Capstone/Dissertation Title

Involving parents of early childhood special education students in their child's education through take home learning kits

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The focus of my capstone was how to increase early childhood special education students' school readiness skills. Children spend a minimal amount of their life in school between kindergarten and twelfth grade, and even less during the preschool years. Though my literature review I found what the state of Minnesota considers school readiness skills. I researched the important role parents play in a child's educational success. After comparing how other teachers have extended learning into the homes of their students I designed and implemented at-home curriculum kits with adaptations for children with special needs. I designed a questionnaire to determine how effective my kits were. Though this study I found parents liked having activities to complete at home, which were ready-made and developmentally appropriate for their children with special needs.

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