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.

Vocabulary Cards

Amphibians Vocabulary

$7.95 USD

A little slimy and definitely jumpy, kids go crazy for these little amphibians! These are the common ones you're likely to run into and maybe try to catch in your gard...
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Around the House Vocabulary

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Come home to these great object naming and sorting cards. Just like visiting your neighbor, these cards feature common items and furniture you'll find in your average ...
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Around Town Vocabulary

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Go for a walk and then use these cards to talk about the things you saw. This packet is a wonderful way to bring the child's out of school life alive in the classroom....
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Birds Vocabulary

$7.95 USD

Grab a cup of tea and look at your window to see these beauties. They might grace your bird feeder or greet you at the park. With these cards, you can look as long as ...
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Butterflies Vocabulary

$7.95 USD

Remember the wonder of chasing butterflies on warm, sunny days? These cards let you get up close and personal with twelve beautiful species of North American butterfli...
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Clothing Vocabulary

$7.95 USD

One of the best Montessori teachers I ever observed kept a child-sized suitcase in her room full of children's clothing. She used it to give lessons on vocabulary, fol...
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Dogs Vocabulary

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You'll want to grab a ball and play fetch when you see these adorable furry canines. Our cards include 12 of the most popular American Kennel Club breeds. Vocabulary ...
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Farm Animals (Adult) Vocabulary

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These are some of the most common farm animals in North America...that's right, the bison is numerous once again but now on farmland instead of wild prairie. Use these...
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Farm Animals (Juvenile) Vocabulary

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Adorable, soft, and fuzzy. These sweet little guys are perfectly matched with our adult farm animal set. How fun it is to learn that baby rabbits are also called kitte...
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Fish Vocabulary

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It's like having your own personal aquarium to spread out on the rug and explore. These cards show you that fish are not always what you expect...think about the lampr...
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Fruit Vocabulary

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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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Garden Flowers Vocabulary

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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 fu...
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Horses Vocabulary

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Ever wonder what makes a chestnut a chestnut or a bay a bay? It's not just the color of the fur, mane, and tail, the skin underneath matters too... and how the coat ch...
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In the Kitchen Vocabulary

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 Little ones can touch everything in this kitchen... and that's just what they want to do! Give them a chance to explore the kitchen unfettered; they won't even notice...
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Mammals Vocabulary

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 It’s all about the mammary glands! We know that mammals are vertebrates that feed their young milk so our cards include pictures of a cow feeding her calf and a doe f...
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Orchestral Musical Instruments Vocabulary

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Put on some classical CDs and pull out these cards. This packet includes representative instruments from the orchestra: brass, wind, strings, and percussion. Use these...
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Pets Vocabulary

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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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Popular Musical Instruments Vocabulary

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Bring on your favorite tunes and use these cards to help children learn about the instruments they hear... from guitar to harmonica, this set has it all! Vocabulary f...
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Reptiles Vocabulary

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I used to wonder how people got attached to reptiles they kept as pets until my brother got a bearded dragon and my son captured a garter snake…now I’m in love! The cl...
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Sports Equipment Vocabulary

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Basketball and hoop, baseball, bat, and glove, and more. Put these photos together to show off the children's favorite sports. Vocabulary format includes beautiful im...
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Grammar

Grammar Set

$89.95 USD

This is what you want: save nearly 40% when you buy the complete set. This includes the complete materials for all Function of Words Grammar Activities (for the primar...
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Grammar Step 1: The Article

$7.95 USD

The Article packet is the child's introduction to all of the grammar activities. It starts with the basics: things (nouns) and words that tell us something about those...
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Grammar Step 2: Adjective 1

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Just what kind of cookie do we want? The adjective tells us! Play this after the article game to allow for gradual increase in complexity. This is also where we introd...
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Grammar Step 3: Adjective 2

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Want to eat a squashed black banana? Ever seen a huge helicopter? Children love to play with adjectives to see what makes sense. This activity lets them do just that. ...
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Grammar Step 4: The Conjunction

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Gather a few objects from your environment and tie them together with pink ribbon. This creates a concrete representation of how conjunctions tie phrases together. Ver...
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Grammar Step 5: The Preposition

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The Preposition activity playfully teaches students about the job of a preposition by moving objects about in response to which preposition they use. Very fun! The Pre...
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Grammar Step 6: The Verb (Introduction)

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Here's your chance to play a joke on the children! Give them one of the printed word cards and ask them to give you what it says. When they can't give you the "bark," ...
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Grammar Step 7: The Verb (Charades)

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Who says you can't play games at school! Charades is the perfect way to get kids active in learning the function of verbs. In this game, each child chooses a card and ...
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Grammar Step 8: Adverb 1

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This work takes the Verb Charades to the next level. Children read the verb card (in red) and then read the adverb card (in orange) to tell them how to do the action. ...
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Grammar Step 9: Adverb 2

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The Adverb Box 2 shows children how to logically arrange verbs and the words that modify them: adverbs. The children get to connect a single verb with a single adverb ...
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Grammar Step 10: The Verb (Transitive & Intransitive)

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This verb work lets us work with mixed phrases that combine actions and objects. Here we learn about direct objects: a transitive verb takes a direct object (read the ...
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Grammar Step 11: The Verb (Syntax)

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Order really matters! So far, children have been playing with the order of words. They've learned that adverbs can come before or after a verb. Now they'll get to see ...
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Grammar Step 12: The Verb (Mental Activity)

