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Kilpatrick, Ehri, and Shanahan agree that there is substantial evidence showing a clear benefit from explicitly teaching young readers to perceive the sounds (phonemes) within spoken words and to link these sounds with letters and spelling patterns. Getting kids to the point of full segmentation in phonological awareness (PA) is a reasonable goal for regular classroom instruction.” —Dr. Timothy Shanahan, esteemed reading expert in his Shanahan on Literacy Blog