Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2001

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Gail Goss

Second Committee Member

Carol L. Butterfield

Third Committee Member

Nancy E. Jurenka


The focus of this project was to create a program that encourages families to work together with the school, specifically to aid in the literacy development of their children. The project implements reading comprehension strategies with an emphasis in first grade. The project concentrates on encouraging parent involvement in the literacy development of their children through two workshops and Home Literacy Bags. The workshops and literacy bags were developed to increase the families' comfort and ability to communicate with their children's educators and to assist in reading with their children at home. The workshop sessions introduce basic reading comprehension strategies for families to practice with their children and the literacy bags provide the families with literacy materials to implement at home.