Animals of the Continents – Product Update

Animals of the Continents

Newly revised Animals of the Continents file is now available. This edition has new photos that are uniform in size.
Animals of the Continents

1. If you previously purchased this item and have a registered account with us simply follow these easy steps to access and download the revised edition for free:

  • Click over to our store and sign in to your account.
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  • Find “My Account Options” and click on “View Order History”
  • Select an order from the list, find the Animals of the Continents item and click on “Download”

2. If you made your purchase prior to 02-14-2009, then you will not have a download button to click on as previous purchases had a download expiry date. If this is the case for you, please send us an email with the name and/or email address you made the purchase under, and we will send the file to you via email.

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FYI – if you register an account with us you will always have access to your purchased files 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And it’s super quick to place your order too! It’s a great help if you have a computer crash, or receive notice of a revision – as you simply have to sign in to your account and all your files are there.

Winners of Montessori Materials Giveaway #1

Thank goodness for as we could never have chosen the winners of this Montessori Materials Giveaway by ourselves. Honestly, we’re so touched by all your comments – and we’ve read each and every single one of them. You’ve lead us to read blogs we didn’t know existed, we’ve learned some new uses of of our materials (honestly, it’s incredible just how creative you people are!), and most importantly – you’ve all given us great inspiration to keep moving forwards and developing more materials.
We wish to thank everyone who helped to spread the word of this giveaway. Our deepest desire is to make Montessori accessible to all teachers and families. We know that the further our giveaway spread, the less chance you all had of winning. But, we’re so pleased that so many of you were generous beyond your own needs and desires  … you all ‘paid it forward’ with no guarantee of winning anything. That is true Montessori spirit and kindness.And so, we must get on with the names of the winners of this Giveaway #1. And yes, it’s the first of many Giveaways to come. So, please stay in touch (through our blog) and your time will come to win something,  if it’s not come this time around.


Thank You Everyone. Congratulations to our winners!

(we have now contacted the winners by email, please contact us if you’ve not received the email)

1st Place – Deluxe CD Rom (2 Disk Collection) – Tracy (tradingpla…@…)

2nd Place – $50 online coupon for Montessori Print Shop Store – Nina

3rd Place – $40 online coupon for Montessori Print Shop Store – Tracey M.

4th Place – $30 online coupon for Montessori Print Shop Store – Liesl – (thehomesch…@…)

5th Place – $20 online coupon for Montessori Print Shop Store – Denyaz F. – (denyazf…@…)


Montessori Sensorial Materials: Scope and Sequence

Montessori Sensorial Materials: Scope and Sequence

Since a child naturally uses all his powers of observation during his early years, Dr. Montessori felt this was the ideal time to give the child equipment which would sharpen his senses and enable him to understand the many impressions he receives through them.

The sensorial materials in the Montessori classroom help the child to become aware of details by offering her, at first, strongly contrasted sensations such as red and blue, and then variously graded sensations such as shades of blue. The material enables her to know what is red and what is blue, then to understand the abstraction of blueness, and finally the abstraction of color itself.

Each of the sensorial materials isolates one defining quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, size, sound, smell, etc. The equipment emphasizes this one particular quality by eliminating or minimizing other differences. Thus, the sound boxes are all the same size, shape, color, and texture; they differ only in the sounds made when a child shakes them.

Montessori Sensorial Materials
It is possible for adults, as well as children, to receive any number of sensory impressions and be none the richer. Sense impressions are not enough by themselves; the mind needs education and training to be able to discriminate and appreciate. Montessori materials help the child to Read the entire article.


A Decalogue by Dr. Maria Montessori

Ten Fundamental Rules as Outlined by Dr. Maria Montessori

The ten fundamental rules as outlined by Dr. Maria Montessori can be found in the front entrance way of many Montessori schools. It serves as a reminder to the staff and administration, and as an outline to parents of what the expectations are when it comes to the care of the children.

Maria Montessori 1933

  1. Never touch the child unless invited by him (in some form or the other).
  2. Never speak ill of the… Read full article.

