Explicit phonemic awareness and phonics instruction come together in our new K-2 foundational skills curriculum!


Kindergarten Curriculum

35-weeks of daily phonemic awareness lessons give Kindergarten students the tools to succeed.

Designed to supplement your existing literacy curriculum, the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Kindergarten lessons easily integrate into half-day or full-day kindergarten programs. When lessons are taught consistently each day teachers see improvement in students’ reading, spelling, and writing, as the students learn to hear the sounds in words.


What's new for 2022? 

Our new edition makes it easier than ever to bring explicit phonemic awareness instruction to your kindergarten classroom.

  • QR codes directly link the weekly lesson page to videos and other supportive resources, enabling easy access to professional development and helping teachers to implement the curriculum with fidelity.
  • Explicit teacher language better enables teachers to support all students' development.
  • The new Skill Focus can be shared as an explanation for each skill or task when teaching the lessons.
  • Overview pages support teachers with changes and shifts that take place throughout the weekly lessons.
  • New opportunities for Phoneme/Grapheme connections.
  • A revised scope and sequence gets students working at the phoneme level sooner.

"The Blue Book," as it's often called, provides students with instruction in phonological awareness, progressing to the phoneme level through language play activities. It covers all consonants, short vowels, digraphs, blends, and rime patterns, with hearing words with long vowels being introduced in the later weeks of this curriculum. By comparison, the Primary Curriculum, also known as "the Yellow Book" goes further into long vowels and introduces R-controlled vowels, special vowel sounds, and multisyllabic words.


The revised 2022 Edition of the English Kindergarten Curriculum includes lessons that are quick and fast-paced, using a reduced number of words for each skill, in order to provide students with exposure to hearing sounds, and build an awareness of the sounds we hear in spoken words. Each lesson includes a Skill Focus, detailed teacher language, and modeling and support that can be used to provide differentiated instruction and intervention. QR codes provide easy access to hand motion videos and a weekly lesson demonstration video.


The lessons continue to include an Alphabet Knowledge activity, and now include opportunities to make phoneme-grapheme connections, matching the sounds we hear to letters in print.



Intended audience: Half-day or full-day Kindergarten classrooms

Lesson structure: Whole group

Duration: 10-12 minutes

Intervention: Lessons can be used in small groups to provide intervention and support for Kindergarten students who need additional support with targeted skills instruction

Alignment: The curriculum includes a table to show alignment with the Common Core State Standards for Phonological Awareness

The 10 components included in each Heggerty Kindergarten lesson:

  • 8 phonemic awareness skills
  • Alphabet Knowledge & Phoneme-Grapheme Connections
  • Language Awareness activities to develop word awareness & teach nursery rhymes (Weeks 1-18 only)

Lessons provide daily opportunities to develop phonological and phonemic awareness through:

  • Rhyme
  • Phoneme Isolation (initial, final, and medial)
  • Blend words, syllables, onset-rime, and phonemes
  • Segment words, syllables, onset-rime, and phonemes
  • Add syllables and phonemes
  • Delete syllables and phonemes
  • Substitute syllables and phonemes
⭐ Skill Highlight: (Phoneme Isolation) Isolating Final Sounds is a basic phonemic awareness skill & can be more challenging than isolating the onset of a word. 

💪 We use the punch-it-out hand motion to help students isolate that final sound. 

✔️ As the teacher, you are going to use your left arm because students will see that as your right and we want students to see these sounds moving from left to right, the same way they are going to map print. 

🎥 Watch our very own, Mrs. Bottari model how to use this punch-it-out motion to isolate the final sound in a word. 

🔗 For the full skill tutorial video, head to the Heggerty YouTube channel, using the link in our bio.
⭐ It's time for another #heggertytime share, this week we are excited to share Ms. Garcia's 1st-grade class from Rancho Verde Elementary school in Texas.

📙 These 1st graders are working on the skill- Phoneme Isolation: Final Sounds, "We are listening for the last sound we hear in a word."

