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Heggerty Curriculum

Magic Carpet PreSchool has been teaching the Heggerty Curriculum since 2019.


What is the Heggerty Curriculum?

In 2003, Dr. Michael Heggerty saw his students struggling to read and it was at that moment that Heggerty was born. What started as a home-grown solution has now grown to become the #1 phonemic awareness curriculum, helping more than half of all school districts in the United States improve literacy scores and children's phonological awareness. 

How do we teach the Heggerty Curriculum?

Heggerty Phonological Awareness lessons are done daily and allow children to recognize and work with the sounds of language. These activities are sometimes called ear exercises because the focus is on hearing the parts or sounds in words. Your child will not be seeing these words in print during phonological awareness instruction. Towards the second half of the year, your student will be working on primarily phonemic awareness, a subset a phonological awareness focused specifically on hearing individual sounds in words.


Why is Phonological Awareness Important?

Phonological awareness is a strong predictor of reading success. It is especially important at the earliest stages of reading development and is a foundation for reading.

Phonemic awareness is essential in teaching students to be automatic decoders of print. The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum provides students with consistent and repeated instruction, and this transfers to developing a student’s decoding and encoding skills

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