Land and Water Forms – Buy or DIY?

Montessori Land & Water Forms

Montessori Land & Water Forms are used to increase a child’s knowledge of geographical land and water forms that exist in the world. This is first presented to a child by way of a sensorial experience – the child pouring water in to the Land and Water form trays.

The geography materials that are typically presented before Land and Water Forms are:

  • sand paper globe (language: land and water)
  • color globe (language: continent and ocean)
  • puzzle map of the hemispheres (language: names of continents)
  • puzzle map of the continent on which they live (language: names of the countries)

There are several other geography materials that can be presented around the same time as the land and water forms:

Land & Water Forms are used in the Montessori environment to increase a child’s knowledge of geographical land and water forms that exist in the world. This
is typically first presented to a child by way of a sensorial experience – the child pouring water in to the Land and Water form trays.

You have 3 options for Land and Water FormsRead More


Solar System Mat and Cards

Solar System Mat and Cards

A fantastic idea for a DIY solar system mat that was shared on the “Let It Be Montessori” blog. You’re taken step-by-step through the process of making this brilliant mat (with pictures too) – which makes it so much easier to follow along! A fantastic addition to your culture area. Go take a look.

You can learn how to make your own papier-mâché planets here.
It’s labor intensive, but it’s a lot more affordable than purchasing them.


Of course, you can use our 3-Part Solar System Cards to help teach the names of the planets.
Solar System Nomenclature Cards
And the children can learn some fact about the solar system by reading through our Solar System Book.
Solar System Nomenclature Book

Montessori Materials in digital bundles

You’ve been asking, and we’ve been listening!For quite some time now, we’ve been receiving requests for digital bundles of our Montessori materials. We currently have 970 printable Montessori materials available in our online store. But as you know, up until now you’ve only been able to purchase individual digital files or CD Roms.The CD Roms save you 20% of the total cost of the materials (except for the Deluxe CD Rom Collection – you save 73%). The CD Roms offer larger packages of entire categories. But with many small schools and homeschoolers being on tight budgets, CD Roms aren’t an option.

Welcome to our new selection of Digital Bundles!

Smaller bundles that will save you 15%. We’ve organized them by categories, and made small groupings: ie.) individual geography continents.

This Africa bundle includes 6sets (163 cards) of Montessori Geography Materials. If you purchased these items individually it would cost you $20.94. Purchasing this bundle saves you 15%.

Included in this bundle

1 Africa Geography
Folder (20 images)
2 African Animals 3-Part
Cards (17 images)
3 African Flags 3-Part
Cards – 57
4 African Foods 3-Part
Cards (23 images)
5 African Landmarks
3-Part Cards (23 images)
6 African Musical
Instruments 3-Part Cards (23 images)
Total if purchased individually $20.94

This material is not color-coded. You can color-code these materials according to your own map colors using colored cardstock as a backing prior to laminating, or you can purchase the color-coded bundle.

Sample of Geography Materials for AfricaAfrica Continent Cards by Montessori Print ShopSample of the Africa Geography Folder cardsAfrica Geography Folder by Montessori Print Shop The Geography Folder cards are approximately 5 x 7½ inches. All geography folder cards have a short caption at the bottom.

Sample of Animals from Africa 3-Part CardsAfrican Animals

The size of the 3-Part Cards with label are approx. 3½ x 3¼”, the cards
without labels are approx. 1″ shorter, the labels are approx. 1″.

As an example: the set of African Animals would include:

  • 17 pictures with labels
  • 17 pictures without labels
  • 17 labels
  • title card

Please be patient as we continue to add more Digital Bundles: Teaching Manuals, Science, Toddler and more.


Montessori Nomenclature Giveaway

Montessori Nomenclature Giveaway

The Giveaway is CLOSED
This Montessori Print Shop Nomenclature on CD Rom is a fantastic addition to any homeschool or classroom (Montessori or otherwise). It includes one hundred sets of Nomenclature geared towards children ages 4-9 years of age. And 1 lucky reader will win it!

Starts: Monday July 25th 2011.
Ends: Monday August 1, 2011 @ 12 Noon EDT

This collection of 100 sets of Montessori Nomenclature includes the following (each ‘part’ is shown in full color, in 3-part card format):

