Where the child's interest inspires great work

Maitri Learning creates educational materials that are research-based, accurate, beautiful, durable, and usable. Maitri Learning was founded somewhat accidentally by a Montessori teacher who was trying to buy the perfect materials for her classroom and couldn't find them anywhere. Now, the materials she created (based specifically on the precise directions received in her AMI training) are used by Montessori teachers, parents, and teacher trainers around the world. We are named after the Buddhist word maitri which means 'having a compassionate, kind heart.' We keep the principle of maitri at the front of all of our business decisions.

Maitri is a green, eco-friendly, fair-wage, right-livelihood, woman-owned business. We pay all of our employees at least $15/hour, which should be our country's national minimum wage. Our prices reflect these fair labor costs along with the higher costs of environmentally-sound paper, toxin-free laminate, and inks made without ozone-depleting substances.

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Phonogram Alphabet

$ 24.95

Do your children get stuck on phonograms with the traditional movable alphabet? Not any more! Put the phonogram alphabet right alongside your traditional alphabet and ...
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Traditional Movable Alphabet

$ 29.95

Are your children able to hear all the sounds in when you play the Sound Game? Do they know their pink, blue, and green sandpaper letters? Can they tell you little sto...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) Book & Card Set

$ 49.95

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included ...
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Transportation Vocabulary

$ 7.95

There is at least one child you know who goes gaga over everything that has wheels. Use these cards to turn that interest into great work. Vocabulary format includes ...
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Leaf Shapes (Botany Cabinet) 3-Part Reading

$ 24.95

Children love using cuticle sticks to trace the leaf shapes in the Traditional Botany Cabinet but sometimes it is hard for them to make the connection between those gr...
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Land & Water 1

3-Part Reading

$ 18.95

Bring your land & water forms to real-life with these beautiful photos. No more brown and blue line drawings! Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the ...
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"Parts of" the Tree Book & Card Set

$ 49.95

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Tree materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included All materi...
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"Parts of" the Leaf Book & Card Set

$ 49.95

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Leaf materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included All materi...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Monocot) Book & Card Set

$ 49.95

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Flower (Monocot) materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included...
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Sports Equipment 3-Part Reading

$ 18.95

Basketball and hoop, baseball, bat, and glove, and more. Put these photos together to show off the children's favorite sports. 3-part format includes photos, labels...
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Weather 3-Part Reading

$ 18.95

Common core standards require us to teach the children about the weather... well, why limit yourself? Talk about weather events while simultaneously laying the foundat...
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Botany "Parts of" Book & Card Set/4

$ 185.95

This discounted set includes one each of our botany "Parts of" materials for flower (monocot and dicot), tree, and leaf including: Definition books 3-part photo cards...
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"Parts of" the Flag Book & Card Set

$ 49.95

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Flag materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included This set f...
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"Parts of" the Spider Book & Card Set

$ 49.95

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Spider materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included All mate...
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"Parts of" the Katydid Book & Card Set

$ 49.95

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Katydid materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included All mat...
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"Parts of" the Butterfly Book & Card Set

$ 49.95

This discounted set includes one each of "Parts of" the Butterfly materials including: Definition book 3-part photo cards Definition cards Lesson plan included All m...
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Land & Water 1 Book

$ 12.95

Bring your land & water forms to real-life with these beautiful photos. No more brown and blue line drawings! Now you can use real geographical locations to clearl...
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Pets 3-Part Reading

$ 18.95

These guys are so cute you'll be stopping at the shelter on your way home ready to adopt one for yourself. Kids love animals and this set lets them check out a wide ra...
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Invertebrates "Parts of" Book & Card Set/5

$ 248.95

This discounted set includes one each of our invertebrates "Parts of" materials for butterfly, lobster, snail, spider, and starfish including: Definition books 3-part...
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Vertebrates "Parts of" Book & Card Set/5

$ 248.95

This discounted set includes one each of our vertebrates "Parts of" materials for bird, fish, frog, horse, and turtle including: Definition books 3-part photo cards D...
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Montessori Pedagogy Blog

What is in the Language area?

You've received your training, you've been to conferences, you've researched on the web, you've visited other classrooms and what have you found? Probably about a gizillion different suggestions, ideas, and "research-based" directives on what you should have in your language area. If you actually followed all this advice you would end up with a black hole that slowly sucks up all the calming space and uncluttered beauty from your room! What's a Montessorian to do?

Follow the guidance from my favorite researcher, Angeline Lillard, and get back to the basics. Dr. Lillard led a well-designed study that found that children in classrooms that stuck with the traditional Montessori materials rather than including lots of supplemental materials had better learning outcomes.  So, based on her advice, the list here includes only the materials listed in the AMI Montessori Primary Training.

To make life easy, I've boiled down the basics of the AMI Language Area into the six shelves described below.

Shelf 1: Spoken Language

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Less is more: Crowding the visual field

We know it. We're supposed to have orderly, uncluttered, just drop-dead gorgeous environments for our children. But most of us have a hard time making this a reality. We find new things we put together for the children and add them to the shelves. We have a pile of "stuff" we're going to get to that keeps getting larger and dustier. We're hanging kids artwork up all over the place because that's what we're supposed to do to validate their effort, right?

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Working with Families

Montessori blog: Working with familiesIt seems like every third research paper I come across is about how dramatically a child's home life influences their academic life. It puts this great pressure on we educators to try and expand our teaching from the students to their families. But, we're generally unprepared to do this. Instead, we end up getting frustrated and depressed and feeling like what we really need to do is grab those parents by the neck, bang their heads against the wall, and yell, "Your child doesn't listen to you because he thinks you only talk to your cell phone! How can your child learn when he is so tired he fell asleep on the toilet!"

Okay, so while I've never actually done any of those things (only fantasized about them), I don't expect they would be terribly effective either with the parents or the school district. So, what is an ever-gracious and patient Montessorian to do?

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