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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Grammar Set

$79.95 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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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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Traditional Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

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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Cloth Pouches for 3-Part Cards

$69.65 USD

These fabric pouches from Handmade Montessori are a beautiful way to present your Maitri Learning cards to the children. These are the highest quality you will ever fi...
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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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Birds 3-Part Reading

$18.95 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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Mammals 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

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 fe...
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Orchestral Musical Instruments 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

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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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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Leaf Shapes (Botany Cabinet) 3-Part Reading

$24.95 USD

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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Vertebrates "Parts of" 3-Part Set

$89.95 USD

This discounted set includes a "Parts of" 3-part reading card packet for bird, fish, frog, horse, and turtle; 5 packets in all. Bundle of five packets 3-part format i...
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Reptiles 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

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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The Child's Tools 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

All of these child-sized tools can be purchased from Montessori Services; we worked together with them to create this perfect set. Just what you need to link your 3-di...
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Leaf Shapes (Botany Cabinet) Book

$15.95 USD

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 USD

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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Cloth Pouches: Single Pouch

$41.65 USD

These fabric pouches from Handmade Montessori are a beautiful way to present your Maitri Learning cards to the children. These are the highest quality you will ever fi...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) Book & Card Set

$49.95 USD

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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Land & Water 1 Definitions

$19.95 USD

Here they are! Clear, text-only descriptions of each basic Land & Water 1 term. These definition cards match the pages in the Land & Water 1 book, but in this ...
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Transportation Matching

$13.95 USD

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. Matching format includes tw...
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Complete Book & Card Set/21

$999.95 USD

Buy all of our card and book sets and save 10%! This collection includes one each of our definition books, 3-part photo cards, and definition cards for: Invertebrates...
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Montessori Pedagogy Blog

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!

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Displaying Definition Card Sets

So you have all of these beautiful card materials but how the heck do you organize them on your shelves? This is the question Laura at Montessori of North Ranch (CA) asked me earlier today. And here is my response...there's not just one way but I'll describe an approach that I like. 

When you think about displaying the definition cards, think about the activities children will do with them and keep in mind the principle of rotating materials. For example, before the children work with the definitions in parts, they need to be comfortable with the definitions as a whole. This means they need to understand that each definition describes one of the pictures in the 3-part cards...and that means they have to first know the vocabulary from the 3-part cards and, of course, you'd like to have read the book with them so they are familiar with the definitions themselves. Do you see how connected the pieces are?

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