Providence Montessori Middle School opened in the fall of 2014 in a historic building on West Fourth Street in Lexington, KY. The middle school resides on what is affectionately called the Erdkinder Campus.
Maria Montessori called adolescents “Erdkinder” or “Land-Children” in recognition of the importance of the natural world and real work in this environment for this age group. The Erdkinder level (ages 12-18) continues the work of the elementary, but focuses on understanding human interdependency with the natural world. Adolescents begin to merge the history of the universe, the cultures of man and governments with skills currently acquired through academic pursuits and work on the land. Students have greater opportunity for hands-on environmental work, technology, and commerce. They are more independent and self-motivated as they develop life skills for an emerging society.
Working on the land is an integral part of the middle school curriculum. Organic gardening, environmental practices in the school environment, and studies in sustainability combine academic studies with practical life on a community and whole world level. The middle school campus houses classrooms, meeting space, a commercial grade kitchen, and gardens. In addition to a permanent staff, there are guest instructors such as carpenters, artists, geologists, writers, naturalists, etc. who lend their expertise to students involved in ongoing projects.
Three Areas of Study for Montessori Middle Schools (According to Maria Montessori):
Study of the earth and living things:
Study of human progress and the building up of civilizations:
- history of civilizations/explorations
- humanities – art/literature
- higher mathematics – algebra/geometry
Study of history and humankind:
- scientific discoveries
- relationship of humans to environment
- government/law/global economics
- oral and written communication
Please visit some of the links below to read more about our Montessori middle school and it’s evolution at our historic site on West Fourth Street in Lexington, KY.