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

Primary Curriculum

24 weeks of daily phonemic awareness lessons give 1st and 2nd-grade students the tools to succeed.

Designed to supplement your existing literacy curriculum, the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Primary lessons easily integrate into 1st and 2nd-grade classrooms. 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.


Bringing explicit phonemic awareness instruction to your classroom is easier than ever.

  • 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.
  • Optional weeks for review or intervention have been included for some skills after 24-weeks of Tier 1 instruction is provided.

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Our students and teachers love Heggerty. It is fun, interactive, and grounded in science. It is the part we were missing in our curriculum.

Shelly W.

Our teachers love Heggerty! The ease of use and the detailed plans are game changers for them!

Michell P.

Since doing Heggerty with my second graders, they’ve scored higher on all of their tests because they’re understanding the foundation of reading and words! It’s so much fun and doesn’t take long, it’s my most favorite part of my day at school. I swear by it through and through and I’ll use it until I retire!

Lacey H.

I LOVE this resource and am encouraging my administrator to purchase copies for our whole first-grade team!

Katie B.

My 1st and 2nd grade teachers love this book!

Christie J.

"The Yellow Book," as it's often called, provides 24-weeks of daily systematic phonological and phonemic awareness lessons for use in 1st and 2nd-grade classrooms. These lessons are short and engaging, designed to be the perfect supplement to an existing literacy curriculum.


The lessons in the revised 2022 edition of the English Primary Curriculum are quick and fast-paced, using a reduced number of words for each skill, in order to provide students with opportunities to build awareness and proficiency. The revised curriculum has 24-weeks of Tier 1 instruction, and 6 additional weeks of lessons for intervention instruction that can take place in whole group or small group settings. The lessons now include opportunities to make phoneme-grapheme connections, matching the sounds we hear to letters in print. QR codes provide easy access to hand motion videos and a weekly lesson demonstration video.



Intended audience: 1st and 2nd-grade classrooms (refer to page ii for 2nd-grade instruction or reference the FAQ guide)

Lesson structure: Whole group

Duration: 8-12 minutes

Intervention: Lessons can be used in small groups to provide intervention and support for 1st and 2nd-grade 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 (Grade 1)

The Heggerty Primary Curriculum includes:

  • An intentional progression to focus on complex skills:
    • 8 phonemic awareness skills in Weeks 1-9
    • 6 PA skills in Weeks 10-20
    • 5 PA skills in Weeks 21-24
  • Opportunities to build Alphabet Knowledge & Phoneme-Grapheme Connection

Lessons provide daily opportunities to develop phoneme awareness and proficiency through:

  • Rhyme
  • Phoneme Isolation
  • Blending syllables and phonemes
  • Segmenting syllables and phonemes
  • Adding syllables and phonemes
  • Deleting syllables and phonemes
  • Substituting syllables and phonemes
🎥 Skill Tutorial Video: Deleting (Initial) Phonemes; “We can delete a syllable or sound from a word and say what is left.” 

Students will hear and repeat a word. Students will then be asked to delete the initial sound, and say what is left. 

Watch Mrs. VanHekken as she demonstrates how to teach this skill with the deleting hand motion. 

🙌 Hand Motion: The teacher holds out both hands with open palms. The right hand represents the initial phoneme and the left hand represents the final phoneme. Remove the right hand to delete the initial phoneme and show the remaining phoneme with the left hand.

⭐ Skill Progression in the Primary Curriculum: 
Week 1-2: Deleting syllables from spoken words
Weeks 3-15, 25-26: Deleting initial phoneme from spoken words
Weeks 16-19, 27-28: Deleting final phoneme from spoken words
Weeks 20-24, 29-30: Deleting phonemes within a word

✔️ Download sample lessons & watch more lesson videos on our website:
⭐ The best part of our day is seeing a glimpse inside your classrooms during #heggertytime! This week we are highlighting a 2nd-grade classroom from Fox Valley Elementary school in Michigan!

"2nd graders starting their morning with phonemic awareness using a program called Heggerty and then they get into some phonics with a cool activity called “Say It, Pop It, Write It, Read It”. These kids are doing great! We love the program and so do the kids!"

📸 We can't wait to spot more #heggertytime, be sure to tag us & use our hashtag in your Heggerty time photos!

⬇️ Are you implementing Heggerty this school year? Comment below with the week just wrapped up!
✨ Isolating medial sounds in words is a basic phonemic awareness skill. The focus is on hearing the medial or vowel sound in a word. We ask students to isolate both short & long vowel sounds in the words they hear. 

🎢 We use our roller coaster hand motion when we are isolating those medial sounds, watch Mrs. Bottari as she walks through how to use this hand motion with your students! 

🔗For more skill tutorial videos, visit our YouTube channel using the link in our bio.
⭐ 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!

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