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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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 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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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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Land & Water 2 Book

$ 12.95

Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the 10 advanced land and water geographic formations commonly included in geography bees. Fully laminated pages and c...
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Traditional Movable Alphabet

$ 24.95

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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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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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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Garden Flowers Matching

$ 13.95

You can almost smell these lovelies. Take a stroll through this cottage garden and see your favorite specimens...  then bring them right in for some flower arranging f...
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Fruit 3-Part Reading

$ 18.95

Eat these right up! Children love to work with their favorite foods. Each image shows the fruit's exterior and interior to display the reason it is the type of fruit i...
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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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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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Vegetables 3-Part Reading

$ 18.95

Leaves, roots, flowers, and shoots... we eat 'em all! Learn about the key types of edible plants and then have some fun preparing them for lunch. Spark their interest ...
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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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"Parts of" the Frog Book

$ 12.95

You can almost hear this bullfrog croaking. Use these cards to see up-close-and-personal its main anatomical parts including those long hind legs for jumping. These ph...
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"Parts of" the Ant

3-Part Reading

$ 18.95

Have you ever really seen the jaws on these little opportunistic carnivores? These cards let the children check out the ant's tiniest anatomical details without getti...
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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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"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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"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 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 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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Montessori Pedagogy Blog

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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Avoiding the School-Wide Trouble Zones

Montessori blog:Avoiding the school-wide trouble zonesI just got off the phone with Michelle Boyle (the really happy grown up in the picture), the founding Head Teacher at Libertas Public Montessori School of Memphis. Her school opens its doors for the first time this August. We were talking about ideas on engaging families and preparing staff... how to get things off to a good start. And what was the first topic that came up? The bathrooms. That's right, we were thinking about the onerous job of cleaning pee off of the floor (which we all inevitably do during those first few weeks of school). But the question is, what can you do about the bathrooms so that they don't end up requiring a police force to monitor them? The answer, of course, is in practical life. 

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Independence with the Movable Alphabet

In so many classrooms I see children using objects and pictures with the movable alphabet. I usually also see that the child is not terribly interested in using the movable alphabet. It is often something they are supposed to do and not really what they want to do. I also don't see any stories or phrases being written with the alphabet. They are stuck on single words.

If you observe in a classroom like this, you'll probably notice a few things that are missing, particularly from the spoken language presentations. 

Montessori blog: Independence with the Movable Alphabet

1. Learning that they have something to say

First, the children are not given lessons on how to turn their thoughts into verbal expressions. A key lesson for this is conversations at a picture. In this lesson, you go to one of the beautiful pieces of art your have framed in your room...and swap out every month or so... and say, "I love this picture. I see so many things in it. What do you see?" Of course, this extends beyond artwork to everything of interest in the room, plants, pets, looking out the window, 

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