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 66% of 8th graders are reading below a proficient level, according to 2019 NAEP scores.
of elementary students are capable of learning to read when they receive sufficient instruction on foundational reading skills.
of teachers surveyed said Heggerty meets or exceeds their expectations when it comes to having a positive impact on learning outcomes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the best program I have EVER used! A few minutes a day and the results are mind blowing!
Strong phonemic awareness is crucial to reading success! Heggerty lessons are quick, fun, and multisensory!
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.
Our kindergarten and first grade used it last year and now it is being used in second grade! It has made a huge difference!!
Research & Findings
The lack of phonemic awareness is the most powerful determinant of the likelihood of failure to read.
Every point in a child’s development of word-level reading is substantially affected by phonological awareness...
Phonemic awareness training provides the foundation on which phonics instruction is built...
Phonemic awareness is central in learning to read and spell.
Phonemic awareness is the most important core and causal factor in separating normal and disabled readers.
The two best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness.
Phonemic awareness has been shown to be a very powerful predictor of later reading achievement.
Phonemic awareness is the most potent predictor of success in learning to read.
(Stanovich, 1996, 1994)
Yes, there really is a difference in brain activation patterns between good and poor readers.
The most comprehensive reading program EXPLICITLY [sic] teaches about the sounds of language.
ALL [sic] children can benefit from being taught directly how to break up spoken words into smaller units and how letters represent sounds.