#ServeandReturn

The Harvard Center for the Developing Child has developed wonderful resources to help those who care for young children. This month they are focused on Serve and Return. The concept of Serve and Return is very much aligned with the Montessori approach. In Montessori-speak it means, "Follow the child." See how many "Montessori moves" you can notice in the video below.

We encourage you to share the Center's resources with your friends, staff, colleagues, and school families. Have a movie night to watch and discuss!

June 12, 2019 by Admin Maitri

New "Parts of" the Fish Edition!

We've updated our "Parts of" the fish materials with a lovely new goldfish. Check out our new "Parts of" the Fish Cards and "Parts of" the Fish Book. Or, save money buy purchasing our discounted older editions. Either way, you win!

June 07, 2019 by Admin Maitri

Maitri Learning Cards at AMI Center in Cairo!

The Montessori Institute in Cairo just sent us a thank you note...we are grateful for the incredible work they are doing. Keep it up Lhamo!

"A special Thank you to Maitri Learning. Maitri has donated a large set of beautiful and durable English Language materials to help us start our AMI Training Center in Cairo and to support the work of our AMI Trainer Diwo Lhamo Pemba. Thank you!

The Beautiful Pouches in the pictures are made locally and will be available for purchase soon from Egypt, along with many other materials!"

Cairo cards

May 31, 2019 by Admin Maitri

Teacher gratitude

We just received this lovely note from Post Oak school in Texas. It made our whole week! Thank you Renee for sending this along.

"I wanted to say thank you for your beautifully created materials.  The work of making language materials is extremely painstaking for a Montessori perfectionist, and the energy that then goes into re-making portions that get chewed, bent, or torn can be overwhelming to torturous.  I found during my observations and practice teaching back in 2008/9, that many classes did not have definition stage material beyond *maybe* one or two old, rarely used sets.  I also found that there was a lot of "extra" language "lessons" on the shelves that seemed to stall children in the phonetic word decoding stage of reading.  The first classroom I led came with exactly ZERO definition sets and a few incomplete "parts of" sets, and a glut of non-Montessori reading materials to "fill in the gaps." (this is not a judgement, but what the previous teachers were able to manage at a time that Montessori options or the time needed to make materials weren't available)  My first order of business was buying a complete set of the parts and definitions for botany and zoology.  It amazed me to see the difference when children took on the challenge of reading themselves the books after labeling and eventually reading and playing the exciting and humorous language puzzle of the definition stages.  I am just deeply grateful for your well-designed, thorough, and unyielding materials.  You don't dumb things down; you use the word "throughout" right there in the definitions of the parts of the tree, "easiest" set according to my students!  We love your materials, and I am deeply grateful for the level of excitement these materials bring to the students and to me in learning about and loving the world around us.

Much gratitude,
Renee"
May 27, 2019 by Admin Maitri

Our new catalog is on it's way!

We are shipping out over 12,000 catalogs to teachers, schools, parents, and Montessorians around the world. Yours should arrive within the next week or so. If you don't receive one and would like to, contact us and we'll get one right out to you. Or, you can click here to download a PDF.
2019-2020 Maitri Learning Catalog
May 23, 2019 by Admin Maitri

New Catalog almost ready

Our new catalog is at the printers! It should be shipping out to everyone on our list in the next week or two. Look for our great new offerings including:

Send us an email if you'd like to make sure you're on our list or if you need extra copies of our new catalog for your school/training center.

 

April 30, 2019 by Admin Maitri

Working with Adults

The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University has just published their latest resource: A guide for supporting the adult part of the families we work with. This guide looks at how we can support adults in building their core life skills, how stress affects our capacity, and how we can deliver information without adding to the stress! Check it out and spread the word.

December 04, 2017 by Julia Volkman

Julia joins Board of Advisors for Diyalo Foundation

Diyalo Foundation 

We are pleased to announce that Julia Volkman (Maitri Learning's founder) has been invited to join the Board of Advisor's for the Diyalo Foundation. The Diyalo Foundation is a local organization in Nepal founded by a team of well-educated, globally-minded entrepreneurs. They're mission is to develop a sustainable, replicable, and organic educational model specifically for children in rural Nepal. They face many challenges beyond repairing earthquake-damaged infrastructure. Key among these is that only two out of every three Nepali children pass the 10th grade. Diyalo is working to change that.
 
This is an organization worth watching. If you are interested in community-led, sustainable education, please contact the Diyalo Foundation to see how you can get involved. 
November 28, 2017 by Julia Volkman

More research supports benefits of Preschool

A lovely article published in the Harvard Gazette today provides a summary of recent support for the long lasting benefits of early education. Use this to help support your advocacy work and parent education efforts. 

November 28, 2017 by Julia Volkman

Online Harvard Course Open for Enrollment

I am very pleased to announce that enrollment is open for our upcoming course on the Neuroscience of Learning: An Introduction to Mind, Brain, Health and Education at the Harvard University Extension School. 

Harvard Neuroscience of Learning Course

November 10, 2017 by Julia Volkman