The Bridge to Reading, Foundational Skills Curriculum 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.
The Bridge to Reading curriculum provides everything teachers need to implement daily whole group phonemic awareness and phonics lessons in 45 minutes or less, including:
- detailed teachers’ guides
- student practice books
- multisensory learning tools
- decodable texts
- classroom visual aids
- progress monitoring assessments
- access to interactive classroom tools and digital curriculum
- a robust learning library for teachers including on-demand professional learning courses
Phonemic Awareness vs. Phonics
Understanding the two Ps of Early Literacy Skill Building
If you've ever questioned, "what's the difference between phonemic awareness and phonics," you're not alone! These common Science of Reading terms are often confused or used interchangeably. And while both components are absolutely essential for reading, it's important to understand that they are not the same thing.
Bridging Research and Reality
Balancing Foundational Skills Instruction in the Classroom
Aligning the latest research on reading instruction with the realities of your classroom isn’t always easy. In this event we'll sift through the research and shares strategies for providing explicit and systematic foundational skills instruction in order to equip students to become confident decoders of print.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will Bridge to Reading be available for purchase?
Bridge to Reading for kindergarten or first grade will begin shipping to classrooms in June 2023. We have begun accepting pre-orders for kindergarten and first grade as of January 12, 2023. Bridge to Reading for second grade will begin shipping in August 2023 and will be available for pre-order in early 2023. For purchases of 6 or more classroom kits, request a quote and a Heggerty Education Sales Consultant will contact you within 2 - business days to confirm the details of your quote, and assist you with placing your pre-order.
Is Bridge to Reading replacing the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum?
No! Our beloved phonemic awareness curriculum is here to stay so that we can continue to serve the unique needs of all classrooms and educators. If you are happy with your existing phonics program, then the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum remains a perfect complement to your existing curriculum. If you are looking for a comprehensive solution to word recognition, then Bridge to Reading provides the perfect opportunity to align your phonics instruction directly to the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lessons.
What about grades 3-5?
Coming soon! Our team is actively working on Bridge to Reading for the upper elementary grade levels which we hope to launch in 2025.
I already own the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum, can I just purchase the phonics component?
A comprehensive solution, Bridge to Reading combines the 2022 edition of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lessons with explicit phonics instruction in a single, easy-to-use teacher’s guide, therefore we are unable to offer the phonics component as a stand-alone product.
Existing customers will be offered a one-time $89 discount on the Bridge to Reading Foundational Skills Kit for each 2022 edition purchased of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum in the corresponding grade. For example, if a customer purchased 100 copies of the 2022 edition of the Kindergarten phonemic awareness curriculum, they will receive $89 off of each Bridge to Reading Foundational Skills for Kindergarten set purchased, up to 100 sets.
How much will the Bridge to Reading curriculum cost?
Both the Bridge to Reading Foundational Skills for Kindergarten Classroom Kit and the Bridge to Reading Foundational Skills for First Grade Classroom Kit retail for $1699. A renewal fee of $899 will be charged annually starting in 2024. Volume and multi-year discounts are available for our district partners. For more details contact sales.
Why is there an annual renewal fee? What does it cover?
The annual renewal fee for Bridge to Reading is $899 and includes a 1-year teacher license with digital access and 25 of each of the student consumables.
Can I purchase the digital components of Bridge to Reading without the physical products?
The digital components of Bridge to Reading are designed to support implementation of Bridge to Reading and would require access to the physical components of the kit. Therefore, the digital component is not available for individual purchase, except in cases where coaches or administrators are supporting classroom instruction. These standalone subscriptions will be available for purchase through sales conversations only, and will not be featured on our webstore.
Is Bridge to Reading available in Spanish?
We're currently discussing Spanish and/or bi-literacy editions of Bridge to Reading for a future release.
Can I purchase Bridge to Reading products individually?
Bridge to Reading is a comprehensive program designed to be used as a complete set. For flexibility, we do offer individual components, such as student practice books, learning aids, or decodable books sets, to be purchased individually within our online shop. If you have multiple teachers, coaches, or administrators supporting the same classroom, additional Teacher’s Guides and digital subscriptions may be purchased as add-ons to your purchase of the Bridge to Reading Foundational Skills Kit or via a Heggerty sales associate.