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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
📚 Have you seen the new Heggerty Library decodable books? Watch how 1st grade teacher Madison from @fallingfor1st uses the decodable book “The Cluck Cluck Club” in her small group instruction. 

🔍 In this small group lesson, Madison is reviewing constant blends, and her students are learning about the suffixes -ed and -ing. 

🎥: @fallingfor1st “I have been loving these new decodable books from Heggerty! They’re perfect for small groups, and I love that they have built-in lesson activities and comprehension questions! Head over to the link in my bio to check them out 🌟 @heggertypa
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🎙️ Unlock the magic of Decodable Texts on this episode of Literacy Lunch Break! 

⭐ Series 1, Episode 1: Decodable Texts vs. Leveled Readers

🎧 Listen at: 

In this episode, we explore the ongoing discussion around Decodable Texts and Leveled Readers. Tune in as we define and dissect these two crucial components of structured literacy. 

Discover how Decodable Texts, intricately designed around phonics patterns, empower students to decode words with precision and explore the vital role of phonemic awareness and phonics instruction in building proficient readers. 

Gain insights into the concept of orthographic mapping and why teaching students to process individual phonemes is paramount in their reading journey.
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🎙️ Are you ready for the exciting launch of the “Literacy Lunch Break” podcast by Heggerty? Hosted by Marjorie Bottari, Director of Professional Development. 

📖 Get ready for the premiere of Series 1: “Decodable Texts vs. Leveled Readers” on Tuesday, September 12th! This series will feature 7 episodes diving into the topic of decodable texts. 

Listen at:

🎉 Join us regularly as we release episodes in a series format, providing you with a comprehensive exploration of key literacy concepts. 

⭐  Find us on all major platforms, and get ready for a podcast that’s designed to fit seamlessly into your busy life.
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🎙️ Introducing the Literacy Lunch Break podcast, your bite-sized guide to all things literacy! Hosted by Marjorie Bottari, Director of Professional Development at Heggerty.

⭐ Join us at for concise yet insightful episodes.

📚 In each episode, we deliver practical strategies and key insights that can be immediately applied in your teaching practice. Whether you're a seasoned educator or just starting your journey, our content caters to all levels of expertise.

👩‍🏫 Expect authentic conversations with teachers, experts, and thought leaders in the literacy field. Our mission is to provide you with real, actionable knowledge that makes a difference in your classroom.

🍽️ Hungry for a specific topic on Literacy Lunch Break? Feed us your ideas in the comments below!

📩  Subscribe and stay tuned for upcoming episodes, where we delve into literacy topics, one snack-sized episode at a time!
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🎥 : Madison from @fallingfor1st

🦸”Do you need a little something extra to help motivate your students during Heggerty time? Try selecting a Heggerty Hero! 

Each day I pick a student who is actively participating and engaged in the lesson to be our Heggerty Hero. They get a small prize and a certificate to take home!”

⭐ To download & print the Heggerty Hero certificates, visit
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✨ NEW Blost Post: 5 Tips for Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Success by guest author, first-grade teacher Madison from @fallingfor1st

Read the full blog post at

The newest blog post unveils FIVE teacher-friendly tips, for implementing Heggerty in your classroom. Tips include: 

💡Tip 1: Practice and Prepare
💡Tip 2: Set the Stage
💡Tip 3: Energize and Engage
💡Tip 4: Incentivize and Reinforce
💡Tip 5: Assess and Adapt

🦸‍♀️ BONUS- Spark joy in your students as they become Heggerty heroes! Download your FREE Heggerty Hero coloring certificate for a fun and rewarding way to acknowledge their engagement!
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🎒📚 It's that time of year again - back-to-school season is in full swing! 

We are passionate about supporting our fellow educators who are implementing Heggerty curricula this school year. Did you know we offer FREE resources to make your journey a breeze? 

Check out what's waiting for you:
📖 Informative Blog Posts
📽️ Daily Lesson Video Samples 
🤸‍♂️ Hand Motion Tutorials
...and more!

Everything you need is right at your fingertips at: We are here to be your sidekick as you embark on your Heggerty adventure, providing you with the support you deserve! 

✨ Take a peek at our resources and don't hesitate to share your thoughts on additional tools you'd love to see to make this school year a success.
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📚 Unbox the NEW Heggerty Library Decodable Books- Series 1 with Shawn from @learningalatteinfirst 

✨ Featuring:
+ Stunning illustrations that come to life 🎨
+ Clear phonics skills highlighted on the back cover 🔤
+ Dive deeper into learning with thoughtful questions & phonics extensions 🤔
+ Spark creativity through engaging writing prompts 🖋️
+ Enjoy fiction & nonfiction titles in every set 📖

Learn more at: 

🤓 Follow along for lesson tips & watch how @learningalatteinfirst works her magic during small group instruction with the Heggerty Library decodable books this school year!
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✏️ As you get your classroom ready for the upcoming school year, have you considered incorporating a Sound Wall?

👂 In our blog post titled "Why Make the Switch? Transitioning from Word Walls to Sound Walls," we delve into the transformation of traditional Word Walls into effective Sound Walls. Marjorie Bottari, Heggerty's Director of Professional Development, shares her personal journey in making this shift and addresses common misconceptions about Word Walls.

✨ Explore the shift towards Sound Walls, where the emphasis on articulation, phonemic awareness, and speech-to-print learning empowers students to genuinely connect sounds with letters, creating a stronger foundation for literacy.

🤓 You can read the full post by clicking the link in our bio or visiting
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December 15th 2020 • Interviews & Case Studies • By Alisa VanHekken

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