Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2001

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Timothy W. Young

Second Committee Member

Don B. Woodcock

Third Committee Member

David J. Majsterek


The role of phonemic awareness in beginning reading acquisition was researched. Studies suggested that the presence of phonemic awareness in young children facilitates learning to read. Research also suggested a positive relationship between parental involvement and reading acquisition. A handbook containing activities designed for use in a backpacking program was created. The activities involve parents in developing phonemic awareness in their children. These activities are to be sent home with students and completed with the assistance of their parents. The handbook also contains assessments and instructions for teachers regarding the implementation of this backpacking program.