjorie will discuss the importance of building a strong foundation in phonemic awareness for young learners and the important role it plays in supporting older learners that are still striving to become automatic decoders of print.

Marjorie will provide examples of when and why phonemic awareness should be taught as an oral and auditory warm-up to phonics instruction.

Finally, Marjorie will illustrate the reciprocal relationship between phonemic awareness and phonics and how to support learners in seeing the connection between sounds and print.

This webinar is intended for educators who work with children in Pre-K through 2nd-grade classrooms, in whole group, small group, or 1:1 settings.
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