For this research project family literacy is the field of study. The purpose of studying family literacy is to gain a better understanding of the effects of reading at home with one’s family. Teachers can benefit from this information for the research shows how a child develops literacy. Teachers, therefore, can understand how to gear their classroom according to a child’s previous knowledge. In addition, the sources I read show the importance of developing a child’s literacy before school, with one’s parent. In addition, parents may also benefit from this information, for the sources offer suggestions to better develop a child’s literacy. The sources suggest literacy programs and helpful tips. Furthermore, some of the sources I researched also discuss family literacy being influenced by one’s environment or economic situation. I excluded all sources which did not directly deal with family literacy and only concerned issues of creative reading. I found many chapters in books pertaining to my topic.
Auerbach, Elsa. "Family Literacy Connections in Schools and Communities." Which Way for Family Literacy: Intervention or Empowerment? Ed. Lesley Morrow.
Brandt, Deborah, comp. "Literacy in American Lives." Accumulating Literacy: How Four Generations of One American Family Learned to Write.
Gosse, Heather, and Linda Phillips. "Understanding Literacy Development: a Global View." Family Literacy in
Kropp, Paul. "Raising a Reader." Learning to Read-Throughout Life.
1996. 17-33. In the book Raising a Reader, the chapter “Learning to Read- Throughout Life,” by Paul Kropp, author and teacher, focuses on learning to read with one’s parent as a process. According to Kropp, reading is a process which is fun, helps a child make sense of the world, aids a child with social skills, encourages family bonding, and enforces growing up since mom and dad are always doing it. These five aspects affect a child’s learning throughout life. Furthermore, Kropp states the only mistake a parent can make when enforcing a child to read is to expect too much from your child and to turn reading into work. Kropp discuss the five stages of reading which, according to him, begin in infancy (or stage one). Stage two is reading without a parent, stage three is learning, to read at school, stage four is gaining competency, and stage five is a reader using critical judgment. Lastly, Kropp focuses on the importance of family. According to Kropp, the development of readers depends on what happens at home. Reading at home creates a motivation for the future which will ensure a child to grow into an adult who reads. Parents and teachers by reading this article can become more aware of ways to enforce reading.
Leseman, Paul, and Peter Jong. "Literacy and Motivation: Reading Engagement in Individuals and Groups." How Important is Home Literacy for Acquiring Literacy in School? Ed. Ludo Verhoeven and Catherine Snow. Mahwah:
Heinemann, 1998. 79-88. Denny Taylor, an award winning author, in the chapter “Family Literacy in a Cultural Context,” discusses the significance of literacy in a parent-child relationship.