As we approach the 2020-2021 school year, administrators, educators and parents are planning for multiple scenarios for providing instruction each day. Will students attend school in-person? Will all learning take place remotely? Will instruction be a hybrid model with both in-person and remote learning? The only thing we do know is that next school year will bring new learning opportunities for us all. However, as uncertain as we may be, we know we must be prepared to provide students with the best possible education – no matter what the platform. Phonemic awareness is a foundational reading skill and a critical component of literacy instruction. While it would be ideal to implement the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lessons in person, we realize that there is a very real possibility remote learning will be a part of classroom instruction next school year.
Heggerty COVID-19 YouTube Playlist
During the school closures of this past spring, we provided online resources for teachers and parents. The list below provides an outline of the different levels of our curriculum and the week of lesson demonstrations available. These can be accessed through our YouTube channel. The playlist includes at-home learning videos to be shared with parents in both English and Spanish, lesson demonstrations for English PreK, Kindergarten and Primary and two full weeks of recorded lessons. The channel also includes Spanish sample lessons and one full week of Spanish PreK, Kindergarten and Primary recorded lessons.
- PreK – Weeks 12 and 26
- Kindergarten – Weeks 21 and 26
- Primary – Weeks 21 and 25
- PreK (Spanish) – Week 15
- Kindergarten (Spanish) – Week 15
- Primary (Spanish) – Week 13
Heggerty Lesson Videos
- Available for Pre-K, Kindergarten and Primary curricula in English and Kindergarten curriculum in Spanish
- Available by subscription only and lasts for the full academic year
- Weekly video lessons can be shared in your remote learning lessons plans and students can participate in the activities provided in each video
- Subscriptions are per teacher: $7.99 per month or $79.99 for the school year
Recording Lessons for your StudentsAnother option is to record the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lessons for your students. We know students love to see and hear their teacher when they are away from the classroom and the phonemic awareness lessons can be part of those connection opportunities with your students. If you will be recording videos for your students (yes, we give you permission to record for the purpose remote learning (wink face) we have provided tips for recording below:
1. Setting up your recording
Lesson videos on our YouTube channel provide an example of how a lesson would be taught in a recorded video. When preparing to record your Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lessons, be in close proximity to your screen. This will allow students to hear you clearly and provide a visual model for the way we articulate sounds.
Additionally, you will want to make sure your hand motions are seen by your learners in a left to right progression. We want students to see the sounds in the same manner they will map print. This may require you to adjust settings on your virtual platform recording device.
2. Lesson format
After you hit record, begin teaching the lesson as if you were in your classroom with your learners.
- Use the same language and teach every component of the daily lesson plan.
- When providing instruction, provide the correct answer for students. This will allow them to confirm they were correct or, if they were incorrect, hear the correct answer.
- Teacher says word/word part/sounds, pauses for 2-3 seconds, and then provides the correct answer.
Example for blending sounds: T: m – ee- t; ask students to repeat the sounds; pause 2-3 seconds T: m – ee – t, meet
Example for error correction:When segmenting words with consonant blends, students often keep the two sounds of the blend together. They may segment the word flip into only 3 sounds: /fl – i – p/. When recording, provide automatic error correction for some of these more difficult tasks. After pausing and providing the correct answer, the teacher can say: “That was a tricky word. Watch me segment the word flip , /f – l – i – p/. Flip has 4 sounds, /f – l – i – p/. You try it: flip, (segment and say the sounds so students can say it with the recording). When we segment phonemes, we want to listen for all of the sounds we hear in the word.”
3. Teacher modeling for new skills or concepts
4. PacingA challenge with recording lessons is that students are not going to receive live interaction and feedback. It is best to keep recorded lessons short, around 8-10 minutes in length. A shorter time frame will help keep students focused and engaged. To keep the pace quick and the lesson short, consider using only 5 words for each of the PA skills, rather than the 8-10 words listed for many of the skills in the Kindergarten and Primary curricula.
Virtual Classroom Live Lessons
- Utilize small groups when possible. If you have the option to use breakout rooms (available in Zoom), this can provide the opportunity for individual or partner responses within the lesson instruction.
- When working with a whole group of students, unmute a small portion of students when possible so that you can hear their responses spoken aloud.
- Ask for visual responses: Phonemic awareness lessons are oral and auditory, and in a virtual classroom, students can use colored tiles, paper, or chips to represent the sounds they hear.
- Teachers can send Elkonin boxes home with students and students can point to the place they hear the sound. This is “phoneme location” and can be used when working with Onset Fluency and Isolating Final or Medial sounds in words.
- Ask students to use their fingers to show the number of parts or sounds they hear when segmenting words
- Students show thumbs up and thumbs down for rhyme recognition activities or when listening to a series of words that have the same or different initial, medial, or final sounds.
As teachers meet the new learning methods of this new school year, we are honored to be part of your classroom instruction. Phonemic awareness lessons are engaging and fun, and, no matter how the lessons are delivered, they continue to have a powerful impact on your students’ development as readers.
Please reach out to our literacy specialists with any questions at email@example.com