Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
Early Childhood Education
early childhood education, preschool development, Reggio Emilia Approach
The purpose of this capstone was to describe how an existing home bought by TriState Christian School, in Galena Illinois, was transformed into a developmentally appropriate preschool. Based on the current and relevant research as to what is best to suit the needs of young children, this house has become a very suitable environment. Much of the research is based on the Italian Reggio Emilia schools' philosophy in regards to environment. This includes aesthetics, using wide open spaces, natural lighting and careful placement of furniture and art work. Other model environments which incorporate elements of the Reggio philosophy were also included. The learning environment was also considered an important part of the overall environment and this is discussed at length. This capstone is an in-depth look at the planning and processes involved in making this building aesthetically pleasing, developmentally appropriate, safe and fun for any preschool child.
Recommended CitationPitman, R. G. (2003). From House to Preschool: Creating a Holistic Preschool Learning Center at TriState Christian School, Galena, Illinois (Thesis, Concordia University, St. Paul). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.csp.edu/legacy-capstones_maed/141
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