Date of Completion
Open Access Capstone
Master of Arts (MA)
In this paper, I discuss the importance of a strong literacy foundation, the challenges of acquiring that foundation, and the consequences of functional illiteracy. I emphasize the role that parents and caregivers can play in establishing a positive, engaged learning disposition and ways that adopting confident thinking habits and attitudes can help children in their early learning. To facilitate these behaviors and dispositions, I have provided the early design of three original children’s stories and an accompanying parent/caregiver toolkit with questions, strategies, and activities. The aim and focus of this research is early intervention using the reading experience as an opportunity to open lifelong learning pathways through modeling, scaffolding, and practicing methods and messages presented through story.
Taub, Lauren, "From Word to World: Designing Children’s Literature to Empower Thoughtful Engagement in Life and Learning" (2019). Critical and Creative Thinking Capstones Collection. 376.