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Early Literacy: Parental Involvement and Student Reading Sk

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Paula Rogers

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Transcript of Early Literacy: Parental Involvement and Student Reading Sk

Research shows that
reading aloud is the
single most important
thing that you can do
to help a child prepare
for reading and learning (www.readaloud.org).
Reading is Fundamental states: It is clear that parents
should not leave to schools
alone the important task of
Closing Remarks
Journey Began
Ingels Accelerated Elementary
Parents Help By Reading to their children
Less than half (48%) of the American children are read to daily (www.readaloud.org, n.d.).
Action Research at Ingels Elementary
Early Literacy: Parental Involvement and
Student Reading Skills

Flora Grayson

Graceland University

Ingels Elementary

Parents are a Child's First Teacher
Results and Data
* 9 children participated
* Read to for 15 minutes each
day for 6 weeks
* 6 out of 9 STAR reading
score's improved

May 6, 2014
Research Question
How does parental involvement influence the reading skills of students within a kindergarten classroom?
Ingels Accelarated Elementary School
Research Setting
Hickman Mills CSD #1
About 450 students, 5 kindergarten teachers, 3 each for 1st thru 5th, Cross Categorical SPED, and SPED Resource Room, Behavior Intervention Room, ESOL, 4 Paraprofessionals, one Translator

9 kindergarten student participants from three of the five kindergarten classes and their parents
Research Participants

Data Collection and Analysis Procedures
Interviews, Observations, and Documentation
Both parent volunteers and student volunteers took a reading survey.
Conducted an interview to determine attitude toward reading.
Student participants were administered a pretest; the districts STAR reading test.
The parents read to the students a minimum of 15 minutes everyday for 6 weeks.
Beginning of each week, researcher and parent participants met to turn in reading material, collect new reading material.
Observations were made during meeting and discussed the progress of reading sessions.
The material consisted of grade level reading passages, with brief activities that determined comprehension.
Student participants answered the questions independently and wrote their own responses.
6 boys and 3 girls
Action Research at Ingels Continues
Post test administered to establish growth.
Reading survey given again to both parent volunteer and student volunteer to determine if attitude toward reading changed.
Emerging Themes
Promotes emergent literacy and language development.
Builds relationship between parent and child.
Improved love for reading.
Acquired knowledge of personal narratives.
Changes to Teaching
Work harder and consistently to encourage parents to become active participants in their child's education
Start a book club for students and parents that meet one evening a month reading and discussing a book we all have agreed to read.
Suggestions for Further Study
Expand the study group and target incoming kindergarten students with low literacy skills.
Use same data collection process to further validate the importance of parental involvement.
The implications are profound for districts and schools across the country to constantly disseminate parental involvement information. Parental involvement will move from being simply policy on paper to a policy in practice.
My gratitude to Sherry, Shelly, and Debbie, the Leialoha sisters. The has been an incredible journey with each of you. From undergrad to here, completing Graceland's Masters of Ed program. I could not have done it without your support.

Jana, Debra, Kellie, Christa, Ryan, Dave, and Adrianna, thanks for sharing laughs, family stories, and some great classroom strategies that I have used and will continue to use in my classroom. I will miss you, and my prayer is that you continue to motivate young minds for excellence and greatness.
Ethnic Diversity in Ingels

78% African American, 10% Caucasian, 7% Hispanic, 1% Asian, 4% Multiracial
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