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

New Printable Banana and Pineapple Nomenclature Cards and Books

Printable Banana and Pineapple Nomenclature Cards and Books

It’s been a little nippy here in our neck of the woods …. with the wind chill it feels like -18 Celsius today! So we thought it would be fun to create some new tropical materials that will help us think of warmer weather.

We chose 2 fruits that the children would find interesting, both in the nomenclature and the life cycle. These fruits are also readily available to purchase so that you can bring the real fruit to the children to see, touch, and taste in real life while they learn from the printed cards. It’s an excellent way to enrich their learning experience.

Remember, all of our nomenclature is available in both color accents, and red accents. The Life Cycles are listed in both sections as they are created with full color photography.

To help you learn how to use Montessori Nomenclature properly, we’ve written tutorials on How to Use Nomenclature, Bind a Nomenclature Book, Store Nomenclature, and Store Black-line Masters.

Now on to the new materials for Jan 2015.

Banana Life Cycle Nomenclature Cards and ChartsBanana Life Cycle Nomenclature Cards

Banana Life Cycle Nomenclature BookBanana Life Cycle Nomenclature BookBanana Plant Nomenclature CardsBanana Plant Nomenclature CardsBanana Plant Nomenclature BookBanana Plant Nomenclature BookBanana Nomenclature CardsBanana Nomenclature Cards

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Pineapple Life Cycle Nomenclature Cards & ChartsPineapple-Life-Cycle-Cards2-L

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Pineapple Plant Nomenclature CardsPineapplePlantCds-L

Pineapple Plant Nomenclature BookPineapplePlantBK-L

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New – Montessori Nomenclature with Red Accents

Great News! We’ve completed all 217 sets of Montessori Nomenclature in red accents. So now all nomenclature is available in both color accents and red accents.

AMI schools tend to use the red accent nomenclature cards and books. The red isolates each part without any distraction of various colors or shades. Our nomenclature cards are formatted in a 3-part card series and include 1 card with a label, 1 card without a label, and 1 label for each part of nomenclature. A black-line master is included so that the children can create their own booklet once they have learned all the parts.

Montessori Nomenclature Cards with red accents

Some of the nomenclature also has a book available that illustrates and describes the various parts that are shown in the cards. The books are typically introduced once the children are familiar with the nomenclature cards and are showing interest in the finer details of a subject.

Montessori Nomenclature-Book with red accent

On our website we offer tutorials on how to prepare 3-part cards, Bind a Booklet, store black-line masters, store Nomenclature Cards and Books, and most importantly – How to Use Montessori Nomenclature.

To get you started on your new red nomenclature cards and books we’re offering you a great deal: Save 20% on all Red Nomenclature Cards! Valid Nov 14 – Nov 28, 2014.

MPS-Red_Card_Sale_Nov_2014The coupon is only valid on Nomenclature with red accents. Use this link to apply the 20% OFF discount code directly to your shopping cart


New Montessori Materials, Coupon Code, Free Geography Passports

Free Geography Passport for Children

It’s been a busy month here at MPS! Lots of New Materials have been completed this month. As always, you can find them in our online store.

Some of our favorite brand new Nomenclature (in a 3-part card format):printable Montessori NomenclatureAnd finally (because so many of you have asked over the years),  Elementary Language Key Experiences (presentations and printable extension lessons):

Elementary Language Key ExperiencesHere is a 20% OFF Coupon Code: OctThanks2014 (link applies the coupon directly to your shopping cart). The code is valid until Oct 31, 2014 (11:59pm EDT).

Sale at Montessori Print Shop
We’ve recently made some revisions to our FREE Geography Passport. There are now 3 versions of it – to be more accommodating for younger children who do not have the skills to fill in the full version. Visit our Free Downloads page to get those various files.

Free Printable Geography Passport for Continent Studies


Did you get our 20% OFF “Gotta Have It” Coupon Code?

