Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is the cost of professional development?

The price varies depending on the topic, the length of the presentation and the number of participants. Please complete the Consulting Inquiry Form and we will contact you to discuss your needs.

Is training necessary to successfully implement the curriculum?

No. The curricula were all written to be very user friendly, and many of our customers have successfully implemented the curriculum without a formal training on the process. However, teachers will certainly benefit from the training, as it includes some theory and research on phonemic awareness as well as the presentation of a sample lesson.

What Professional Development is offered?

We currently offer several professional development sessions, including pre-implementation training on the phonemic awareness curricula, post-implementation classroom observations, and phonics/decoding. A more detailed description of the sessions can be found here.

Does the curriculum include the letter cards used for the Letter Names & Sounds activity?

No. You can use any pack of cards for this activity, and we recommend that you shuffle the cards so that they are not in alphabetical order. You want the cards to be large enough for the whole class to be able to see at the same time. It is also important that you expose students to all the letters of the alphabet during this activity, so that students can master all the letter names and sounds. Cards should be added for blends, digraphs, and trigraphs as those combinations are introduced in the lessons. We also recommend that cards be created for letters who appearance varies with different fonts (ɑ, a, g, g). When you show each letter card, the students respond chorally, as a whole group, saying “The letter is __, the sound is __.” All possible sounds should be included for each given letter.

Is the program intended for use with Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3 students?

The phonemic awareness program written by Dr. Michael Heggerty is a Tier 1 core program for phonemic awareness for PreK, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. It can be used to provide tier 2 and tier 3 support through small group or individual instruction for students in grades K-8.

Is there a difference between phonemic awareness skills and phonics skills?

YES! Phonemic awareness skills deal with the spoken language and are mainly auditory skills. Phonics skills deal with the printed and written language and are both auditory and visual. In phonemic awareness, students are being taught to hear and manipulate the sounds of language. In phonics, students are being taught which letters are associated with the sounds of the language. Both skills are crucial to reading mastery! These skills need to be combined, and it is my experience that this is best done during your word study time and not during your phonemic awareness time.

How does the curriculum fit into the literacy block?

We suggest that phonemic awareness is 10 minutes of the literacy block within the school day. It can be used to complement any reading series. In each lesson students practice letter/sound mastery, onset fluency, blending, segmenting, identifying final and medial sounds, substituting, adding, and deleting phonemes, along with language awareness. The lessons are engaging and fast-paced, and provide students with phonemic awareness skills they need to succeed as readers.

Is the curriculum aligned to State Standards?

Yes. The Primary Curriculum (yellow book) is aligned with the first grade Phonological Awareness Standards of the Common Core Standards, as well as LAFS and TEKS. Click here for a summary of the first grade alignment.

The Kindergarten Curriculum (blue book) is aligned with the kindergarten Phonological Awareness Standards of the Common Core Standards, as well as LAFS and TEKS. Click here for a summary of the kindergarten alignment.

Do you have an email address to submit orders with a PO?

Purchase orders may be sent to orders@heggerty.org

I purchased one book thinking our kindergarten team could share it. I don’t want to break copyright law by copying it… is it permissible to copy lessons to share with a grade-level team?

All of our curriculum is fully copryright protected, and therefore copying any part of the books is a violation of federal copyright laws.

How do I get a copy of your W9 so I can place an order?

Click here to download our W9.

Can I pick up my books at the Heggerty office if I’m in the area?

No. All orders are shipped directly from our printer and we do not stock the books here in our office.

Can books be shipped outside of the US?

We currently are working with two sellers within AUSTRALIA. For more information you may contact:

Mila@qassp.org.au
Queensland Association of State School Principals (QASSP)
Fortitude Valley, QLD

Or:

seeyousoon@seelect.com.au
Seelect Educational Supplies
Glenelg, SA

For all other countries, please email us at hello@heggerty.org and include the following information: Name, School District or Organization, exact shipping address, is shipping address residential or commercial (UPS charges a premium for delivery to residential addresses so we encourage delivery to a school/office address), and exact items and quantities you are interested in ordering. Once we have that information we will reply with the exact shipping cost. If you then wish to order, you can call with the credit card payment information.

How are orders shipped?

