Erdkinder

A Montessori Center for Study and work – Coming Soon…

” The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded.”

Dr. Maria Montessori, From Childhood to Adolescence, p. 72

Our mission is to provide authentic Montessori education to adolescents of ages 12 -16 years. 

Study and Work

Maria Montessori  observed human development to follow four different planes, ages birth to six, six to twelve, twelve to eighteen, and eighteen to twenty-four years. She designed a plan of education for each plane of development.

For the third plane, that spans from the ages twelve to eighteen, she identified the need for students to work on the land as well as in academic studies. She proposed a Centre for Study and Work, where adolescents and selected adults live in a self-contained micro community, self-governing and, to a considerable extent, self-supporting.

This experience includes an initiation into economics and an understanding of its importance for everyday life. Another important aspect of the environment is that it should put the adolescents in close contact with nature in order to instill an appreciation and understanding of the responsibility of the planet on which we live and are a part of. 

Education should therefore include the two forms of work, manual and intellectual, for the same person, and thus make it understood by practical experience that these two kinds complete each other and are equally essential to civilized existence.” – Dr. Maria Montessori, From childhood to adolescence.