ERIC Number: ED218582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Spring Into Reading: A Parent-Child Reading Participation Program.
Fels, Cynthia; Langston, Barbara
Realizing the importance of parents in the educational process, several states have launched campaigns to involve parents with their children in home reading activities. Using these programs as examples, the Wentzville R-IV School District (Missouri) devised and initiated "Spring Into Reading," a plan for encouraging parental involvement in leisure time reading activities. The program consisted of an 8-week contractual agreement between the parent and child to spend 15 minutes per day, 5 days a week in a reading activity. Rewards such as pine seedlings or stickers were given throughout the program as incentives to keep the children reading. To start the program a time-line was developed that clearly listed all of the important events in the program, such as halfway points, dates that parent letters would go home, dates of incentive distributions, and so forth. Student weekly record sheets were also maintained and collected at the end of the program. Each participant who completed the program received a certificate of accomplishment signed by the superintendent, their building principal, and classroom teacher, as well as a coupon for free french fries from a local food franchise. Although some parents objected to the rigorous time requirements, the contractual agreement, and certain awards, the overwhelming response was positive. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (27th, Chicago, IL, April 26-30, 1982).