💪 Ms. Garcia's 1st graders will listen to a word and isolate the last sound they hear, using the "punch it out" hand motion, sliding their right arm across the body when saying the first part of the word, and punching straight up in the air when saying the final sound

✔️ Teacher Tip: To reinforce the understanding of isolating the last sound in a word, use Elkonin boxes with colored chips to offer a visual for support for phoneme location

🔗 Find links for sample lessons, skill tutorial videos & a free Elkonin Box template in the link in our bio.
📒Heggerty in the classroom: Ms. Baum leads her class in our Primary curriculum, they are working on deleting initial phonemes. @oneccps @reamselementary

⭐ Skill: Deleting Initial Phonemes- “We can take away the first sound from a word and say what is left.”

🙌 Hand Motion: Ms. Baum is modeling our deleting hand motion, holding two open palms out in front of her, her right hand is the initial sound, left hand is the rest of the word. Watch as she pulls away her right hand as the class deletes the first sound, and shows what part remains with her left hand. 

🤩 Her students are engaged, her pacing is fast & fun and they are on their way to becoming phonemic awareness all stars, keep up the great work!

Ready to try Heggerty in your classroom? Visit to download sample lesson plans!
📒Heggerty in the Classroom: (Pt. 2) Watch the amazing Mr. Williams and his students practice deleting initial phonemes during their #heggertytime.

⭐️Skill Focus: Deleting Initial Phonemes- “We can delete a sound from the beginning of a word and say what is left.”

🖐Heggerty Hand Motion: Notice Mr. Williams’s hand motions, he holds out both of his hands with open palms. The right hand represents the initial phoneme and the left hand represents the rime. He removes the right hand to delete the initial phoneme and shows what is left with his left hand. 

😊 Student Engagement: A job well done to this class of Heggerty all-stars, they know the routines & procedures for #heggertytime & you can’t miss the smiles on their faces! Way to go Mr. Williams class 👏

🔗Click the link in our bio to download a free lesson sample!
📒Heggerty in the Classroom: Watch the amazing Mr. Williams and his students practice deleting final syllables during their #heggertytime. 

⭐️Skill Focus: Deleting Final Syllables- "We can delete a syllable from the end of a word and say what is left." 

🔗Click the link in our bio to download a free lesson sample!
🎬 Heggerty in ACTION: While there are many things we love about our curriculum, the fact that it's QUICK, easy to implement, fun & effective top the list! 

💙 Heggerty inside the classroom, outside of the classroom, or even in the hallway- you can have fun with phonemic awareness during any part of your day! Take a look at how Ms. Walden from Autumn Creek Elementary in Humble, TX is teaching a kinder Heggerty lesson while her class was waiting for their library special. 

⭐ Highlighted Skill: Language Awareness- Listen to hear Ms. Walden & her class say the sentence aloud, using their fingers to count the words they hear. "Do you like ice cream?" There are 5 words! Excellent job Kinder students 👏
Whether it's your first year implementing Heggerty, or your tenth year, we have resources ready to support you in your classroom this school year! 

⭐ Free Curriculum Resources: Explore our collection of free classroom resources & download a copy of our hand motion guide, a quick reference for each phonemic awareness skill, as well as the hand motions used within each Heggerty lesson. 

 ⭐ Heggerty Blog: Visit our blog & read popular posts, including 30 Science of Reading Resources, Why Make the Switch? Transitioning from Word Walls to Sound Walls & What are Phonological Awareness and Phonemic Awareness?

 ⭐ Newsletter: Sign-up for our monthly newsletter, where we share product updates, upcoming webinars & events, blog posts, and more!

🔗 You can find a link to each of these resources in stories now, as well as the link in our bio.
Back to School with HEGGERTY 📚 Setting expectations, routines, and procedures for #heggertytime will set your students up for success this school year! Notice how this teacher has her Heggerty curriculum guide on her lap, hand motions are in action & students are engaged on the rug- all signs of a great Heggerty lesson in action! 

What procedures and expectations do you put in place for #heggertytime during your first week of instruction? Share in the comments below ⬇️ 

⭐ Don't forget to tag @heggertypa and use our hashtag #heggertytime when sharing Heggerty in your classroom!

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