Here's what AMI Teacher Trainer Judi Orion has to say
about our materials:
"How delighted I am with your language materials,
both for the toddlers and for the 3-6 year olds. It's
so refreshing, for example, to see a real leaf with
highlighted parts, rather than the stylized leaf so
many of us have grown up with. How wonderful
to have both options! I think your images would
be great for toddlers as well - not the labels, just
the images. I appreciate your commitment to
excellence and standards.
- Thanks, Judi Orion"
Maitri creates educational materials that are accurate, beautiful, durable, and usable. We named ourselves 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
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 the former Teaching Assistant for Harvard University’s 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 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 AMS, 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 www.MariaMontessori.com.
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
sophomore (by birth) and 8-year-old (by adoption). You can follow Ms. Volkman on Pinterest.
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.
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.
|Maitri Learning's Founder Julia Volkman
in the classroom