Methods

The contents of the Erlebnisschule curriculum are built into the teaching using the following didactic methods:

Free Choice of Work

In Maria Montessori’s didactic system the focus lies on the autonomy of the child within a framework prepared by the teacher and within a given structure.

The young person, when choosing what to do, takes responsibility for him or herself, the others and the prepared environment.

Mixed-Age Groups

Under the motto ‘Help, and let yourself be helped’ the children have the possibility to learn from and with one another.

The age groups 3-6 years old, 6-9 years old, 9-12 years old and 12-15 years old learn together, each in a single group.

A certain vibrancy emerges through the daily experience of helping and letting yourself be helped, when older and younger work together. Younger children receive ideas to help them and older children have the possibility to revise and deepen known material together with the younger ones. The young people thereby naturally gain a high social competence.

The 9th school year is very important with regards to psychological development. It gives the opportunity to examine various jobs and secondary schools as well as contact with other countries and cultures.

Exercises in Silence

Exercises in silence quieten the body, mind and soul. They allow the young people to discover their own centre and its relationship to God. A feeling for ones authentic needs only occurs in a state of inner quietness. Needs which move the young person, make them active and allow their potential to be developed. In our fast-moving time exercises in silence are an especially important part of our day-to-day teaching.

Projects and ‘Going Out’

The children learn the most through experiences and through emotional involvement in projects, either offered by the teachers or chosen by the children themselves.

Dependent upon their degree of personal responsibility the children visit museums, libraries and other institutions which are related to their projects either alone or in the accompaniment of adults.

Learning by Example

The young people have the possibility to deepen the interest in their work. They are given the space and time needed so that their curiosity can be completely met. Through examples seen in a larger context the young people learn various aspects of a specific subject.

Foreign Languages and Courses

English and Spanish, as well as Protestant and Roman Catholic religion, are taught as courses, which are held regularly throughout the school year. Additional courses are offered on specific subjects at various times to specific groups. The is more common in the Sekundaria I.

Feedback

Children give each other feedback and receive feedback from the educators and thereby learn to realistically evaluate their own work.

In the school the overall evaluation of a student’s progress takes the form of parent-teacher meetings and with the child presenting their work directly to their parents.