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How To Use Montessori Nomenclature

What is Montessori Nomenclature? Why do you use it? How do you use it?

There is nothing to be afraid of …. Montessori nomenclature is fun, educational and easy to use. It’s so easy that you can learn by using it right alongside your students.

What is Montessori Nomenclature? 
Nomenclature cards and booklets identify and name the various parts of the object or animal you are learning about. Each part is isolated in color which draws your attention to that particular part and not to superfluous details. The Nomenclature available in our store is available in red accents and color accents. The red and color accents are further divided into 3 categories: Botany, Zoology, Other (health, science, etc).

Sample of BotanyBotany Nomenclature Sample
Sample of ZoologyZoology Nomenclature Sample

Sample of Other

Other Nomenclature Sample

Some Montessori schools use a 5-part card format.

Part 1 – Card with label, Card without label, labelNomenclature part 1

Part 2 – Book

Nomenclature part 2

Part 3 – Picture Cards and Descriptions CardsNomenclature part 3

Part 4 – Description Cards (with a blank) and LabelsNomenclature part 4

Part 5 – Definition Strips

Nomenclature part 5

We’ve found that most Primary classrooms prefer the 3-part format. There are fewer pieces involved (fewer pieces to get lost), and it’s less complicated for the younger children (3-6 years) to manage.

Our 3-Part Cards consist of 1 set of cards with labels, 1 set of cards without labels, 1 set of labels, 1 black-line master. Each part is shown in color. This helps to isolate the exact part that is being taught.

Ladybug Nomenclature Cards

The Booklet (can also be used in card format) has 1 set of labeled picture cards, 1 set of definition cards.

Ladybug Nomenclature Book

Why do we use Nomenclature? 
Children gain a much clearer and deeper understanding of our world when they have vocabulary to put with movements and images. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but add a label and now you’re talking! From a very young age children ask what things are called. Think back to when your young toddler began to understand the value of words. He said ‘wa-wa’ (water), and the look of comprehension and pure pleasure in your eyes was enough for them to chant the same word over, and over, and over again – even after you made sure they had their fill of water. Finally they remembered what it was called, knew how to ask for it (albeit they needed time to work on their pronunciation), and they were understood. What a glorious day. Nomenclature cards are used for the same purpose – to name “parts of” things.

How do we use Nomenclature?
The first part, the 3-Part Cards, are primarily used the same as way as we use Classified Cards. There are many formats used to introduce terminology to young children. We prefer the following format for teaching nomenclature.

Step 1. The terminology is introduced using the cards without the labels (typically 3 cards at time). i.e. Lay down the first card – “This is a ladybug.”  Lay down the second card – “This is the elytra.” Lay down the third card – “These are the spots.”

ladybug cards 1  ladybug cards 2   ladybug cards 3

Step 2. You can mix the cards up on the work space (table or mat), and now ask the child to point to the parts you ask for. Example: “Can you show me the spots?”. “Can you place the ladybug in my hand.” “Show me the elytra”. “Can you place the ladybug beside the spots?”, etc.  Mix the cards up and …  Read entire lesson presentation

Save 15% OFF Montessori materials

Save 15% OFF Montessori materials

If you live in a cold winter climate then February is often referred to as the month of blues. Less sunshine, slushy roads, and heavy clothes can bring your mood down. It affects children too and can be felt at home and in the classroom.

Chase the February blues away in your classroom by introducing new materials to your children. Spark their interest in new materials and you’ll see an elevated mood and energy level.

To help you out we’ve created a coupon code for 15% OFF all our printable Montessori materials. Coupon Code FEBSNOW is valid from Feb 9 – 16th, 2016 (click the coupon code and it will be applied directly to your shopping cart).

Feb 2016 Sale

Happy Birthday Montessori Print Shop!

It’s that time of year – our annual Birthday celebration! We’re celebrating 13 years online.


It’s hard to believe that Montessori Print Shop began 13 years ago. Oh how we’ve grown! We’re proud to have become a leader in online Montessori printables, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to have served our loyal customers all these years.

To celebrate our 13th Birthday we’re offering 20% OFF all printables and CD Roms from now until Jan 24th, 2016. Use code happy13 at check-out in our store, or use this link to apply the code directly to your shopping cart.

We thank you for your patronage these past 13 years,
The Montessori Print Shop Team

Thanksgiving Sale – Save 15%

Hello Friends,

It’s been quite a while since our last blog post. We’ve been busy these past few months creating new materials and filling our store. Hopefully you’ll find something that will bring a smile to your students faces.

We’d like to wish everyone a very Happy US Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy your time off with family and friends.

To celebrate the holiday we’re offering 15% OFF all items until Nov 29th, 2015. Use this link to automatically apply the coupon to your shopping cart, or use coupon code USTHANKS at checkout.


Geography Sale – SAVE 30%

Dear Friends,
Over 60 New Geography items have now been added to our store! For seven days only, SAVE 30% OFF all Geography printables. Take advantage of this huge savings and complete your geography area today. Only individual Geography items are included in this sale (Bundles not included). Valid from June 23 to June 30, 2015.

