Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Kindergarten lessons are meant to supplement existing literacy curriculum and are easily integrated into half-day or full-day kindergarten programs within dual language or transitional bilingual classrooms. When lessons are taught consistently each day with explicit teacher modeling and scaffolded support, teachers see improvement in students’ reading, spelling, and writing, as the students learn to hear the sounds in words.
The conciencia fonémica Kindergarten curriculum (red book) is intended for students who are learning to read in the Spanish language: in either dual language or transitional bilingual classrooms. The curriculum is scaffolded along the same skills that will ultimately be encountered when the students read in the English language, but it focuses entirely on syllables, with the exception of a daily exercise to introduce initial phonemes. Phoneme blending, segmenting, and manipulation is introduced in the last few weeks.
The revised 2020 Edition of the Spanish Kindergarten Curriculum includes increased complexity of words and tasks for multiple skills, a reorganization of the sequencing of skills within the 35 weeks, a reordering of lesson sequencing to allow for an easier transition into phonics instruction, and refined teacher modeling and support instructions.
Heggerty's Spanish Kindergarten curriculum is not a translation of the English version, but rather a tailored set of lessons that focus on 10 literacy components:
- 8 phonemic awareness skills using Spanish words and vocabulary
- 1 daily letter name, letter sound recognition, or syllable activity
- 1 daily language awareness activity
Daily lessons teach basic and more complex skills such as:
- Rhyming and onset fluency
- Isolating initial and final sounds
- Blending and segmenting syllables
- Adding, and deleting syllables
- Substituting syllables