Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1997

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Timothy W. Young

Second Committee Member

Osman Alawiye

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


The purpose of this project was to increase the literacy skills of preschoolers through family involvement activities. Research on the factors that contribute to early literacy and ways that parents can be involved in the literacy development of their child was examined. Two workshops were designed based on this research which suggests that the development of literacy is a gradual process which occurs long before the child enters school. Two workshops were designed to provide parents with ideas. The first was to show how to create a literacy rich environment in their home, the second, to show how parents can become involved with their child's education by establishing a working relationship with the school. Ten take-home literacy activities were designed to further increase parent involvement in the literacy learning of their preschooler.