Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2002

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Gail Goss

Second Committee Member

Carol L. Butterfield

Third Committee Member

Andrea C. Sledge


The purpose of this project was to create an at-home reading program that would encourage parent participation and promote the development of critical thinking skills necessary for our children. The project implements a program that emphasizes using higher level questioning strategies in order to develop critical thinking skills. The project's focus is on educating and training parents as to the importance of their involvement and the importance of using higher level questioning strategies when they read with their children. Parents are educated and trained during two parent workshops. During these workshops, parents will also be introduced to the Read Together Packs that they will be using with their children at home. The packs include all of the materials necessary for parents to effectively participate in the at-home program.


A video of the author demonstrating reading prompts and reading "Franklin Has a Sleepover" by Paulette Bourgeois to a child can be viewed by contacting Central Washington University Archives. (2.43Gb; 11m47s.)