Montessori Resources for 9 to 18-Year-Olds

1. Teens:

Montessori for teenagers in junior and senior high school is called "Erkinder" meaning "Farm School" and the concept can be updated and modified to fit modern times.  I often get asked if I do Montessori distance learning for teens, sorry I do not. However, here are some resources about Montessori Farm School that will help you:

Read this article from the Mountain Montessori Farm School on Erkinder

Read the "Comparison of Montessori & Traditional Middle Schools" (PDF download from

Check out the following Montessori book from the library:
From Childhood to Adolescence Including 'Erkinder' and the Functions of the University
by Maria Montessori.

"Essays on the educational concerns of the child from age seven [to] the adolescent, and even the mature university student. [Maria Montessori] considers each level and seeks optimum method of facilitating growth."--Nienhuis Books & Publications
Read this article from Michael Olaf MONTESSORI FOR AGES TWELVE TO EIGHTEEN: Montessori Philosophy and Practice for the Middle School & High School Years.

Do a search  with "Erkinder" and "Farm School" as your key words at Yahoo and Google or go here:

Kindling Touch Institute: Not farm school/Erkinder but focuses on the adolescent and young adult, Inspiring the Adolescent and Adult Mind

2. Montessori Special Needs FAQs is now here

3. Montessori Upper Elementary FAQs

I'm always on the look out for what's available for upper elementary homeschoolers: check out these Montessori albums and training.

Try joining some of the Montessori/homeschool Yahoo groups and asking members with older children what they are doing for upper elementary. You can also join my Montessori on a Budget Facebook group here:

You can also look into these Erkinder resources (Montessori farm school/high school) to see what is coming down the road, and fill in the gaps.

What I can say is that upper elementary Montessori does a lot of research projects with the children: they go through/teach various subjects and read books about those subjects and write research papers. And the subjects are the same as the lower elementary (botany, zoology, history, science, etc. ).

You also might try getting a traditional book on to see what's taught in each grade to give you ideas, like the E.D. Hirsch Jr. books (What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know, Revised Edition: Fundamentals of A Good Fourth Grade Education Core Knowledge Series...).

Other books of interest:

  • Modern Montessori at Home II: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children 10 through 12 Years of Age by Heidi AnneSpietz.
  • Advanced Montessori Method-Vol. 1 (7-11 yrs.): Her Program for Educating Elementary School Children Schocken Books; Reissue edition (June 1989).
  • Montessori upper elementary blogs with lots of great stuff: