Erdkinder (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Erdkinder (Montessori)

Erdkinder, a German term that translates to “Children of the Earth,” is a concept developed by Maria Montessori which refers to her vision of an ideal adolescent educational environment[1].

This model, often described as a “farm school,” posits that adolescents benefit from practical, hands-on work, and real-life experiences, such as farming, cooking, business operations, and craftsmanship, which can help them develop skills, responsibility, and self-confidence. Montessori believed that such an environment would provide adolescents with meaningful work, and a greater understanding and appreciation of their role in society and their relationship to the natural world[2].

In Erdkinder programs, academic learning continues but is integrated with practical activities and experiences, encouraging adolescents to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios. This also gives them the opportunity to explore different vocational paths.


Montessori Quotes on Erdkinder

There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.

— Maria Montessori