Use Coupon Code: Geo30 or this direct link to apply discount to your shopping cart.

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Wrap Up the School Year: Cleaning and Preparing for Fall

Many of you are now wrapping up your school year before the summer holidays. Congratulations to you all for a successful year! Perhaps you’re feeling a little drained after a long school year? You’re most likely daydreaming about your upcoming summer fun, and time to relax with family and friends. The last thing on your mind is cleaning and storing your classroom materials and thinking about next year!  But that’s exactly what you should be thinking about. (Read until the end of this post to find a 15% OFF coupon code)

If you make a plan, it won’t seem so overwhelming. Here are a few key things to consider when cleaning at the end of the school year – before you make your summer getaway.

A complete Primary Montessori classroom (2½ to 6 years old), with all the required Montessori materials should take 2 adults approximately 3 days to clean. This would include all of the materials (wooden, laminated cards, containers, etc.), tables, chairs, shelves, cubbies, snack area, etc.

What do you need to complete this process of cleaning and storing?

  • Wash basins (easier to clean the materials at each shelf, rather than transporting all materials to the sink)
  • cloths (to wash and to dry)
  • scrub brushes
  • liquid cleaning solution
  • hot water
  • rubber dish-washing gloves (for sensitive hands)

It’s important to disinfect everything in your classroom. Even though you’ve been wiping your shelves and dusting throughout the school year, there is an accumulation of grime and germs on every card, container, and piece of material. Washing everything is  the last thing you really want to do, but it must be done at the end of every school year. And bear in mind, it will make it that much easier to start your next school year after your summer fun is over.

Obviously, you won’t be able to clean cards and labels that are not laminated, but the containers that hold them need to thoroughly cleaned. So how do you clean the multitude of laminated cards in your classroom?

  1. Prepare a liquid disinfectant solution of your choice.
  2. Lay a large, clean, dry cloth on a table.
  3. Using a cleaning cloth, wet it with your cleaning solution and wring it out very well.
  4. Wipe the front of a card clean with the wet cleaning cloth.
  5. Flip the card over and lay it on the dry cloth.
  6. Wipe the backside of the card.
  7. Continue for all cards.
  8. Clean the container.
  9. Allow sufficient time for the cards to dry or wipe with the dry cloth.

As you clean the materials, you should be checking to make sure you have all the pieces for each lesson. Be sure to count your color bead bars, golden beads, square chain labels (free download) and cube chain labels, skittles, etc., for math. Do you have your smallest pink cube for the Pink Tower (and a spare, because we all know that smallest pink cube is so darn cute and sometimes mysteriously disappears, only to reappear a few days later)? Are you missing language cards, picture cards, farm animals, fabric swatches, or stamps for the Stamp Game? How about Stamp Game Paper (free download)? Do you have all your Nomenclature and black-line masters? It’s so important to leave every lesson clean and complete.

As you work your way through the cleaning process, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the success of the materials and lessons that you have in your classroom. Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do the materials meet the needs of the children?
  • Are there areas that are lacking materials (language, culture, and geography are usual)?
  • Do you have returning students that are prepared for more in-depth materials that you don’t have?
  • Are there new concepts you would like to introduce to the children next year?
  • Do you have all your required Administrative Records and Forms?

So you have lots of things to think about during your days of cleaning! The process is so much more enjoyable with another adult helping out. Volunteer parents are helpful for cleaning practical life dishes, shelves, tables, chairs, etc. But it’s always best to have a trained Teacher/Directress and/or an Assistant clean the materials, as they are familiar with the full contents of each lesson. Add in some music, conversation, and laughs about moments during the school year, and the time will pass quickly.

When you figure out what materials you’re missing, or what lessons you’d like to add to your classroom, use this Coupon Code: MAY2015 to SAVE 15% OFF materials in our online store. Coupon code is valid May 11 to May 20, 2015.


February Savings – 15% OFF printable Montessori materials

We are in the middle of a deep freeze here….brrr! We hope you’re all keeping warmer than we are. If you’re like us and you’re stuck inside, there is no better time to prep new materials then right now.

To help you out, we’ve created a 15% OFF coupon code!

Save 15% OFF everything in our online store from today (Feb 23) to Friday Feb 28, 2015.

MPS---Feb-SaleThis Coupon Code (FEB15COLD) will apply the coupon code directly to your shopping cart. Enjoy!

Win our Montessori Pink, Blue, and Green Phonetic Language Series

Win our Montessori Pink, Blue, and Green Phonetic Language Series

Happy 11th Birthday to Us! This is the last giveaway of our 11th Anniversary Birthday Bash.  Be sure to see all the great giveaways that end Jan 31, 2015.


This fantastic Montessori Language Series includes the following Pink Blue Green Bundles. The Bundles contains 51 pdf files and instructions that you print and prepare for your children to use. Click the individual links to view the contents of each Series.

 Montessori Green Phonogram Series Bundle – 20 LessonsMontessori Green Phonogram Language Series by Montessori Print Shop

The winner has the option of choosing the non-color coded Series
– also known as Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 in our store.

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