Capstone Project Title
Jana Lo Bello Miller
The purpose of this capstone was to answer the question: What does a developmentally appropriate literacy curriculum look like in a kindergarten classroom? Research literature was comprehensively reviewed to delineate the history of kindergarten and to highlight the present day tension between academically-oriented and developmentally appropriate approaches to kindergarten instruction. Over the past decades, Kindergarten has become increasingly focused on academically oriented practices, with a heavy emphasis on the adoption of Common Core Standards. However, the published research repeatedly identified the benefits of a developmentally appropriate approach to instruction in the kindergarten classroom. The integration of developmentally appropriate practice into the literacy curriculum was found to be paramount. The capstone research review culminated in a demonstrative unit plan curriculum for Kindergarten teachers based on research-informed,developmentally appropriate practices and standards. The goal of this project was to help educators further appreciate how integrating developmentally appropriate practice and an academically oriented approach is not only possible, but ultimately highly beneficial for kindergarten students.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Day, Lisa, "Developmentally Appropriate Literacy Instruction in the Kindergarten Classroom" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 835.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects