Linda Yeboah

Date of Award

Fall 12-11-2015

Document Type

Education 590 Project

Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Reynolds, Patricia

Major or Concentration

Elementary Education


Play allows children to practice skills learned during teacher instruction, develop problem solving skills, gather and process information quickly, and reduce stress and behavioral issues (Driscoll & Nagel, 2010). But, many critics, both in early childhood education and outside the early childhood profession, question why so much emphasis is placed on play. The objective of this research is to study how play through music and play through hands-on activities embedded into the classroom curriculum influence literacy development. Action research, involving classroom observations and student assessments was conducted in a kindergarten classroom where music and hands-on play is incorporated into the daily routine and curriculum to establish how play improves students' literacy development. This research provide information for teachers and administrators to consider when developing instructional strategies to improve kindergarten students' letter and sound identification knowledge.

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