If you’ve not signed up for our Newsletters, or checked in with us on Facebook lately, then you’ve probably not received our 20% OFF “Gotta Have It” Coupon Code.

It’s now a few weeks into the new school year. You’ve had a chance to settle in your classroom and get to know your students. Perhaps you’ve found their interests lie in topics that you weren’t expecting or aren’t prepared for. Is your budget a little slim after all your back to school shopping, but you’re desperate for more materials? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Our “Gotta Have It” Coupon Code will save you 20% OFF everything (including New and Sale items).

A few New Items this month include Life Cycle of the Sea Turtle Cards and Book:Sea Turtle Life Cycle Nomenclature Cards and ChartsBy The Sea Cutting StripsByTheSeaCut_Strips-L

By The Sea Pin-Poke & CuttingBy The Sea Pin-Poke and CuttingChicken Life Cycle Cards and BookChickenLC-L This link will apply the 20% OFF directly to your shopping cart, or use GHISept2014 at checkout. Valid until Sept 30, 2014.


Elementary Nomenclature Giveaway

Elementary Nomenclature Giveaway

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer with family and friends. As the summer progresses we’re sure you’re starting to think about the beginning of the new school year and all of the wonderful new materials you plan on adding to your classroom.

Some of the new materials available in our store:

US State FlowersUS State Flowers

Addition Snake Game CardsMontessori Addition Snake Game Cards

And did you download the FREE printable we listed in June? It’s a fun set of 3-part cards that highlights 14 different marsupials. It’s a great starting point for children who are interested in marsupials. You can download it here (if it doesn’t download properly, try another browser: IE, Chrome, etc).

FREE Marsupial 3-Part CardsMarsupials 3-part cardsFor those of you who are new to MPS, you can download over 60+ free Montessori printables on our Free Downloads page.

We’ve also begun a selection of Elementary Nomenclature. What’s the difference between the Elementary Nomenclature and the Primary Nomenclature? The Primary Nomenclature is offered as 3-part cards with each “part” highlighted in color or in red. This helps bring each “part” to the attention of the children without distraction.The materials also include a black-line master so that the children can color, label, and create their own nomenclature booklet.

primary Montessori chicken nomenclature

The Elementary Nomenclature is formatted to a black and white letter-sized page with all of the “parts” labeled (usually more parts are identified than with the Primary Nomenclature). Another page comes with lines but no labels. And yet a third page comes without lines or labels – giving the child the freedom to label, color, or make notations as desired. We’ve also included 1 page of 4 smaller black-line masters for children who still wish to make a booklet as they did in the Primary classroom.

Elementary Nomenclature


We’d like to help you out with some new materials by hosting a giveaway! We now have 9 Elementary Nomenclature materials available and we’re going to give them away to 2 lucky winners. All materials come in pdf file format – you download the file and print it as needed.

Win 9 sets of Elementary Montessori Nomenclature. Open World-Wide - July 8 to July 15, 2014Included in this Giveaway are the following Elementary Nomenclature files:

  1. chicken
  2. cow
  3. duck
  4. goat
  5. honey bee
  6. horse
  7. pill bug
  8. rabbit
  9. sheep

Remember, there will be 2 winners. Once the mandatory entry is completed you will have access to additional entries (some of which are available each day).
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Win 38 sets of printable Montessori Nomenclature Cards

Win 38 sets of printable Montessori Nomenclature Cards

Happy summer holidays to those of you who have already wrapped up your school year! Take a breath, enjoy the sunshine and time with your families.

Did you read our June Newsletter? Check it out.

As you know, the summer will pass quickly and it’s important to do some prep work for the next school year. We’re going to help you out by giving away 38 sets of Nomenclature Cards (Bundle 1 and Bundle 2) that has a retail value of $89.07 in our store.


