Heggerty Conciencia Fonológica

Helping educators empower the next generation of readers.

Designed to supplement your existing literacy curriculum, the Heggerty Conciencia Fonológica lessons easily integrate into dual language or transitional bilingual classrooms. When lessons are taught consistently each day, teachers see improvement in students’ reading, spelling, and writing, as the students learn to hear the syllables in words and the sounds in syllables.

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Spanish Editions
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Phonemic Awareness with English Language Learners

At Heggerty, we get a lot of questions about how to best use our curriculum with students learning English. This isn’t a surprise given that the number of students who are labeled English Learners (ELs) has been steadily increasing for decades. In this blog post, we unpack what phonemic awareness instruction looks like for English Language Learners and why it matters.

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Phonemic Awareness in a Dual Language Classroom

When people think about teaching early literacy skills in Spanish, many don’t jump to phonemic awareness right away, but rather they think of phonological awareness. However, students working with Spanish also do need to develop phonemic awareness. In this post, Heggerty Literacy Specialist Erica Suarez reflects on her personal experience as a DLL educator.

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Easy to Implement

Lessons are easy to follow, require minimal prep time, and directly connect teachers to digital resources and videos helping them to implement the curriculum with fidelity.

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Fast Paced and Engaging

The 8-12 minute daily lessons are the perfect combination of focus and fun that will have your students begging for more “Heggerty time!”

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Cost Effective

Go digital for all-in-one access to every level of the Heggerty curriculum, daily lesson videos, on-demand professional development, and more, in both English AND Spanish.

We serve over 7,250 districts across the U.S.

⭐ 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 www.heggerty.org 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!
🎬 Heggerty in ACTION: While there are many things we love about our curriculum, the fact that it's QUICK, easy to implement, fun & effective top the list! 

💙 Heggerty inside the classroom, outside of the classroom, or even in the hallway- you can have fun with phonemic awareness during any part of your day! Take a look at how Ms. Walden from Autumn Creek Elementary in Humble, TX is teaching a kinder Heggerty lesson while her class was waiting for their library special. 

⭐ Highlighted Skill: Language Awareness- Listen to hear Ms. Walden & her class say the sentence aloud, using their fingers to count the words they hear. "Do you like ice cream?" There are 5 words! Excellent job Kinder students 👏
Whether it's your first year implementing Heggerty, or your tenth year, we have resources ready to support you in your classroom this school year! 

⭐ Free Curriculum Resources: Explore our collection of free classroom resources & download a copy of our hand motion guide, a quick reference for each phonemic awareness skill, as well as the hand motions used within each Heggerty lesson. 

 ⭐ Heggerty Blog: Visit our blog & read popular posts, including 30 Science of Reading Resources, Why Make the Switch? Transitioning from Word Walls to Sound Walls & What are Phonological Awareness and Phonemic Awareness?

 ⭐ Newsletter: Sign-up for our monthly newsletter, where we share product updates, upcoming webinars & events, blog posts, and more!

🔗 You can find a link to each of these resources in stories now, as well as the link in our bio.
Back to School with HEGGERTY 📚 Setting expectations, routines, and procedures for #heggertytime will set your students up for success this school year! Notice how this teacher has her Heggerty curriculum guide on her lap, hand motions are in action & students are engaged on the rug- all signs of a great Heggerty lesson in action! 

What procedures and expectations do you put in place for #heggertytime during your first week of instruction? Share in the comments below ⬇️ 

⭐ Don't forget to tag @heggertypa and use our hashtag #heggertytime when sharing Heggerty in your classroom!

True progress in just 8-12 minutes a day

Each level of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum provides up to 35 weeks of daily lessons, focusing on eight phonemic awareness skills, along with two additional activities to develop letter and sound recognition, and language awareness. Lessons are designed for a classroom setting, and only take 8-12 minutes.

Phonemic Awareness is not Phonics

Phonemic Awareness

  • The instructional focus is on the phonemes or sounds we hear in words.
  • Lessons are an oral and auditory warm-up to phonics instruction.
  • Students isolate, blend, segment, and manipulate sounds in spoken words.

Phonics

  • The instructional focus is on the graphemes or letters that represent the sounds we hear in spoken words.
  • Lessons are visual and auditory, matching phonemes to graphemes.
  • Students apply their knowledge of phonemic awareness and phonics to decode and encode words in print.

