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Traditionally, educators have been generous in dispensing advice to parents about how they can help their children learn to read and write when they enter school (e.g.,Mergentime, 1963; Vukelich, 1984). However, researchers in emergent literacy (Clay, 1966) have found that many young children enter school already possessing considerable literacy knowledge. Consequently, there is a burgeoning interest in working with parents to understand the important roles they play in their school aged children's literacy development.

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