When you start to be interested by the Montessori education, you will come across many Montessori…
3 parts cards also called classified pictures or nomenclature are a staple in the Montessori classroom.
For a new teacher or an eager parent, finding or making those cards can be time consuming and overwhelming.
If you want to make them yourself, you may want to read my blog post about how to make them here.
But first, are the 3 parts cards necessary?
The cards can be used for:
The main purpose is to enrich the child’s vocabulary. It’s a key to understand how the world functions. It shows how animals and plants are related to each other or not related, it shows what is the same, what is different. It helps the child to order his environment.
It is obviously a more abstract material than real experience and hands-on material.
For example, an experience at the farm would be more concrete than classifying the farm’s animals with 3 parts cards.
However, you can explore any subject that your child is interested in with classified cards and extend your child’s knowledge, following a real-life experience.
This material is an aid for the classification of the environment.
For the children from 3 to 6, as they are in a period where they want to classify and order, those materials will respond to their needs to organize their impressions of the world.
I don’t believe you need to print cards for every subject that exists.
As always, follow your child’s lead.
They are also all the “classic” Montessori cultural activities such as classifying by continents, the difference between living and non-living things, what lives on Earth, in the Sky or in the Water, the parts of the animal’s cards and the life cycles of animals or plants.
This is a non-exhausting list but a good starting point.
Sometimes I also print pictures because it’s easier than finding a book with real pictures.
In language, you could also print the pink series to start with.
My main advice is not to get obsessed with printable documents and not to attempt to print them all.
Observe your child, and print as you go. Some children will love 3 parts cards. Others will not be interested until they are way older.
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Each link will send you directly to the free documents section even if it’s an online shop.
This is a totally free collection of printable documents including the language series.
This blog is not updated anymore but she has the most amazing collection of continent cards, landmarks of the world, animals of the world and planets cards too. She made beautiful felted material for her little boy and the website includes all the patterns to make your own felted material. I am not that crafty but I use the cards.
A classic website, around for many years with many printable of all kind and all FREE.
As the name says, it’s an online shop but there is a great collection of free documents.
25 free bundle + 1 free from time to time otherwise it’s a shop.
A goldmine for Montessori but a bit overwhelming too. The cutting strips are for me one of the best FREE printable on that website. You have them all here. The link will send you directly to the cutting strips.
I love this free printable from I believe in Montessori. The pictures are stunning. I believe in Montessori has many printable to buy too.
This blog has a huge collection of Free printable, including many life cycles cards and animal habitats that I love. She also has many printable to buy too.
Teachers pay teachers is a great website too. Search Montessori and click FREE and you will have plenty. (click on the link to go straight to the search, all done for you!). I really like the Dinosaur cards, the matching shapes cards and the parts of the flower nomenclature.
Many free nomenclature cards here. I really like the parts of the tree cards. It is also a shop and I bought many bundles from here.
Maybe add this blog post to your favourites to keep as a reference and to avoid to lose yourself on the web.
You can follow my Pinterest board here. I make sure I add only FREE printables on this board and I double check regularly to make sure each pin is still available.
Carine Robin is a a mother of 2 children. She raises them the Montessori way. Originally from Belgium where she worked as a child psychologist for several years, Carine spent 6 years in Ireland before settling in in the UK. She qualified as a Montessori teacher 10 years ago and has since worked as Montessori teacher and preschool manager. She founded Montessori-family in 2011 to provide opportunities for parents to discover Montessori. She believes that it’s truly possible to implement the Montessori ideas at home to make your house and family life welcoming to your child, her needs and her thrive for independence. She offers parents & babies classes, toddlers playgroups; Montessori home designs, one to one support, parenting classes and online courses.
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