Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education in Elementary Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Janice Wood

Second Advisor

Dr. Elinor Scheirer

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim Mittelstadt


Readiness programs are often taken straight from a readiness workbook. Many children are not able to function in these workbooks, because they do not have the skills. The purpose of this project was to develop a readiness program of teacher directed activities to supplement the first grade readiness workbook. Chiefly, for those children that are having or have had difficulty in learning, and need more individual and specific instruction.

This was done by providing a list by area, of sequenced skills and appropriate activities that involve little preparation time. This will provide the teacher with a usable handbook of ideas that can be taught at a specific time. There were easy to find specific skills and activities that a child needs, and then able to incorporate those activities into the lessons for the day. This project saved a lot of wasted time and unnecessary repetition, by their availability of activities.

The list of skills made it easier for the teacher to identify the problem, find the correct skill needed and, then an activity to teach, reinforce or strengthen that skill. The authors conclusion is that it is a worthwhile advantage to any first grade or readiness program.