Erdkinder, meaning “children of the earth” in German, is Montessori’s concept for adolescent education, typically designed for students aged 12-18. This model extends Montessori principles to secondary education, focusing on practical work, connection to nature, and community living. Often associated with a farm environment, Erdkinder programs provide adolescents with hands-on experiences that link academic studies to real-world applications.

The Erdkinder model emphasizes self-sufficiency, social responsibility, and economic understanding, offering opportunities for students to engage in farming, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurship. This approach supports adolescents in their quest for independence, helping them discover their interests, talents, and potential career paths, while fostering a strong sense of community and environmental stewardship.