Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
Early Childhood Education
play-based education, Kindergarten, developmentally appropriate practices
In this new millennium the first year of elementary school once meant for play and getting children acclimated to school life, "Kindergarten", has become more and more focused on academic performance. Formal academic structured kindergarten programs are spreading rapidly across the United States, causing a push for academic preparation to be acknowledge during the younger years for children. This academic focus is targeting children younger than five years of age, which are the years children are growing rapidly physical, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. These years are also the times where young children are enjoying life experiences in their world of learning through their routine "play" activities. The key method to prepare young children for kindergarten readiness in the new millennium is to continue allowing young children to be exposed to academic concepts through adult facilitated interactive play activities.
The literature review supports the importance of young children's play activities and how play can introduce and allow young children to develop the academic concepts needed in the kindergarten structure classroom. The project provides awareness for the parents/guardians and early childhood educators/preschool teachers of what components are needed to provide a playful academic concept building environment for young children. Also within the project there are concept skills checklists and several suggested play activities that are age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate for young children from birth through four years.
Recommended CitationKnight, B. (2003). Preparing Young Children for Kindergarten-Readiness and Life-Long Learning Through Play in the New Millennium (Thesis, Concordia University, St. Paul). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.csp.edu/legacy-capstones_maed/136
Available when logged in with your CSP email address and password.
For users outside of the CSP community, use the "Request Access" button to submit a request for full text.