Bundle 1 includes 16 sets of different nomenclatureOther Nomenclature Bundle 1 Each of the parts are offered in a 3-part card format (learn how to use nomenclature) and are illustrated in full color. 3-part colored nomenclature cards

Sample of what’s included in Bundle 1Montessori Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print ShopOther-Cards-2-500Other-Cards-3

Bundle 2 includes 22 sets of 3-part cards:Other Nomenclature Bundle 2

Sample of what’s included in Bundle 2Other Nomenclature Cards Bundle 2-1Other Nomenclature Cards Bundle 2-2Other Nomenclaure Cards Bundle 2-3So how do you win these 2 fantastic Nomenclature Bundles? Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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Free Montessori Computer Nomenclature Cards

The September Freebie is now available for download! Please remember that you have to visit our Free Montessori Downloads page (at the bottom of the Free page) in order to download it – you’re not able to download it through our shopping site.

Free Montessori Computer Nomenclature Cards

Includes 8 parts of the computer in a 3-part card format: computer, monitor, screen, central processing unit, keyboard, mouse, microphone, and speakers. Also includes a black-line master that can be used to create a booklet.

Free Computer Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Free Computer Nomenclature Cards

We also have information on how to use Montessori 3-Part Cards that will help those of you who are not familiar with this type of material.

New Montessori Nomenclature Materials and Savings

If you missed our latest newsletter then you’ve not heard about our new Nomenclature or received our 15% Coupon Code. So here is a recap:

New printable Montessori Materials

Animal Cell Nomenclature Cards and Book
Animal Cell Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Animal Cell Nomenclature Cards

Animal Cell Nomenclature Book by Montessori Print Shop

Animal Cell Nomenclature Book

Bacterial Cell Nomenclature Cards and Book
Bacterial Cell Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Bacterial Cell Nomenclature Cards

Bacterial Cell Nomenclature Book by Montessori Print Shop

Bacterial Cell Nomenclature Book

Plant Cell Nomenclature Cards and Book

Plant Cell Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Plant Cell Nomenclature Cards

Plant Cell Nomenclature Book by Montessori Print Shop

Plant Cell Nomenclature Book

Neuron Nomenclature Cards and Book

Neuron Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Neuron Nomenclature Cards

Neuron Nomenclature Book by Montessori Print Shop

Neuron Nomenclature Book

Dicot Root Nomenclature Cards and Book

Dicot Root Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Dicot Root Nomenclature Cards

Dicot Root Nomenclature Book by Montessori Print Shop

Dicot Root Nomenclature Book

Monocot Root Nomenclature Cards and Book

Monocot Root Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Monocot Root Nomenclature Cards

Monocot Root Nomenclature Book by Montessori Print Shop

Monocot Root Nomenclature Book

Sale of Printable Montessori Materials

We’ve extended our 15% OFF coupon code. It’s now valid to the end of September 27, 2013.

Coupon code:  SEPTSAVEblog
(click the link and the coupon code will be applied to your shopping cart)

Save 20% On Printable Montessori Materials

Here in Canada, Montessori teachers are busy preparing materials, setting up classrooms, and wondering just how long it will take for their classroom to “normalize” once school starts after the Labour Day holiday (yes, here in Canada we spell Labour with a ‘u’).

Save on printable Montessori materials from Montessori Print Shop

To help you out with your back to school prep, we’ve created a coupon code that will save you 20% OFF everything! Valid August 23 to August 30, 2013.

Coupon Code: BTSAug2013 will save you 20% OFF

Use this coupon link to apply the code directly to your shopping cart (pretty handy isn’t it!). So take advantage and get busy filling those shelves with inspiring materials!

New printable Montessori materials

It’s the perfect time to add some of our new items to your shelves.

Forms of Energy: Printable Chart & Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Forms of Energy: Printable Chart & Cards

Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion

Newton's Laws of Motion by Montessori Print Shop

Newton’s Laws of Motion

Atom Nomenclature Cards

Atom Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Atom Nomenclature Cards

Atom Nomenclature Book by Montessori Print Shop

Atom Nomenclature Book

Happy shopping, happy prep, and happy new school year!