Date of Award

Summer 6-1-1966

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Emil E. Samuelson

Second Advisor

Theodor F. Naumann

Third Advisor

John A. Schwenker


Many significant studies of reading readiness were under way at the direction of private, public, or federal funds, thus focusing attention on kindergarten and pre-kindergarten readiness. Because of this, many parents, teachers, and administrators showed keen interest in the possibilities of educating youngsters at the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten age. It was therefore felt that a study of this kind would be pertinent. Specifically, many persons wanted their five-year-olds to attend kindergarten in Chelan, Washington. This attitude was reflected elsewhere and it was decided to make a study of kindergarten programs and their relationships to the program in Chelan. It was decided to investigate appropriate materials and readiness programs related to readiness in the pre-school, and to show its relevance to the interested parties in Chelan. At this same time the President's Community Action Program was concerned about the readiness program in the education of the educationally disadvantaged child and he was appropriating funds to help finance a program to this end. Also, since there was much emphasis on Montessori and other beginning school philosophies, it was decided that this study would be valid.