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.

When you order Maitri Learning materials you can be confident that you are receiving materials of the highest educational value. All of our materials are designed by a Montessori teacher and rigorously reviewed and tested by Montessori teacher trainers, teachers, and children before they are offered for sale. Our research-based materials contain exactly what you and your children need and nothing else. 

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.

Movable Alphabets

Traditional Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

Are your children able to hear all of the sounds in words when you play the Sound Game? Do they know their pink, blue, and green sandpaper letters? Can they tell you l...
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Phonogram Alphabet

$24.95 USD

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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Black Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

Ready to move one step away from the traditional movable alphabet? This black alphabet is just what you need. You can use it on its own but it is awesome when used in ...
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Red Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

Are your children writing words with the traditional (pink/blue) alphabet but starting to perfect their spellings? Then it's time for the red and black alphabets!  Usi...
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Spanish Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

Write your heart out in Spanish! This includes everything you find in our traditional movable Alphabets plus 10 of the Spanish n and 20 of each accent. This is the per...
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Alphabet Box

$9.95 USD

Get the dust out! These craft boxes have a transparent lid so children can easily see all the letters even when the alphabet lid is closed on the shelf. No more aversi...
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Box Tabs: Extra Dividers

$1.95 USD

Our craft box for the movable alphabet comes with 20 dividers. But, if you want more, no problem. Order an additional strip of five tabs. These come ready to cut so yo...
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Beginning Reading

Phonetic Level 1 Set: Simplest Phonetic Words

$59.95 USD

This is what you want: All 5 Packets in Level 1 (simplest, 2-3 letter phonetic words) in one economical set. Five packets (6 images/18 cards per packet) so you can ke...
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Phonetic Level 1A

$12.95 USD

Level 1 Packet A contains six of the simplest, 3-letter phonetic words in our language. There are two rhyming pairs of words for the short vowel sounds a, i, and u (li...
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Phonetic Level 1B

$12.95 USD

Level 1 Packet B contains six of the simplest, 3-letter phonetic words in our language. There are two rhyming pairs of words for the short vowel sounds o, a, and e (li...
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Phonetic Level 1C

$12.95 USD

Level 1 Packet C contains six of the simplest, 3-letter phonetic words in our language. There are two rhyming pairs of words for the short vowel sounds a, e, and u (li...
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Phonetic Level 1D

$12.95 USD

Level 1 Packet D contains six of the simplest, 3-letter phonetic words in our language. Each contains the short vowel sound a, e, or u (like gum, bus). Unlike Packets ...
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Phonetic Level 1E

$12.95 USD

Level 1 Packet E contains six simple 2- or 3-letter phonetic words. Each contains the short vowel sound a, e, i, o, or u (like lid, ax). This Packet contains several w...
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Phonetic Level 2 Set: Longer Phonetic Words

$59.95 USD

This is what you want: All 5 Packets in Level 2 (truly phonetic words with consonant blends) in one economical set. Five packets (6 images/18 cards per packet) so you...
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Phonetic Level 2A

$12.95 USD

Level 2 Packet A contains six different four-letter phonetic nouns with sk blends (such as mask and desk). Word selection creates a high potential for success. 3-part...
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Phonetic Level 2B

$12.95 USD

Level 2 Packet A contains six different four-letter phonetic nouns with with st blends (such as fist and vest). Word selection creates a high potential for success. 3...
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Phonetic Level 2C

$12.95 USD

Level 2 Packet A contains six different four-letter phonetic nouns with l blends (such as flag and plum). Word selection creates a high potential for success. 3-part ...
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Phonetic Level 2D

$12.95 USD

Level 2 Packet A contains six different four-letter phonetic nouns with r blends (such as crab and frog). Word selection creates a high potential for success. 3-part ...
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Phonetic Level 2E

$12.95 USD

Level 2 Packet A contains six different two syllable phonetic words (such as gumdrops and cactus). Word selection creates a high potential for success. 3-part format ...
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Phonetic Level 3 Set: Other Phonograms

$78.95 USD

This set stretches beyond the green sandpaper letters into the common phonograms in our language that often frustrate children. This set includes one packet for the fo...
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Phonetic Level 3 Set: Traditional Phonograms

$78.95 USD

These packets are the perfect independent follow-up work to the phonogram object box. Here we have collected one packet of 3-part cards for each of the following key p...
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Phonetic Level 3 ai

$12.95 USD

This packet makes a direct connection with the green sandpaper letters. Level 3 Packet ai contains six different phonetic nouns with the ai phonogram (like paint and t...
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Phonetic Level 3 ar