General Principles of a Montessori Environment

General Principles of a Montessori Environment

Quite often when parents first send their children to a Montessori School for a Primary program, they aren’t fully aware of the general principles of the Montessori environment. They have certain expectations that are formed due to their own personal beliefs, previous experiences, and simply a lack of knowledge of the principles of Montessori and how they apply to the classroom environment.

Not all Montessori schools will follow the principles outlined in this article, however you’ll find that most accredited Montessori schools will adhere to most of them (with perhaps
the exception of the student/teacher ratio – that is dictated by their local Child/Youth Regulations and license).
We have found it beneficial to outline and discuss these general principles to parents during Parent Education nights. It helps to alleviate anxieties and potential misunderstandings that typically occur during the first few weeks when a child is transitioning into the school. Again, each Montessori school has unique circumstances and it’s up to the school to educate their parents on their principles and expectations.
General Principles

1:30 ratio: (10 first years, 10 second years, 10 third years to 1 trained Directress and an assistant). Mixed ages of the children is crucial; they learn from each other, care for each other, and help toRead full article

Montessori Practical Life Materials: Scope and Sequence

Overview of the Primary Montessori Practical Life Program

We are providing you with an overview of the Primary Montessori Practical Life Program so that you have a better overall picture of the progression of materials and lessons.

Most children are passionately interested in practical life activities because the activities respond to all the sensitive periods (important periods of childhood development). Practical life activities build a foundation on which the children will grow and carry over into the other areas of the classroom. The Montessori Practical Life exercises respond to the need for:

  • Order of activities (sequences, routine, hierarchy, a cycle or full rotation of an activity)
  • Movement. All practical life activities involve great movements that are varied and attractive. The variety of movements help the child’s self-awareness within the environment and increase the child’s acquisition of intelligent movement.
  • Sensorial exploration (sights, sounds, smells, and eventually language).
  • Needs and tendencies are responded to, to help the children adapt so that they can actively participate and grown within their environment.
  • A child’s love of work. Practical life activities feed their natural desire to work and play an active role in their environment.

Montessori Practical Life Scope and Sequence

Practical Life Materials Lead To:

1.  Construction and integration of the child’s personality through their freedom of choice, and through the variety of their choices. Freedom of choice is necessary for the healthy development of the will.

2.  Spontaneous purposeful activity … Read the entire article.

Additional Prizes for Montessori Materials Giveaway #1

The response to our Montessori materials Giveaway #1 has been overwhelming to say the least. All of your comments about our Montessori materials are lovely to hear and have made the efforts of this past 6 (almost 7) years very worth while.
What has particularly impressed us is the effort that some readers have gone to in an attempt to win the grand prize of our Deluxe CD Rom. There are a few readers who have even started their own blogs to help spread the word about our Montessori materials Giveaway! As one blogger has said “Of course, by telling others, that increases the competition and lowers my chances of winning, but hey, I’m a sharing, carrying kind of gal.” – well said Nicole! She’s even found a friend in the US/Canada who will receive shipment of the CD Rom (should she win) and ship it off to her in Australia! Now that’s impressive. That’s a woman who really wants to win!!
We hope everyone has taken advantage of the Free Montessori materials on our website. We encourage everyone to subscribe to our blog as we give away a “Surprise Freebie” at least once a month. A few weeks back it was the South American Geography Folder that we gave away. You’ll need the instant notification from our blog to hear about the Surprise Freebie Montessori material because they typically only last for 48 hours or less. And last, but not least. We love that we have the ability to share and spread Montessori materials to people all over the world.  And now, thanks to so many of you we’ve reached so many more people! So we’ve decided to add a few more prizes to our Giveaway #1 to thank all of you. All additional prizes are online coupons to be used at Montessori Print Shop and will be valid for 1 year.
  1. First Place – Deluxe CD Rom as listed in this post 
  2. Second Place – $50.00 Coupon
  3. Third Place – $40.00 Coupon
  4. Fourth Place – $30.00 Coupon
  5. Fifth Place – $20.00 Coupon

So now 5 people have a chance to win something for this Giveaway.