All orders shipped within the US and Canada are shipped via UPS ground service, and originate from the Chicago area. UPS estimates delivery time to be between 1-5 business days for continental US orders, depending on the distance from Chicago. UPS does not guarantee delivery time for ground service, however. We always strive to ship orders on the same day if received by 2:00 p.m. CST, or the following business day for orders received after 2:00 p.m.

Is sales tax added to book purchases?

We are only required to charge sales tax for orders shipped within Illinois. Sales tax is not added to Illinois orders if we have your organization’s Illinois Sates Tax Exemption certificate on file. For online orders, we will notify you by email if we require a copy of the tax-exempt certificate, and we cannot process your order until the certificate is received. The IL tax-exempt number alone is not sufficient—we must have a copy of the certificate. Customers providing a tax-exempt certificate assume all responsibility for proper and correct usage of their organization’s tax exempt status. Organizations outside of Illinois that are not tax exempt are responsible for paying any sales tax directly to their state.

What are your shipping rates?

In the 48 Continental United States, shipping is charged at a flat 8% of the order total, with a minimum shipping charge of $8. If your order subtotal includes $8,000 or more of physical goods, freight shipping rates will apply at a rate of 2.5% of the order total.

For orders to Alaska, Hawaii, and International orders, please email hello@heggerty.org to obtain a quote for shipping. Please include which version(s) of the curriculum you are interested in ordering, the quantity, and the exact shipping address. Please note that for international orders, we can only ship to commercial addresses (your school or district).

Are the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curricula cost effective?

Each classroom teacher needs a copy of the curriculum manual for their grade level. The lessons are oral and auditory, so there are no student materials needed to teach the lessons. The curriculum manual can be purchased once and then used each school year.

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What materials are needed to teach the lessons?

Each classroom teacher needs a copy of the curriculum manual for their grade level. The lessons are oral and auditory, so there are no student materials needed to teach the lessons. The curriculum manual can be purchased once and then used each school year.

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Implementation

Is there any help available for what the hand motions should look like?

YES! In this helpful Hand Motion Video, Alisa Van Hekken explains and demonstrates how the hand motions are intended to be used with the daily phonemic awareness lessons.

How should a 2nd grade classroom implement the curriculum (yellow book or green book)?

There is not a separate manual for 2nd grade, and there are not Phonological Awareness Standards in the Common Core State Standards for 2nd grade. We recommend that teachers begin the 2nd grade school year around week 15, and use the curriculum with the whole class for the first 20 weeks of school. After completing lessons 15-35, the teacher can then use the curriculum as a Tier 2 intervention with students who still need the additional support.

Where should I start the lessons if implementing during a school year?

It is recommended that teachers using the Kindergarten curriculum use the following format when implementing midway through a school year: Week 1, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, and continue week by week from there. This provides time to introduce the different skills to the students, and it also provides students with instruction in more difficult skills, such as blending and segmenting words with more than 3 phonemes.

The Primary curriculum includes 35 weeks of lessons but can be implemented after the start of a school year. It is recommended that teachers using the Primary curriculum use the following format when implementing midway through a school year: Week 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13, and continue week by week from there. Weeks 19 and beyond introduce more complex activities for the advanced phonemic awareness skills, so this format provides teachers with the opportunity to work with these more complex skills before the end of the school year.

Are the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curricula cost effective?

Each classroom teacher needs a copy of the curriculum manual for their grade level. The lessons are oral and auditory, so there are no student materials needed to teach the lessons. The curriculum manual can be purchased once and then used each school year.

Learn More

What separates Heggerty Phonemic Awareness from other literacy curricula?

Our lessons are designed to provide daily instruction in 8 phonological and phonemic awareness skills. We have created an explicit and systematic approach in which students are practicing blending, segmenting, isolating and manipulating words, syllables, onset-rime and/or phonemes each day. Most literacy curriculum currently available places minimal focus on phonemic awareness, only practicing 1-2 skills each day.

The two best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness. (Adams, 1990) With our curriculum, students receive daily practice in both alphabet recognition and 8 phonological awareness skills. This explicit instruction scaffolds support for students to work with early, basic and advanced phonemic awareness skills. phonemic awareness instruction, along with phonics, provides students with the foundational skills they need to become automatic decoders of print.