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Thinking is a lot of work...that's what this activity shows us. Verbs aren't just what happen on the outside, they describe activity you can only see on an fMRI... thi...
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Grammar Step 13: Commands 1

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Get ready to do stuff! Commands Part 1 gives children specific activities to carry out. They read a card, do what it says, and then symbolize the phrase. As children d...
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Grammar Step 14: Commands 2

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Commands Part 2 slowly increases complexity by combining two actions with an object. Children read a card, do what it says, and then symbolize the phrase. All of the p...
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Grammar Step 15: Commands 3

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Two Actions/Two Objects: One step more challenging, Command Box 3 combines two actions with two objects. Children read a card, do what it says, and then symbolize the ...
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Grammar Step 16: Commands 4

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Two Actions/Two Objects/One Pronoun: Command Box 4 is similar to Command Box 3 but now uses pronouns as articles. Children read a card, do what it says, and then symbo...
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Sales & Discounts

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Discounted French 3-Part Card Set

$69.95 USD $39.95 USD

This drastically discounted set includes six individual French 3-Part Reading Card packets for: Around the House Around Town In the Kitchen Tools Transportation Utens...
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Imperfect "Parts of" the Flag Book

$12.95 USD $6.75 USD

This is just like our first quality book except the edge of the canton has a dark line around it in the black & white versions of the photos (see photo for example...
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Imperfect "Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD $9.50 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except the color is just a little bit different (more pink). Our slight printer error means big savings for you! These ful...
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Imperfect Addition Equations

$12.95 USD $6.75 USD

These are exactly like our first-quality laminated math cards except these have a slight bend in the laminate (we call it potato chipping or canoeing). Otherwise, they...
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Imperfect Garden Flowers Vocabulary

$7.95 USD $4.50 USD

These are just like our first quality laminated cards except the printing is a bit askew so the pictures are not quite centered on the cards (see photo). Otherwise, th...
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Imperfect Land & Water 2 Book

$12.95 USD $6.75 USD

This is just like our first quality book except the sky in some of the pictures appears a bit streaky (see photo for example) and some of the colors are a bit dull. Ot...
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Imperfect Long Division Equations

$17.95 USD $8.95 USD

These are just like are first quality long division equation cards except the printing is slightly skewed and the blue border is a bit faded/streaky (see photo). Other...
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Imperfect Mollusks 3-Part Reading

$12.95 USD $6.75 USD

These are just like our first-quality cards except some cards have light black streaks (circled in photo). Otherwise, these are perfect and complete. 3-part format in...
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Imperfect Multiplication Equations

$4.50 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except the yellow is a bit light which makes it hard to see the white star in the right corner of the dynamic equations. Ot...
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Imperfect Plant Kingdom 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD $9.75 USD

These are just like our first-quality cards except the text on some word labels is dark grey while the text on the control cards is black (see photo for example). Othe...
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Imperfect Reptiles 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD $9.75 USD

These are just like our first-quality cards but some cards have small spots on them (see example circled in photo) or the text on some word labels is dark grey instead...
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Imperfect Vertebrates 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD $9.75 USD

These are just like our first-quality cards except the text on some word labels is dark grey while the text on the control cards is black (see photo). Otherwise, these...
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Montessori Pedagogy Blog

Phasing In & the Parking Lot

The first few days of school are full of excitement and chaos. This is when all kinds of trouble can happen just because the families, children, or staff aren't quiet on board with the whole school procedure thing. This is why it's a really good idea to bring the returning families back before we invite the new children to start. Now usually we're just thinking about the children and from their perspective, this "have the older kids come back first" approach works really well. Everyone gets time to boisterously reconnect and review the core grace and courtesy they learned the previous year. But what I'm really thinking about is the parking lot. You want people in the car line who know what they're doing! The new families will have a  better chance of getting with the program if they have some role models to follow. I mean if 90% of the people are only using the right driveway lane, that says something!

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Rotating Materials: Themes, Seasons, and Magic

I had a called the other day from a darling teacher who was very uncertain about the online training she received from the North American Montessori Center (NAMC). She felt unprepared and confused about several points and was seeking clarity. I thought I would publish this note because she is not the first teacher to call me with similar questions and from a similar training situation. Let's hope many people can gain something from her courage in directing her questions to a Montessorian with a blogging problem!

One question she had was "What themes should I put out for each season?" She was wondering if she should do shells in the summer and leaves in the fall. Well, sure, if that is what is relevant to the children's lives but the main point is to follow the interests of the child and to keep the classroom alive with magic. Of course, she already knew that the children were more interested in certain things at certain times of the year because they connect with what goes on in their lives outside of school. So the first thing she needed to do was trust her natural instincts.

The next thing to do was get her rotating mojo on! Rather than doing a major classroom overhaul every season, here is an easier approach to rotating materials. 

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The BEST Snack Procedure

One of my favorite teachers and I spent almost two days figuring out the snack procedure and set-up for her room. The result was utterly fantastic. She spent the first week or two of school focusing on presenting how to have snack and snack went along without a hitch for the rest of year. So read on if you want the best snack ever in your classroom!  Step 1 is to get your name card and place it in the ladybug holder. This holds your space at the table and prevents the possibility of another child rushing in to sit at the table while the other child is getting snack at the snack shelf. My friend decided on a two-person snack table but this same procedure can work with three children if you have a large enough table. In the picture above, the placemats are reused all morning. Those and those cute little lady bug card holders stay on the snack table at all times. The children set up and clean up the rest. 

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