Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Kaatz, Steven


This thesis explores the idea of constructing a Montessori adolescent program outside of the prescribed curriculum of living in a working farm environment. There is a focus on Maria Montessori’s life and influence. The Montessori Method is briefly explained. Early adolescents, ages 12-15, have different needs than elementary children do; therefore, this thesis strives to design an early adolescent program located in a non-farm setting. Montessori is based on three tenets: the prepared environment, developmentally appropriate materials and the prepared adult. This has been very well developed and applied for pre-school and elementary age children, however, not as well in the adolescent ages (12-18). Finally, the author discusses personal experience in employing these principals and pillars at Hand In Hand Christian Montessori in the HIgH program. Examples are provided that have been developed and refined for a school population to include a scope and sequence, and a curriculum map.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis