Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Patricia Barton

Second Advisor

Sarah Hassebroek


Montessori Early Childhood


"The objective of this action research was to see if daily voluntary yoga and meditation influence intrinsic motivation in a 3-6-year-old Montessori classroom. The time frame of this study was over six weeks in the beginning of the school year at an urban public Montessori school. The children who participated in the study were eighteen 3-6-year-old students. The experiment included using two apps, one for meditation and one for yoga, every morning for forty-five minutes. Children were welcomed to join when they were ready and leave when they felt refreshed. Some positive effects of our research were an increase in work productivity, emotions towards work and themselves, and an increase in children being focused on work. To expand this research in the future, we would track data for longer than a six-week period and track data prior to starting research to measure a baseline."