Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Fall 2006

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Gail Goss

Second Committee Member

Nancy E. Jurenka

Third Committee Member

Andrea C. Sledge


This project provides a handbook of reading and writing activities and strategies for parents of first grade students to use with their children in the home environment. Included is a review of research which: (1) discusses the importance of reading aloud to children at home and school, (2) examines how a child's early literacy experiences in the home affect overall reading achievement, (3) explains ways to increase communication between parents and teachers regarding a child's literacy development, and (4) describes activities to connect school and home literacy experiences.