Spring 2018


Capstone Project

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Patty Born-Selly

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Kendall C. Becherer, Doug Ethier


The research question addressed in this project was, what is the best way to setup and implement a Waldkindergarten-inspired all-day nature based school for ages three to five in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota? The project focuses on the Waldkindergarten style of school in Western Europe and how this can be configured to the laws and weather patterns in the state of Minnesota. It focuses on the all-day aspect of this type of school, which is much less popular than a part-day program of this type due to the complexities and extra expenses of an all-day model. The literature review describes different accepted models of preschool curriculum in the United States and how they can be blended into a successful model of an all-day nature-based school in the Twin Cities metro area. Key influences include Waldkindergartens, Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Waldorf education models. Key influencers include David Sobel, Peter Gray, Erin Kenny, Rachel Larimore, Richard Louv and Patti Bailie. The project includes two parts. Part one is a business plan for an all-day nature-based preschool located in the Twin Cities metro region of Minnesota. The business plan aims to abide by current state of Minnesota standards for opening a preschool center. Part two is a curriculum outline for the proposed nature-based preschool that also follows Minnesota state standards for a preschool curriculum.

Project Type

Business Plan


Early Childhood, Environmental Studies

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