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.
Overview: 35-weeks of daily systematic phonological and phonemic awareness lessons for use in half-day or full-day preschool programs as a supplement to existing literacy curriculum.
Intended audience: 4 & 5 year old preschool classrooms (last year of preschool before Kindergarten) and Transitional Kindergarten classrooms.
Lesson structure: Whole group
Duration: 10-12 minutes
The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum in English (purple book) uses nursery rhymes to introduce preschool students to language play. The lessons include eight phonological and phonemic awareness skills, taught in a systematic progression. The advanced skill of initial phoneme substitution is taught beginning in Week 19, after students have learned to isolate, blend, and segment with phonemes.
Through two early literacy skills, students also develop alphabet knowledge through daily practice with an alphabet song and letter name and sound practice. Nursery rhymes are taught each week so that by the end of preschool your students will begin to build a repertoire of classic nursery rhymes as they learn to enjoy language play!
This curriculum aligns to the Early Learning and Development standards for children who are 4 or 5 years old, participating in their last year of preschool or attending transitional kindergarten (TK). The skills taught provide practice and exposure to prepare students for Kindergarten.
The 10 components included in each Heggerty Pre-Kindergarten lesson:
- 8 phonemic awareness skills
- 1 letter name and letter sound recognition activity
- 1 language awareness activity using nursery rhymes
Daily lessons teach basic and more complex skills such as:
- Rhyming and onset fluency
- Isolating final or medial sounds
- Blending and segmenting words, syllables, and phonemes
- Adding and deleting words, syllables, and phonemes
- Substituting phonemes (week 19-35)