1 Airliner Nomenclature Cards ( 13
2 Airplane Nomenclature Cards (14 parts) 2.59
3 Apple Life Cycle Book (7 parts) 2.59
4 Apple Life Cycle Cards and Charts  (7 parts) 2.59
5 Apple Nomenclature Book (7 parts) 2.59
6 Apple Nomenclature Cards (7 parts) 2.59
7 Bat Nomenclature Book (13 parts) 2.59
8 Bat Nomenclature Cards (13 parts) 2.59
9 Bean Seed Nomenclature Book (6 parts) 2.59
10 Bean Seed Nomenclature Cards (6 parts) 2.59
11 Bird Nomenclature Book (11 parts) 2.59
12 Bird Nomenclature Cards (11 parts) 2.59
13 Brain Nomenclature Book (11 parts) 2.59
14 Brain Nomenclature Cards (11 parts) 2.59
15 Bulb Nomenclature Book (7 parts) 2.59
16 Bulb Nomenclature Cards (7 parts) 2.59
17 Butterfly Life Cycle Book and Charts
(5 parts)
18 Butterfly Life Cycle Cards and Charts
(5 parts)
19 Butterfly Nomenclature Book (5 parts) 2.59
20 Butterfly Nomenclature Cards (5 parts) 2.59
21 Car Nomenclature Cards (20 parts) 2.59
22 Crayfish Nomenclature (13 parts) 2.59
23 Dog Nomenclature Book (15 parts) 2.59
24 Dog Nomenclature Cards (15 parts) 2.59
25 Egg Nomenclature Book (10 parts) 2.59
26 Egg Nomenclature Cards (10 parts) 2.59
27 Elephant Nomenclature Book (10 parts) 2.59
28 Elephant Nomenclature Cards (10 parts) 2.59
29 Eye Nomenclature Cards – Simple (10
30 Fish Nomenclature Book (11 parts) 2.59
31 Fish Nomenclature Cards (11 parts) 2.59
32 Flag Nomenclature Book (9 parts) 2.59
33 Flag Nomenclature Cards (9 parts) 2.59
34 Flower Nomenclature Book (5 parts) 2.59
35 Flower Nomenclature Cards (5 parts) 2.59
36 Frog Life Cycle Book and Charts (6
37 Frog Life Cycle Cards and Charts (6
38 Frog Nomenclature Book (6 parts) 0.00
39 Frog Nomenclature Cards (6 parts) 0.00
40 Grasshopper Nomenclature Book (13
41 Grasshopper Nomenclature Cards (13
42 Helicopter Nomenclature Cards (11
43 Horse Nomenclature Book (9 parts) 2.59
44 Horse Nomenclature Cards (9 parts) 2.59
45 Human Body Nomenclature (21 parts) 2.59
46 Insect Nomenclature Book (11 parts) 2.59
47 Insect Nomenclature Cards (11 parts) 2.59
48 Internal Organs Nomenclature Book (8
49 Internal Organs Nomenclature Cards (8
50 Jellyfish Nomenclature Book (8 parts) 2.59
51 Jellyfish Nomenclature Cards (8 parts) 2.59
52 Kangaroo Nomenclature Book (11 parts) 2.59
53 Kangaroo Nomenclature Cards (11 parts) 2.59
54 Ladybug Nomenclature Book (10 parts) 2.59
55 Ladybug Nomenclature Cards (10 parts) 2.59
56 Leaf Nomenclature Book (6 parts) 2.59
57 Leaf Nomenclature Cards (6 parts) 2.59
58 Mushroom Nomenclature Book (9 parts) 2.59
59 Mushroom Nomenclature Cards (9 parts) 2.59
60 Penguin Nomenclature Book (9 parts) 2.59
61 Penguin Nomenclature Cards (9 parts) 2.59
62 Plant Nomenclature Book (6 parts) 2.59
63 Plant Nomenclature Cards (6 parts) 2.59
64 Pumpkin Life Cycle Book (8 parts) 2.59
65 Pumpkin Life Cycle Cards and Charts (8
66 Pumpkin Nomenclature Book (9 parts) 2.59
67 Pumpkin Nomenclature Cards (9 parts) 2.59
68 Root Nomenclature Book (5 parts) 2.59
69 Root Nomenclature Cards (5 parts) 2.59
70 Sea Horse Nomenclature (15 parts) 2.59
71 Seed to Plant Nomenclature Book (9
72 Seed to Plant Nomenclature Cards (9
73 Skeleton Nomenclature Cards (25 parts) 2.99
74 Skin Nomenclature Book (11 parts) 2.59
75 Skin Nomenclature Cards (11 parts) 2.59
76 Skull Nomenclature Cards (13 parts) 2.59
77 Snail Nomenclature Book (9 parts) 2.59
78 Snail Nomenclature Cards (9 parts) 2.59
79 Spider Nomenclature Book (8 parts) 2.59
80 Spider Nomenclature Cards (8 parts) 2.59
81 Starfish Nomenclature Book (11 parts) 2.59
82 Starfish Nomenclature Cards (11 parts) 2.59
83 Teeth/Jaw Nomenclature Book (7
84 Teeth/Jaw Nomenclature Cards (7 parts) 2.59
85 Tomato Nomenclature Book (8 parts) 2.59
86 Tomato Nomenclature Cards (8 parts) 2.59
87 Tooth Nomenclature Book (9 parts) 2.59
88 Tooth Nomenclature Cards (9 parts) 2.59
89 Tree Nomenclature Book (5 parts) 2.59
90 Tree Nomenclature Cards (5 parts) 2.59
91 Turkey Nomenclature Book (13 parts) 2.59
92 Turkey Nomenclature Cards (13 parts) 2.59
93 Turtle Nomenclature Book (10 parts) 2.59
94 Turtle Nomenclature Cards (10 parts) 2.59
95 Volcano Nomenclature Book (6 parts) 2.59
96 Volcano Nomenclature Cards (6 parts) 2.59
97 Watermelon Nomenclature Book (5 parts) 2.29
98 Watermelon Nomenclature Cards (5
99 Worm Nomenclature Book (5 parts) 1.59
100 Worm Nomenclature Cards (5 parts) 1.59
Total if purchased individually 251.62