So spread the word about our giveaway and keep spreading the news about Montessori!


Montessori Materials GIVEAWAY #1!

We’re so excited to be having our first Montessori Materials Giveaway. It’s big, really big. We couldn’t make it any bigger or better if we tried.
The giveaway runs from Friday Oct 15th 2010 to Friday Oct 22nd 2010.


We’re giving away ….. drum roll please…..

A Montessori Print Shop Deluxe CD Rom
(2 Disc Collection)

Montessori Print Shop Deluxe CD Rom CollectionCurrent Value – $589.32 US

It includes:

  • all PDF Files listed in our store at this time

      • 799 Montessori materials
  • 4 Primary Teaching Manuals in PDF File format

      • Practical Life
      • Sensorial
      • Language
      • Math
  • Instructions on how to prepare and use:
      • Toddler Cards and Books
      • 3-Part Cards
      • Nomenclature Books and Cards
      • Match-Up and Memory
  • FREE Xpresspost shipping

      • approx. 1-4 business days for delivery within Canada
      • approx. 2-5 business days for delivery within the United States

Details for entering the Giveaway
  1. You must have a Canadian or US Shipping address.
  2. One entry will be given to each person who goes to our online store at and then back to this post and leaves a comment saying what their favorite item is and why.
  3. A Second entry will be given to each person who writes a blog post mentioning this Deluxe CD Rom Giveaway. You must leave a separate comment on this post and provide the link to where the giveaway is mentioned on your blog in order to receive a second entry.
  4. A Third and Fourth Entry will be given to each person who includes our blog on their Blog Roll. You must leave a separate comment on this post and provide the link to your blog in order to receive a third and fourth entry.

We reserve the right to delete any comments, or links that we deem inappropriate or offensive.

Entries will be chosen at random (using and must include an email address which will be used to contact you in regards to the prize and also for possible inclusion in future newsletters. The winner will be mentioned on our blog (first name, last initial, and province/state of residence only).

Some samples of the Montessori Materials included on this Deluxe CD Rom – 2 Disc Edition
To view photos of all Montessori Materials on this CD Rom visit our Store .

LanguagePink Blue Green Series by Montessori Print ShopPrintable Language materials by Montessori Print Shop

Geographyprintable Montessori Geography materials by Montessori Print ShopPrintable Geography Continent Folders by Montessori Print Shop

NomenclatureMontessori Print Shop Nomenclature

Science & Cultureprintable Montessori Science lessons by Montessori Print Shopprintable Montessori Science lessons by Montessori Print Shop
MathMontessori Math printables by Montessori Print ShopMontessori Math Extension Materials by Montessori Print ShopMontessori Math Geometry Materials

Sensorialprintable Sensorial Montessori materials

How to Use Montessori Cards

How to Use Montessori Cards

Montessori Nomenclature Cards and 3-Part Classified Cards offer the children an opportunity to learn new vocabulary, learn how objects are classified, and begin to understand the function or use of many objects. We have an extensive post on How To Use Classified Cards here . It runs through the use of the cards over the course of a 3 year period. This post will be short and straight to the point of how to use the Montessori Cards in a lesson.

You can find Classified Cards and Nomenclature Cards and Books in our online store.

Lesson ideas for non-readers and readers are included below. The lesson ideas include the corresponding card numbers as noted on this sample picture.

Prepare Montessori 3-part cards

1. Cards with labels – (Learning Vocabulary for the Non-Reader)

a) Introduce 3 pictures at a time to the child using a “3 Period Lesson“.

