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Judi Orion
and others have to say about our materials
Our Materials are  
Research-Based and
Aligned with the
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.

Maitri creates educational materials that are accurate, beautiful, durable, and usable. We named ourselves after the Buddhist
maitri which means having a compassionate, kind heart. We keep the principle of maitri at the front of all of our
business decisions.

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.

Julia Volkman, Maitri Learning’s Founder and President, has been teaching children and mentoring teachers in private and
public schools since 1997. She is a recurrent Teaching Assistant for Harvard University’s Neuroscience of Learning/Mind,
Brain, Health, and Education course (Extension School), nearing completion of her master’s degree in psychology at Harvard
University (Extension School), a Montessori Mentor consulting with public and private schools across the nation, a former
columnist for the Public School Montessorian, and an intern supervisor for the Northeast Montessori Institute (AMS). Ms.
Volkman earned her AMI 3 to 6+ diploma from the Montreal Montessori Training Centre, a bilingual program. Her studies at
Harvard focus on cognitive neuroscience and neuroeducation (a transdisciplinary approach to education that considers the
child’s genetics, environment, capacities, and interests). Through that work, she was asked to be the teacher’s
representative on the Advisory Panel for the Annenberg Foundation's course
Neuroscience & the Classroom (developed in
conjunction with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). That course features two public Montessori school
classrooms (Zanetti Montessori in Springfield, MA) and Ms. Volkman mentoring in those rooms. This course is available online
for free.

Ms. Volkman regularly speaks at Montessori conferences and schools across the country including the Spanish AMI
Centennary, AMS annual conferences, the Montessori Foundation, the Maine Montessori Association (keynote), the South
Carolina Montessori Alliance (keynote), and the Wisconsin Montessori Association (keynote), among others. There is good
information describing her general approach to the Children’s House at

Before coming to Montessori, Ms. Volkman worked as an instructional designer, writer, and educational consultant
(developing educational programs for physicians and business professionals). Ms. Volkman is the mother of a college junior (by
birth) and 9-year-old (by adoption). You can follow Ms. Volkman on

Maitri Learning is dedicated to helping children forge a deep and intelligent connection with their world. We create
educational materials that capture the objects children encounter everyday through breathtaking photography. Teachers
and parents will find our language cards easy to introduce to children and, then, easy for children to use independently.
Click here to learn more about
recommended ages for our products. All materials are accompanied by:
Step-by-step written lesson plans you can download
Free equation masters you can download
Ecologically-minded packaging that facilitates organization in the classroom or home
The Maitri Guarantee

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. You may return any unused item within 90 days and receive an exchange, replacement, or refund. If there was an error on our part, we will ship you a replacement and include return postage for you to return the
item you received in error. For other returns, we are happy to offer an unconditional exchange, replacement, or refund.
Unfortunately, we can not refund original shipping costs; return shipping costs are also the responsibility of the customer.

Laminate Information & Research
Our lamination method is supported by data from a clinical study of lamination formats. (Click here to read more about that
study.) We print our cards on heavy weight, environmentally sound papers (not card stock which can peel away from the
laminate). We use a 5 mil laminate that extends just to the edge of the cards (not beyond) and we round the corners (to
eliminate the tactile distraction of "pokey" corners and to add to their longevity).

Based on the results of the
lamination study, we recommend the following lamination procedures:
use 5 mil laminate (pouch or roll)
round the corners on all cards, preferably using a corner rounding machine (available as a hand punch at craft stores
or as a manual stack corner rounder such as the Diamond 1 or the CR-20 which can be found at many Internet stores)
paste or print material on heavy weight paper (32 lb.) NOT card stock (card stock tends to pull away from the
laminate; it does not adhere well and will have a shorter life than paper cards)

When you laminate, we recommend leaving a cm or so of extra laminate around the edges of the cards. This will improve their
durability and longevity.

Click here for
printable laminating recommendations.

Privacy Policy
We respect your privacy. We will use your information in order to complete your order, send you our catalog, and email you
product updates/news from time to time. We may also offer your information to other reputable Montessori companies (like
NAMTA, Montessori Services) with whom we have an established relationship and whose offerings compliment our own and
add to the great work of Montessori education. If you do not wish to receive our catalog or email updates, please send us an
email and let us know.

We are a Green Company
Our manufacturing and shipping practices are environmentally-friendly. We print our cards on high-quality, acid-free,
heavyweight papers made from tree-free and/or recycled fibers; we use a laminate with a non-toxic adhesive; we print our
correspondence and catalogs on recycled papers; we use recycled/recyclable shipping materials; and we recycle everything
we can. All products are made in the USA with careful attention to the environmental impact of our work.

Maitri Learning has evolved with the help, guidance, and input of many extraordinary individuals. Click here to read more.
(c)2014 Maitri Learning, LLC. All rights reserved. Photographs in our materials may change as we work to continually improve our products.
All card sizes are approximate.
2014 Catalog
Catalog PDF
Maitri Learning's Founder Julia Volkman in the classroom
Maitri Learning: Setting the Standard for Montessorial Language Materials
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