You can view what’s included here:

  1. Botany Nomenclature Cards and Booklets
  2. Zoology Nomenclature Cards and Booklets
  3. Miscellaneous Nomenclature Cards and Booklets


SampleThe Ladybug
A few samples of the 3-Part Cards
Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop
Samples of the Nomenclature Booklets
Nomenclature Booklets by Montessori Print Shop


Additions to Practical Life

If you’re familiar with Montessori then you understand the theory behind the Practical Life Activities. We wrote about all the wonderful things that Practical Life lessons lead to in this article, and how Practical Life is the foundation of Montessori. If you’ve used Montessori in your home or school, you’ll understand the need to switch out and add in Practical Life activities. Sometimes it’s the season that calls for it, other times it is the children and their interests that call for a new activity.The Practical Life activities on your shelf are only limited by your own imagination. You can make… Read full article.

Endothermic or Ectothermic Animals?

I’ll say it one more time … children love learning about animals! And there are so many interesting concepts that are applicable to animals. Recently we’ve covered animal camouflage, venomous or poisonous animals & plants, oviparous or viviparous animals, and so many other great animal lessons. We’ve just added a new lesson to the Science/Animals section of our online store:

Endothermic or Ectothermic Animals?Endothermic or Ectothermic Animals by Montessori Print ShopJoin along with your children and learn how to sort and classify endothermic (warm-blooded) and ectothermic (cold-blooded) animals.


Natural Playgrounds

Natural Playgrounds

Natural Playgrounds allow for open-ended, multi-age, sensorial play.

playground2photo credit

It allows for children to explore nature (watch birds and bugs build homes), as well as plant, nurture and harvest living things (flowers and vegetable gardens).

teachertom_gardenphoto credit

Natural playgrounds offer settings that encourage children to explore
their imagination
Both gross and fine motor skills are engaged while playing in natural playgrounds. They increase attention span, cognitive skills, collaborative play, and allow creativity to flourish.

Montessori Book List

Montessori Book List

Many of you have been asking for it (for a while now) … a Montessori Book List. It’s been compiled using the books that we’ve read and currently have on our book shelf. These books primarily cover children from birth to 6 years of age.Montessori Book List

Children become like the things they love.

Children become like the things they love.

You know the saying “you are what you eat” …. well consider that children become like the things they love. It may make you think twice about everything in the environment that you create for your children. 
An excerpt from “The Absorbent Mind” by Maria Montessori. 
“To care for, and keep awake, the guide within every child is therefore a matter of the first importance. The comparison we have already made helps us to understand this power the child has of absorbing from his surroundings. There are some insects which look like leaves and other which look like stalks. They pass their lives on leaves and stalks, which they resemble so perfectly as to seem completely one with them. Something like this happen in the child. He absorbs the life going on about him and becomes one with it, just as these insects become one with the vegetation on which they live. The child’s impressions are so profound that a biological or psycho-chemical change takes place, by which his mind ends by resembling the environment itself. Children become like the things they love.

Venomous or Poisonous? Animals & Plants

It’s a common mistake to think that venomous and poisonous mean the same thing. But they don’t! Venom is used to describe a toxin that is delivered with specialized organs by stinging or biting (using stingers, fangs, a proboscis or tentacles). Box jellyfish, scorpions, and saddleback caterpillars are venomous. Venomous animals inject venom into their prey when hunting. Poisonous creatures and plants have a toxin but have no method of delivery. They have to be eaten or touched to be harmful. Poison dart frogs, red spotted newts, and amanitas mushrooms are poisonous. When another animal (or human) eats the poisonous animal or plant, the predator may become ill or even die. Do your children understand the difference between venomous or poisonous animals and plants?

You can teach them the difference using a new Montessori material we’ve just listed in our online store!

Venomous or Poisonous? Animals & Plants

Venomous or Poisonous Plants and Animals by Montessori Print Shop