  • Period 1 – Isolate 3 pictures in front of the child. Name the object/part one at a time (ie. apples, seeds, tree)
  • Period 2 – Rearrange the pictures and ask the child to show you a specific object/part (ie. “show me the seeds”). Repeat for each part, mixing them up several times and having the child repeat the name of the object/part they show you. You can move the cards around the table and also give them direction to move the cards (ie. place the seeds beside the apples, move the tree above the seeds, put the apples on the corner of the table, place the tree in my hand, etc).
  • Period 3 – Rearrange the picture cards again, point to a picture and ask the question What is this?

b) Repeat the 3 Period lesson for 3 new objects/parts. Continue the process as long as the child shows interest.

c) If your set of 3-Part Cards comes with a Black-line Master (Classified Cards do not come with Black-line Masters), then you can reprint or photocopy the black-line master sheet, cut the cards out and have the child color the parts they have learned. If required, assist the child by labeling the object/parts. Once completed, the pages can be stapled together in a booklet form, or glued on to a project board.

2. Cards without labels(Learning Vocabulary for the Reader)
a) Introduce 3 pictures to the child at a time using a “3-Period Lesson” as written above when using cards with labels for the Non-Reader.

3. Labels
a)After the child has mastered the “parts” by way of the 3-Period Lesson using the cards without the labels, they can then read the labels and match them with the pictures.
b) Using the picture with the label attached, the child is able to check their own labeling/matching.

Black-line Master
If your set of 3-Part Cards comes with a Black-line Master (Classified Cards do not come with Black-line Masters), then you can reprint or photocopy the black-line master sheet, cut the cards out and have the child color the parts they have learned. If required, assist the child by labeling the object/parts. Once completed, the pages can be stapled together in a booklet form, or glued on to a project board.

Sample of a Black-line Master
nomenclature blackline master
Some children will prefer to draw all of their own cards, which is wonderful – don’t discourage it!

How to Prepare Montessori Cards

How to Prepare Montessori Cards

It can seem like a daunting task to prepare Montessori Cards, especially the 3-Part Cards such as Montessori Classified Cards and Montessori Nomenclature. But, it really isn’t a difficult process once you run through it step by step. The key is having everything at hand, ready to go. Make a production line and do several sets together.For a step-by-step picture tutorial go here.
Prepare Montessori 3-part cards

How to Assemble the Cards

  1. Print out your materials from the pdf files you have purchased (be sure to download our Free Montessori materials ). We recommend 110lb cardstock, just be sure to adjust your printer settings for the correct ‘paper type’ before you begin printing (most printers have a specific setting for cardstock or thicker paper).
  2. You will need additional supplies: scissors or paper cutter/trimmer, cardstock or bristol board if you are going to back your cards for additional strength or color-coding, glue (glue sticks work best – do not use white craft glue if you use a hot laminator), a laminator (either a hot or cold laminator), corner rounder/punch.
  3. Each set of 3-part cards should be cut in to 3 sections (card with label, card without label, label) prior to lamination if you would like a laminate edge. Or, leave the entire printed page intact and cut the cards apart after lamination if you do not require a laminate edge.
  4. Before you begin laminating decide if you require the material to be color-coded (if it’s not already), or coded in another fashion in order to help the children keep the materials organized correctly. Examples of coding: color-coded stickers, shape stamps, number coding – to placed on one of the back corners of each of the cards in a lesson.
  5. If you are going to use glue and a hot laminator do not use white craft glue. Glue sticks can be expensive, however since you’re going through the trouble, time, and expense of making the materials, you might as well do it properly the first time so that you don’t waste time, trouble and money having to remake them!
  6. Laminate your cards according to the instructions supplied with your laminator. Always leave 1.5 to 2cm gap between cards as you feed them into the laminator. This will allow for the laminate to seal itself between the cards.
  7. When the laminated materials have cooled, trim the extra laminate from all the edges of the cards. Be sure to leave 1/2cm around each edge so that the laminate will not peel from your cards.
  8. Use a corner rounder/punch to give your cards a nice finished look and prevent poky/sharp corners.
We highly recommend a paper trimmer/cutter of this style – no brand in particular.

Glue sticks (not white craft glue) are required if you are going to back your cards on to colored cardstock.



And for homeschool use we recommend a Heat Seal Pouch Laminator  – no brand in particular. We recommend either a 2 mil or 5 mil laminate (5 mil is very thick and durable).

Corner Rounder/Punch to round off the sharp corners from the cards


 Happy material making!