Capstone/Dissertation Title

Designing a parent program to enable and sustain reading aloud at home

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone serves as a tool that can be used to examine the powerful effects of reading aloud and how it can enhance a child's reading ability. While discussing the components of reading aloud it also addresses the importance and process of reading aloud with at-risk students. Key influences included peers, fellow educators, current students, childhood experiences, Project Lead training, and authors such as Jim Trelease. The research provides educators with a starting point at which to design a parent program that will support the establishment of a reading aloud program at home. It also addresses the importance of sustaining reading aloud at home. The parent education program was developed using the seven simple steps of planning discussed by Jane Vella in her book Learning to listen, learning to teach.

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