Sensorial Cards (FP4) A valuable extension of sensorial work is to match the 10 Montessori cylinders, 10 pink tower blocks, and 10 broad stair blocks to these “footprint” cards. These exercises promote visual discrimination and comparison of solids and planes. The cards are of durable and washable rigid vinyl and do not need to be laminated.
Sensorial Labels (T1) This set presents 154 vinyl word labels for attributes of the Montessori sensorial materials, including colors, comparative adjectives, baric tablets, polygons, triangles, taste jars, leaf shapes, geometric solids, and fabrics. The durable, white rigid vinyl labels (3" x 11/8”) are cut from 14 sheets. Labels can be used in dry and wet situations and do not need to be laminated.
Classroom Environment Labels (T2) Reinforce and develop early reading skills with these labels (1" x 3"), which children match to the objects in their environment. The 150 labels name furniture, equipment, utensils, and practical life materials. Labels are of durable vinyl (with blue lettering) and can be used in dry and wet conditions.
Science Labels (T3) This set of 132 vinyl word labels lists objects, actions, results, conditions and tools. Labels are made of durable vinyl (blue lettering) and can be used in dry and wet conditions for classroom science experiments. Labels (3" x 1-1/8”) are cut from 12 sheets.
EARLY PHONICS SYSTEM This organized and flexible early phonics system gives children the practice they need for learning the sounds of the English alphabet. This systematic approach, tested in Montessori classrooms, also aids the teacher in keeping track of each child’s progress. Picture cards and letter cards are in full-color and laminated. Lesson plans are included for each set. Initial Consonants (EP1) 20 consonant letter cards (2" x 2½”) and 150 picture cards (color and laminated, 2¼” x 2½”) are provided in labeled 6 boxes to create 6 different sorting exercises. Each box contains a carefully selected group of consonants that are dissimilar in sound and shape, such as h, s, t. Sort the picture cards according to their initial sound. After sorting, the child repeats the initial sound followed by the name of each picture. The unusually large number of picture cards enables the child to internalize the sound of each initial consonant because the oral repetition reinforces the child’s awareness of that sound in association with the visual letter.
Middle Vowels (EP2) This set of 42 picture cards (color and laminated, 2" x 2½”) introduces the five vowels after work with the Initial Consonants set. The 42 picture cards are divided among 5 boxes labeled a, e, i, o, and u. Cards are laid out and are named. Then each word is spelled out using the Movable Alphabet. This activity is a key preparation for the traditional Object Box One, first reading lesson.
Toddlers Pictures (TP2) Toddlers delight in naming objects, and their next key step is to name objects they see in pictures. This duplicate set of 12 large color photocards (6½” x 6½”) provides a perfect experience for reading readiness, in addition to offering a stimulus for conversation. Many of these simple photographs are larger than life. We suggest hanging one set on a wall at child-height. The second set of cards can be placed in a basket for the toddler to discover and match to the pictures on the wall. The photocards show: balloon, banana, bird, crayons, keys, kitten, glass of juice, plant, sandwich, shoe, socks, and spoon.
Seven Prepositions (L2) This duplicate set of 2-color photocards (2¾” x 4¼”) illustrates the relationship of a ball to a stationary basket: in, on, above, under, beside, behind, in front. Cut one set of cards apart to make a 3-part matching exercise. The Replicard (8½” x 11") is photocopied to make worksheets for the child to label. Completed worksheets are cut apart and stapled together to make a “Where is the Ball?” booklet.
View Points: Young People and Vehicles (VP3) This set of 40 colorful, laminated picture cards (2½” x 2½”) offers a new challenge for 3 and 4 year olds. Instead of matching identical pictures, the child matches two pictures of the same subject, though the subject is in a different position. One group of cards shows 10 children and youngsters in activities such as sports, music, and play. The other group of cards shows 10 vehicles. The diverse subject matter will stimulate discussion and develop oral language skills. Combine cards from both groups to create an initial sorting exercise.
Color Mixing (C2ab) First Exercise – Assemble the color wheel. Stack transparent red, yellow, and blue cards onto the primary color base card to produce the overlapping secondary colors: orange, green and purple. The wheel clearly shows that the color created in between red and blue is purple, between red and yellow is orange, and between yellow and blue is green. Second Exercise – Sort, combine colors, and color three objects. Sort the six transparent primary color-dot cards onto three primary color control cards. Select and combine two transparent primary color-dot cards to make a secondary color. Place those color cards on one of the three picture cards. Repeat this process until the shirt (shown colored here), leaf, and pumpkin have been colored. These 16 cards (4" x 4") are of durable, rigid white and transparent vinyl, and do not need to be laminated.
Colors of the Rainbow (C4) Seeing a rainbow always seems magical. If it appears long enough, its seven bands of colors can be counted. This set makes counting and naming the colors easier. Create a rainbow by stacking 3 transparent, primary-color cards onto a primary-color base card (6" x 4¾”). The overlapping colors produce the 7 colors of the rainbow. Background information is included on how rainbows occur in nature, and how to produce a color spectrum in the classroom.
Daytime/Nighttime (GS8) Eight 2-color picture cards (6½” x 31/8”) portray the activities of a child every three hours through a 24-hour day. Each illustration has a 2-color clock face showing the corresponding time of day or night. Three Replicards (8½” x 11") reproduce the picture cards, but without hands on the clocks. Replicards are photocopied to make worksheets for the child to color, to write the time of day, and to draw hands on the clock. The worksheets can be cut apart and stapled together to make a “Daytime/Nighttime” booklet.
Farm Animal Families (AK4) This set comes with control cards that name and illustrate the mothers, babies, and fathers of farm animal families. The 15 labeled animal picture cards (3” x 3½”) can be matched to their control card, or they can be sorted under five label cards (3” x 4½”): cattle, chickens, horses, pigs, sheep, or under three label cards (9” x 4½”); mother, baby, father. Cards are in full color and laminated. Included is a replicard (8½” x 11"), with outline drawings of the fifteen animals. The replicard is photocopied to make a full-page worksheet for the child to color the animals and to label each family group.
Stripes or Spots (C3) Patterns occur naturally in all forms of life. This set of picture cards (4¾” x 3½”) shows 12 living things, six with stripes and six with spots. Three Replicards (8½” x 11") duplicate each subject, but without their distinctive markings. Photocopy the Replicards to produce quarter-page worksheets. The child completes the worksheets by labeling the subject and coloring in its stripes or spots, using the picture cards for reference.
Everyday Objects (FP5) Develop awareness of the various materials that are used in the manufacture of familiar household objects. This set provides a simple follow-up sorting activity after sensorial exploration of different materials, and draws the child’s attention to five common manufacturing substances. Sort 15 labeled photocards (3¼” x 4”) under 5 label cards: Metal, Wood, Fiber, Plastic, and Ceramic. Picture cards are in full color and laminated.
Number Square Repicards (N2) Three Replicards (8 1/2” x 11”) have ten blank grids representing the square of each number from 1 to 10. Photocopy the Replicards to make worksheets for the child to number.
Prenatal Sequence (GS6) Arrange ten labeled picture cards showing prenatal development in monthly sequence. Cards measure 3" x 4½”.
Growth of a Child Sequence (GS4) Arrange ten labeled picture cards of a boy from newborn to nine years in yearly sequence. Cards measure 2½” x 5¼”; they are in full color and laminated.
Human Life Sequence (GS5) Arrange ten labeled picture cards of a female from newborn to ninety years in decade sequence. Cards measure 2¼” x 5"; they are in full color and laminated.