Kara Kristine Gillespie



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The use of familial routines in the home can serve as a critical tool to improve the academic and social development of young children, thus impacting their overall performance in school. The goal of this study is to replicate previous research and look at specific household routines and how they impact academic performance in preschool aged children. In terms of a routine, this study will specifically look at parents regularly reading with children, following a bedtime routine, parents regularly engaging in imaginary play with the child, and maintaining an overall daily routine. This study predicts that the more frequently parents engage in these different routines, the better overall academic and cognitive performance their child will exhibit after controlling for demographic covariates. All questions pertaining to household routines will be taken from the parent survey and given to parents that opted to participate in the Preschool Promise Project. The questions measure the prevalence of a routine on a scale from 1-5, with 1 indicating the routine is not regularly implemented, and 5 indicating that the routine is frequently implemented. Data on children's academic performance will be taken from assessments conducted through the Preschool Promise Project using the Bracken test and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. This data was collected at various preschools and day care centers across the Dayton area, assessing children ages 3 to 5. The Bracken test measures a child's school readiness through assessing various different academic concepts that are necessary for learning at school. The Bracken test includes five subsets that apply to school readiness, including colors, letters, numbers/counting, size/comparison, and shapes. The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment measures a child's school readiness in social, physical, and academic areas. The assessment consists of four subsets including social foundations, language and literacy, mathematics, and physical well-being and motor development.

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Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Mary Fuhs

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Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

The Association Between Household Routines and Preschool Children's Academic Performances