Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series of semimonthly columns from the co-founders of WY Lit, a nonprofit advocacy organization. The intent of these columns is to educate the general public about literacy issues.

We recently discussed phonological awareness: the ability to identify and manipulate the sounds in words. When children have strong phonological awareness skills, it is easier for them to connect the sounds in words to the letters that represent those sounds.

Heather Fleming is co-founder of the nonprofit WY Lit. She is a certified structured literacy teacher and will complete her master’s degree in Reading Science at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2020. She provides a variety of training for educators and parents of struggling readers. Email: heather@wylit.org.

Kari Roden is co-founder of WY Lit. She is currently an intensive reading interventionist in Laramie County School District 1. Her expertise is in dyslexia and individualized, data-driven instruction for struggling readers. Email: kari@wylit.org.

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