Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Pre-Kindergarten lessons are meant to supplement existing literacy curriculum and are easily integrated into half-day or full-day preschool programs. 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 Pre-Kindergarten curriculum (orange book) is intended for 3 and 4 year old native Spanish speaking students, and it can also be used with English speaking students in dual language settings. This version of the Conciencia fonémica curriculum focuses entirely on syllables, while exposing the students to the essential phonemic awareness skills with basic two-syllable words. Similar to the English Pre-Kindergarten curriculum, this version also teaches the students a variety of Nursery Rhymes that are common in various Spanish speaking cultures.
The revised 2020 Edition of the Spanish Pre-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 preschool curriculum is not a translation of the English version, but rather a tailored set of lessons that focus on 9 literacy components:
- 7 phonemic awareness skills using Spanish words and vocabulary
- 1 daily letter name, letter sound recognition, or syllable sound activity
- 1 daily language awareness activity using nursery rhymes
Daily lessons teach early, basic and more complex skills such as:
- Rhyming and identifying initial and final syllables
- Blending and segmenting syllables
- Adding, and deleting syllables
- Substituting syllables (week 19+)