$12.95 USD

This packet makes a direct connection with the green sandpaper letters. Level 3 Packet ar contains six different phonetic nouns with the ar phonogram (like yarn and ba...
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Phonetic Level 3 ch

$12.95 USD

This packet makes a direct connection with the green sandpaper letters. Level 3 Packet ch contains six different phonetic nouns with the ch phonogram (like chest and b...
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Phonetic Level 3 ee

$12.95 USD

This packet makes a direct connection with the green sandpaper letters. Level 3 Packet ee contains six different phonetic nouns with the ee phonogram (like tree and je...
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Phonetic Level 3 er

$12.95 USD

This packet makes a direct connection with the green sandpaper letters. Level 3 Packet er contains six different phonetic nouns with the er phonogram (like fern and he...
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Phonetic Level 3 oa

$12.95 USD

This packet makes a direct connection with the green sandpaper letters. Level 3 Packet oa contains six different phonetic nouns with the oa phonogram (like boat and go...
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Spanish Montessori Materials

Spanish Around the House 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Now in Spanish! Come home to these great object cards. Just like visiting your neighbor, these cards feature common items and furniture you'll find in your average hom...
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Spanish Around Town 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Now in Spanish! 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...
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Spanish Fruit 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Now in Spanish! Children love to work with their favorite foods. Each image shows the fruits exterior and interior to display the reason it is the type of fruit it is....
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Spanish In the Kitchen 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Now in Spanish! 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...
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Spanish Land & Water 1

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Finally, the best Land & Water cards are available in Spanish! Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the 10 basic land and water geographic formations o...
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Spanish Land & Water 1 Book

$15.95 USD

Finally, our best selling Land & Water book is available in Spanish! Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the 10 basic land and water geographic format...
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Spanish Land & Water 1 Definitions

$24.95 USD

This is AWESOME work for Spanish immersion or bilingual classrooms. Don't stop your Spanish activities when children gain some proficiency. Stretch them further with t...
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Spanish Land & Water 2

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Now in Spanish! Use real locations to clearly depict the 10 advanced land and water geographic formations commonly included in geography bees. 3-part format includes ...
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Spanish Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

Write your heart out in Spanish! This includes everything you find in our traditional movable Alphabets plus 10 of the Spanish n and 20 of each accent. This is the per...
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Spanish Tools 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Now in Spanish! Children can use these tools without supervision! Set them free to explore the common tools they've seen around their home. 3-part format includes ph...
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Spanish Transportation 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Now in Spanish! There is at least one child you know who goes ga ga for everything that has wheels. Use these cards to turn that interest into great work. 3-part form...
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Spanish Utensils 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Now in Spanish! Are you doing some cooking in the classroom? Excellent! Now you can extend that work into your language area with our Utensils cards. Features 12 c...
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News

Visit Julia & Maitri Learning in LA & Chicago!

Have a question about the language work in your primary classroom? Looking for inspiration, ideas, or great new materials? Interested in the Muriel Dwyer Montessori approach? Come visit Julia Volkman at the:
  • AMI conference in Long Beach, CA (Feb. 11-14
  • AMS conference in Chicago, IL (March 10-13)
She'll be relaxing and chatting at the Maitri Learning exhibit table and happy to talk with you and give sample presentations. Don't miss this opportunity for conversation and camaraderie!

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Following the child's interest...sea star exploration

Kylie D'Alton is a Montessori mom living down under and homeschooling her two sons Montessori-style. Right now, they are intensely interested in sea stars (starfish). So, she used our "Part of" the starfish materials to encourage their interest and expand into academic study. You can read about her experience with these materials on her blog at How We Montessori.

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Join Julia Volkman online at Harvard this spring! 

The Neuroscience of Learning:
An Introduction to Mind, Brain, Health, & Education

Would you like to know more about how the brain works? What educational practices are supported by research? Have you always dreamt of studying at Harvard? Well now you can!

Join Dr. Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa (researcher, professor, and author), Julia Volkman (Maitri Learning's founder), and Drew Nelson (Fulbright scholar) every Thursday morning (9:00 to 11:00 a.m. EST) to take a look into key educational issues including:
  • Attention and ADHD
  • Executive Functions
  • Memory
  • Language Development, Foreign Language Learning, and Dyslexia
  • Cultural neuroscience
  • Affective neuroscience (social/emotional learning)
Harvard University Extension School courses are open to all and can be taken for no-credit, undergraduate credit, or graduate credit. Click on the following links for course information or enrollment options.

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