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Reading--Parent participation; Early childhood education--Parent participation;


This paper is a review of literature relative to the importance of early literacy experiences for children. The primary focus this paper was to look at the benefits of early experiences with literature on children's literacy development.

The primary early literary experience investigated was children being read to by adults, and the benefits of this activity related to literacy development. Other components· of a rich literacy environment and their potential benefits were discussed. All of the activities that were investigated were found to positively influence literacy development.

Potential problems parents may have when trying to provide literacy experiences for their children were identified. These problems included child's disinterest, and parent emotional involvement. Successful programs to help parents provide literary experiences to their children were reviewed. Guidelines for assisting parents were identified.

The conclusion of this paper offers suggestions to parents and educators on how to provide early literacy experiences for children. Recommendations for further research in the area are stated.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Charles R. May


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