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Keywords

Family literacy programs; Reading--Parent participation;

Abstract

Family literacy programs engage parents in small groups, help parents capitalize upon what they already do with literacy in the home while teaching new skills for parents to work with their children, and provide children with time to read together. Parents' attitudes have lifelong effects on a child's literacy (Morrow, 1995). Getting parents involved in emergent literacy activities has a positive effect on the child's own literacy and is associated with higher achievement and stronger cognitive skills (Anderson, 2000; de Jong and Leseman, 2001; Morrow, 2001 ). A family literacy program can better reinforce the internal motivation that parents and children must have to succeed.

This is a review of professional literature that reflects what emerging research studies demonstrate about family literacy programs and the school home connection. It accompanies and serves as a background for a series of parent workshop presentations developed to help parents learn how they can best promote their children's literacy at home. Since the parent-child relationship is the most important relationship in life, the parents' sense of efficacy exerts a strong influence on development, motivation, and achievement of the child (Handel, 1999). By examining the framework of successful family literacy programs; the role of the teacher, parent, and child in family literacy programs; and the importance of motivation in the development of a child's literacy, I hope to develop a successful family literacy program for my school

Year of Submission

2003

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Rick C. Traw

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Date Original

2003

Object Description

1 PDF file (105 pages)

Language

EN

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