Exploring the Impact of Bibliotherapy and Family Literacy Bags on Elementary Students Experiencing Divorce

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Smith, Simone
Bibliotherapy; Children; Divorce; Families; Elementary Education
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The purpose of this research project was to use picture books to create family literacy bags surrounding the topic of divorce, in order to explore their impact on children and families. Divorce is on the rise and so many children are facing, or may face divorce, in their preadolescent lives. This thesis involved creating a tool that will help enrich family support and guidance with issues or stressors that arise from the divorce. As educators, caregivers and school personnel consider the use of family literacy bags, my research has the potential to impact these students and their families. Through my research, I was able to create six family literacy bags that included a book, with a lesson plan and activity. While creating these six family literacy bags, I considered how the child may feel before, after or during a divorce. I included a variety of different picture books about divorce to ensure that the story would be relevant to each family. I used activities in my lesson plans that would give the parent or guardian and child the opportunity to share their feelings with one another, while spending time together. Two families participated in my research study. I allowed the students to choose two family literacy bags with their family and allowed them a week's time to complete the family literacy bag. In addition, survey results of the participating parent or guardian after completing both family literacy bags with their child will be included.