Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Allie Brandon


Montessori Early Childhood


The purpose of this action research project was to observe the effects of a consistent routine on toddler behaviors and transitions. There were six participants, some of which were new students and others had experience in the environment. The age range was 18 months to 3 years old. About halfway through the summer, the toddlers were presented with a daily routine that they followed everyday. Data was collected by observation during transitions, tally attendance, behavioral scales and teacher journals. The results showed improved behavior during transitions in a shorter amount of time than originally predicted. In conclusion, consistent routines allow toddlers to predict what will come next based on the pattern of their day, which may have impacted the improved behavior during transitions. In order to identify the behavioral benefits outside the classroom more research is recommended. Further research is also recommended to see if the strategies work with larger groups of toddlers.