Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Montessori Early Childhood
The purpose of this research was to determine if daily lessons in yoga, mindfulness, and transition skills positively affect the transition from lunch to recess in a Montessori environment. The seven‐week study involved 17 children between two and a half to five years old. Data collection included a pre-and post‐assessment and observations which documented the type of disruptions, amount of disruptions, and the resolution to the disruptions. Results of the pre-and post‐assessments revealed that practice of the skills needed in a transition resulted in more independence. The mindfulness exercises resulted in less distractions while waiting in line during a transition. Observation data showed there was little decrease in the amount of disruptions during a transition, but an overall increase in the children’s independent and child assisted resolutions to disruption. Suggestions for further research include a longer length of time for a study, more clarified data collection, a video recording for observing, and further study concerning needed and unneeded adult interventions.
Cunningham(Black), Crystal P., "Transition Strategies in Early Childhood Settings" (2016). Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers. 162.