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Youth school - what is it?

In Montessori pedagogy, the developmental steps from child to adult are referred to as sensitive phases in which the receptivity for certain learning content is particularly pronounced and which are characterized by great curiosity, the ability to concentrate and the ability to observe. Moral and social awareness develops and is a prerequisite for the social needs to live in relationships and to act responsibly. These social needs are supported pedagogically. Through their own practical work and their own experiences, the young people become aware of their responsibility to society and see themselves as part of this society. In order to be able to work with young people in these large contexts in nature, it is part of the Montessori education for grades 7/8 to spend part of the lesson time in an extracurricular, natural learning location - at the youth school. Working and gaining experience is possible here in a variety of ways.

The development of the youth school has been funded as a project within the framework of the INITIATIVE SECONDARY STAGE I (INISEK) since the school year 2018/2019 by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport with funds from the European Social Fund and the State of Brandenburg. Further information on funding from the ESF can be found at www.esf.brandenburg.de and www.ec.europa.eu.

New school year 20/21

It continues with the youth school and finally with you again. During the holidays the area is completely overgrown again and we have our hands full to find the herb spiral and the raised beds on the orchard meadow. Reports, nettles, goldenrods are sickled and pulled out, further arable land is dug up and mulched and the beds are tended.

We get a great donation of plants with peony and spring roses, various herbs, an apple tree and many currant bushes - thank you very much! We plant the peonies and some currant bushes in the entrance area to make it more inviting, the apple tree comes to its colleagues on the orchard and the remaining currant bushes line part of the field.

A cable ferry is being built over the Nuthe so that we don't need that long to reach the property. From now on we can pull ourselves comfortably and quickly on a rope over the groove. Then we build a staircase to the “pier” so that you can easily reach the property.

The formerly overgrown ruin is barely recognizable, so intensely it was and is being exposed. Decades-old layers of earth are removed until the stone floor appears, intact bricks are piled up for later projects and even a small garden area is laid out in front of the ruin.

The shed is getting a waterproof and light roof and we are installing various storage systems to keep our tools neat and tidy.

A washstand will be built for the compost toilet, additional seating will be built and a willow teepee will be created.

Summer half year 2019/2020

Groove letters from the Corona closing time in the second half of the school year

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It grows and grows

Our farmer has already said it and we are now realizing it: our soil is really good. It can hold the moisture, has a very high clay content and brings our plants to maximum performance. The field changes from week to week.

The tomatoes already have small fruits, the kohlrabi already has real sprouts, we have already been able to harvest salads, cress and beetroot and our insect buffet with phacelia, sunflowers is really green and will soon bloom.

Melde, ground elder and reeds are also on the advance and we are doing our best to at least put a stop to them on our arable land. Brightly colored flowers of mallow, vetch and poppy peek out from between all the greenery, surrounded by all kinds of insects.

The 2nd planting with the VegetableAckerdemie

Unfortunately, we also had to wuppen the second plantation without you. Romy from the GemüseAckerdemie brought numerous tomato, cucumber, pumpkin, zucchini, leek and corn plants. We used it to plant our 7 mulch beds. First, bed by bed, the mulch material came aside, we chopped again properly and removed the little plants that we didn't want there. In spite of the dark mulch layer, ground grass, reeds and, above all, chestnuts went really well underneath. Then we dug small planting holes, watered them thoroughly and then put our plants in them. Then the plants were comfortably wrapped in the mulch layer. It looks really great, all the beds are now planted. Now we hope for regular rain and few predators such as slugs, aphids or Colorado beetles.

Green, green, green

The rain of the last few days has caused nature to explode on the Nuthe. It is green everywhere, the chestnuts, linden, maple and apple trees have been given a dense cover of leaves, the ground is covered with garlic mustard, ground grass and other weeds and there is a lot going on in our field. The salads grow, the fennel forms tubers, the sugar peas grow up out of the earth and the potatoes form plants and have to be piled up. We have a lot to do to hold back ground grass, reeds and logs and create an insect flower strip as a natural barrier. We have all released our compost worms into the freedom of the beds so that they can do a good composting job there. Hopefully birds and deer will be kept in check by the flutter tapes.

