Montessori language materials available:
Store Language Cards in Homemade Pouches
Anyone who is familiar with Montessori knows that there are many
cards in the Language area. Between the phonetic language lessons (Pink
Series or Step 1,
the phonograms/blends/digraphs (Green
Series or Step 3),
and the entire Grammar
section, it's hard to know how to store everything, and it's easy to
lose track of all the cards!
We've shown how to store our Pink, Blue, Green Language Series (or Step
1, Step 2, Step 3 Phonics) in this article.
But what about all the extra lessons that don't fit in to those towers?
Or all the cards that can't just be put into small baskets or bins?
Shelf space is usually pretty tight in most well-equipped Montessori
A simple solution is to make pouches to hold the various cards! They can
be sized and color-coded to suit your materials. And, they're
inexpensive to make!
Learn how to prepare Language Pouches
You'll need the following
- file folders (any color)
- scissors or paper cutter (we recommend a paper cutter for
nice, even cuts)
- glue stick (do not use white craft glue)
- laminating pouches
- exacto knife
1. Select a file folder (consider if you want it to be
color-coded for the material)
2. Trim off the label portion.
back to top
3. Turn it sideways (with the crease at the bottom) and cut it so that
it is wide enough for the material.
4. Measure the newly cut file against the cards that will be stored
- leave a minimum of 1 inch on other side
5. Trim the top flap so that the top
section of the cards will be visible.
6. Using the glue stick, glue the
label for the cards on the top flap of the pouch.
7.Place the file pouch in to the
Cover with the 'carrier' file to prepare for the laminator. A 'carrier'
is just like a file folder. The laminating pouch is placed in the
carrier before it's fed through the laminator.
(Please read the instruction manual that came with your laminator to see
if they recommend a 'carrier'. Some laminators are very hot and
will melt, burn, or wrinkle the laminating film if you do not use the
8.Feed through the laminator. When the
pouch has cooled, trim off the excess edges.
- Be sure to leave a ¼ inch of laminating film around all
the edges of the pouch.
9. Using an exacto knife, carefully slice open the pouch area along the
edge of the top flap.
- Be sure that you leave about ½ an inch uncut on either
side of the pouch opening.
- Do not press too hard or you will cut right through the
back side of the pouch!
10. Gently ease open the pouch.
11. Slide your cards inside!