The Heggerty Curriculum

Daily phonemic awareness lessons designed with teachers in mind.

We serve over 7,250 districts across the U.S.

True progress in just 10-12 minutes a day

Each level of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum provides 35 weeks of daily lessons, focusing on eight phonemic awareness skills, along with two additional activities to develop letter and sound recognition, and language awareness. Lessons are designed for a classroom setting, and only take 10-12 minutes.

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Easy to Implement

Lessons are easy to follow, include teacher direction for each skill, and require minimal prep time.

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Fast paced and engaging

10-12 minute daily lessons are the perfect combination of focus and fun for your classroom.

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Cost Effective

Since phonemic awareness is an auditory skill, there are no student materials to purchase.

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Phonemic Awareness is not Phonics

In a Phonemic Awareness Lesson…

  • Main focus is on the phonemes (sounds)
  • Deals with spoken language
  • Activities are auditory
  • Students work with manipulating sounds & sounds in words

In a Phonics Lesson…

  • Main focus is on the graphemes (letters)
  • Deals with written language and print
  • Activities are both visual and auditory
  • Students work with reading and writing letters according to their sounds, spelling patterns, and phonological structure

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
Alaska

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,
WHSS
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

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,
RtI 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

Research & Findings

The lack of phonemic awareness is the most powerful determinant of the likelihood of failure to read.

(Adams, 1990)

Every point in a child’s development of word-level reading is substantially affected by phonological awareness...

(Kilpatrick, 2015)

Phonemic awareness training provides the foundation on which phonics instruction is built...

(Blevins, 2017)

Phonemic awareness is central in learning to read and spell.

(Ehri, 1984)

Phonemic awareness is the most important core and causal factor in separating normal and disabled readers.

(Adams, 1990)

The two best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness.

(Adams, 1990)

Phonemic awareness has been shown to be a very powerful predictor of later reading achievement.

(Adams, 1990)

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.

(Shaywitz, 1999)

The most comprehensive reading program EXPLICITLY [sic] teaches about the sounds of language.

(Shaywitz, 1999)

ALL [sic] children can benefit from being taught directly how to break up spoken words into smaller units and how letters represent sounds.

(Shaywitz, 1999)