Heggerty is the most structured and systematic curriculum that I’ve seen. Everyone is really excited about it. It’s fun to watch. The kids like it too.

Heather Zuerblis,
District of Columbia Public Schools
Washington, D.C.

It's one of the most worthwhile purchases the district has ever made. Everyone is happy with it -- it's 100%! We've done a lot of site tours to see how the implementation is going, and good anecdotal stories just keep coming from the instructors. I honestly haven't heard anything negative.

Tammy Halfacre,
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
Alaska

When you look for programs out there, there are hundreds of phonics programs but very few phonemic awareness programs that take students from the simplest to advanced forms. Heggerty has come out with a comprehensive and systematic way to do that. It follows an excellent scope and sequence. It develops all of the skills they need to know. No one does it as systematically as Heggerty.

Russell Washington,
School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

The Heggerty curriculum is consistent, repetitive, and presents the same skill in different ways. I've taken kids who were non-readers and after three to four months with the Heggerty program, they hear sounds and words and they segment and blend words which makes them better readers. It's the intermediary step between non-readers and readers.

Ashlie Kunkel,
Knox County School District
Tennessee, USA

The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness program is brilliant. It requires very little preparation and the lessons are engaging, quick, fun, and effective. The results speak for themselves, with a majority of students showing improved outcomes in both reading and writing.

Anna Burgess,
WHSS
Queensland, Australia

Dr. Heggerty's program is easy to implement and requires very little preparation. We have used this program for one year and have seen fabulous gains in our students’ ability to attempt unfamiliar words in their writing.

Karen H,
Wellers Hill State School
Queensland, Australia

I purchased ALL the flash cards and love them! P.S. I love the updated Kinder "Blue Book!" My students are doing great...even virtual! That says a lot!

Lorraine Yaeger
Kindergarten Teacher
Clark County School District

Comprehensive, yet succinctly organized, logically arranged, and richly resourced. The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curriculum is the best research-based program for foundational literacy I have ever seen. Its value for hard-of-hearing & students struggling with central auditory processing issue is clearly applicable.

Judy Nelson, Hearing Support Teacher,
School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

This curriculum has had a powerfully positive effect on student achievement in eastern Montana schools. Student early literacy assessment scores have improved greatly in the schools that have begun using this curriculum over the past 2-3 years.

Pam Pettigrew,
RTL Support Specialist
Glendive, Montana

This is the best program I have EVER used! A few minutes a day and the results are mind blowing!

Tanya Jo,
Facebook Review

Strong phonemic awareness is crucial to reading success! Heggerty lessons are quick, fun, and multisensory!

Michelle Smith Miller,
Facebook Review

I use this curriculum in my classroom almost every single day! It is incredible and it is the ONLY thing that makes sense about teaching reading! I am literally obsessed.

Vanessa Marie,
Facebook Review

Our kindergarten and first grade used it last year and now it is being used in second grade! It has made a huge difference!!

Meg Gaddis Racanelli,
Facebook Review

We use your methods daily. The kids skills are improving, and we couldn't be more excited for them! Thank you for providing such an amazing program that is really worth the time and effort.

Annette Thueme
Reading Intervention Specialist
LakeVille Community School District

Research & Findings

The lack of phonemic awareness is the most powerful determinant of the likelihood of failure to read.

(Adams, 1990)

Every point in a child’s development of word-level reading is substantially affected by phonological awareness...

(Kilpatrick, 2015)

Phonemic awareness training provides the foundation on which phonics instruction is built...

(Blevins, 2017)

Phonemic awareness is central in learning to read and spell.

(Ehri, 1984)

Phonemic awareness is the most important core and causal factor in separating normal and disabled readers.

(Adams, 1990)

The two best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness.

(Adams, 1990)

Phonemic awareness has been shown to be a very powerful predictor of later reading achievement.

(Adams, 1990)

Phonemic awareness is the most potent predictor of success in learning to read.

(Stanovich, 1996, 1994)

Yes, there really is a difference in brain activation patterns between good and poor readers.

(Shaywitz, 1999)

The most comprehensive reading program EXPLICITLY [sic] teaches about the sounds of language.

(Shaywitz, 1999)

ALL [sic] children can benefit from being taught directly how to break up spoken words into smaller units and how letters represent sounds.

(Shaywitz, 1999)