Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Barbara Schoenbeck

Second Reader

Lacey Wellens


language and literacy, developmentally appropriate practices, parent involvement


The field of education is rapidly changing and all who are a part of that field are feeling pressured to ensure that children are succeeding in school. Children are being expected to learn more advanced information at earlier stages in life. It is essential for children to have a solid understanding of language, as it is a fundamental part of every subject they will be taught. Parents have the opportunity and responsibility to guide their children through early literacy development. Many guardians do not feel adept to assist their child develop language skills because they do are not confident how to teach them. This project includes a handbook for parents to use with their children to strengthen a child's literacy skills. Other benefits of being involved in a child's learning include raising a child's self-esteem, helping the child feel more confident, creating a bond with your child, and being a part of the steps your child will go through to become a well- rounded person.

Included in this handbook are a variety of activities and games parents can play with their child over and over again as a fun and meaningful way for a child to gain literacy knowledge. There are resources including age appropriate picture books, read aloud stories and poem books. There are also websites full of literacy games as well as materials to print off and use with a child.


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