Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Primary lessons should be taught daily in dual language 1st and 2nd grade classrooms as a supplement to existing literacy curriculum. 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 primary curriculum (green book) is typically used in grades 1-2, and is intended for students who are learning to read in the Spanish language, but who will eventually be moved into an English reading curriculum at some point in their near future. 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.
The revised 2020 Edition of the Spanish Primary 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 Primary 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, syllable sound, or diphthong sound activity
- 1 language awareness activity (12 weeks)
Daily lessons teach early, basic, and advanced skills such as:
- Rhyming and onset fluency
- Isolating initial, final, and medial syllables and syllable location
- Blending and segmenting words into syllables and phonemes
- Adding, and deleting syllables and phonemes
- Substituting syllables and phonemes