Care of our beds

Unfortunately, we currently have to look after our school field without students and many helping hands. That means: pulling a lot of small chestnuts out of the beds, pushing back groundgrass and couch grass and watering our small, slowly sprouting salads, fennel, chard and celery plants and loosening the soil. At the GemüseAckerdemie we learned that chopping once replaces watering three times. Our farmer was so friendly and put a large water tank for us next to the beds so that we don't have to run to the Nuthe for every watering can. In the meantime, all the trees are green and cover the area in a wonderful green light.

The 1st planting with the VegetableAckerdemie

Due to the current corona situation, there were only four of us at our first planting with the vegetable farm and we really missed you. In the weeks before the planting, we had to dig up the field even further or work in the mulch. On Tuesday, March 31st, the time had come: Jenny and Elisabeth from the GemüseAckerdemie came with lots of young plants and seeds. Before that, however, we first had to level the field and create beds and paths. We have created 20 beds with a length of 6m and planted them or sown seeds. You probably hardly recognize the area now, right? Here you will now find regular updates on the ongoing work and suggestions, what you can discover in nature despite the current limited possibilities and ideas for your own small projects that you can do at home.

The Leonardobogen

In the cold and wet season we urgently need additional storage facilities and weather-protected work rooms in addition to the tipi. Since we still need the approval of the building authorities for immobile buildings, we focus on mobility. Thanks to the delivery of wood from Holz Possling, we have enough material available to build a Leonardobogen. Not only does it look very nice, it now also serves as a mobile workshop.

Exploring the fish world

Our farmer, Mr. Killat, allowed us to fish on the Nuthe. We try our luck and catch some rudd and ruff, which after careful consideration are released back into the wild unscathed. Rufffish live in nutrient-rich, slow-flowing waters and are quite insensitive to water pollution. They are also out and about in brackish coastal regions. They eat zooplankton, mosquito larvae, worms, amphipods and fish spawn as well as fry and can hunt in the dark thanks to their well-developed lateral line system.

Foundation find

While searching for leaves for our field, we discovered a huge stone slab that we are gradually exposing. This will be a good location for the wooden floor and the teepee. Surprisingly, a number of trees with long, flat roots have clung to the stone floor. It cannot be overlooked that there was a fire here a long time ago, the built-up humus soil is interspersed with tar paper residues, broken glass, rusty remains of burned wooden doors and much more. Therefore, unfortunately, we can only dispose of the soil.

Field work

Since this school year we have been cooperating with the GemüseAckerdemie and at the end of March we will be creating beds with many different crops on an area of ​​around 500m2. Before that we have to dig up and mulch everything. Here, the dug up ground is covered about knee-deep with fallen leaves, which then rot for a few months and enrich the soil with nutrients. Shortly before our first planting, we then have to work the decomposed leaves into the ground.

The tipi for the Nuthe

Thanks to an incredible willingness to donate, we were able to buy the great Tentipi Saphier 15. Albert Dorp from absolut canoe in Hamburg even gave us a discount because he thinks our youth school project is good and wants to support it. We also bought a tent stove for very cold days. Thank you very much once again to all supporters for a wind and weather-protected space. Even sleet can no longer harm us. Now we are building benches and, in the next few weeks, a wooden platform on which the tipi can stand a little more protected.

Uncover the ruin

The ruin has grown in with a number of young aspens and maples. In order to be able to use the still preserved stone floor and to create space, we cut down some of the trees.

Start of the new school year 19/20

We start the new school year well rested after a wonderful summer. Our two hundred seventh and eighth graders are mixed into 10 study groups. Each learning group is at the helm once within two weeks. We spend the first few weeks getting to know each other, the eighth graders take the seventh graders under their wing and show them the area. We are amazed at the incredible plant growth despite the heat. Our planted beds and the spiral of herbs are overgrown by meter-high reports that we all tear up during a big plucking action.