Prepare Montessori 3-Part Cards


A fully prepared Montessori environment is a goldmine of 3-Part Cards. From enrichment of vocabulary in Language to Nomenclature, Art cards, and land and water forms in Geography. Three-Part Cards are found in virtually every area of the Montessori environment. You can learn how to Use Montessori 3-Part Classified Cards, and 3-Part Nomenclature Cards in our tutorials. But before you can use them you need to know how to prepare Montessori 3-Part Cards.

Color-coding is Essential

With so many sets of 3-Part Cards, it's important to keep them organized. You certainly don't want 'farm animals' showing up in the 'land and water forms' set! This can be accomplished by backing the cards on to colored cardstock, or by marking the backs of the cards of each set with a 'code' - either by color, letter, number, shape, etc. It's completely up to the teacher to decide how best to tackle the 'code', however make sure you use something that the children will be able to understand as they're the ones who are suppose to be able to keep the materials in order.

You will find a huge selection of 3-Part Cards in our store and so we want to help make it easier for you to prepare all these cards. There are 3 different ways to prepare the cards. We give you 3 options so that you can decide which is best for your particular environment and child situation (the more children that will be using the cards means they need to be made to endure their use).


Method #1 - Back the picture on to cardstock and leave laminate edge.

This method is best for materials that are going to take years of use by many, many children. It is more time consuming, however the results are well worth it. A 5mil laminating film will ensure a very strong card.














1. Print your file on to regular printer paper.

2. Cut out each card and label (we highly recommend using a paper cutter).

  • use a glue stick (not white craft glue) to adhere your cards and labels on to cut cardstock.
  • leave a nice color border around each edge.



















3. Place your glued cards in to your laminate pouch.

  • be sure to leave adequate space between each card so that the laminate will seal and you can leave an edge of laminate around each card.
















4. Feed the pouch through the laminator and then let it cool.


5. Trim around each card.

  • be sure to leave about a ¼ inch of laminate around each edge of the cards. This will help to ensure the laminate does not open and peel off the card.




















Method #2 - Print the pictures on cardstock and leave a laminate edge.


This method is good for either materials that don't require full color-coding, or for the teacher who wishes to 'code' the cards on the backs of them.














1. Print your file on to cardstock.

  •  we recommend a minimum of 65lb cardstock, but 110lb is best as you are relying on the thickness and durability of it for long use.



2. Cut out each picture card and label.

  •  you can choose to 'code' the set either by colors, shapes, stickers, etc.
  • we've coded this set with a red marker on the back of each card.

 












3. Place your picture cards in to your laminate pouch.

  • be sure to leave adequate space between each card so that the laminate will seal and you can leave an edge of laminate around each card.


















4. Feed the pouch through the laminator and then let it cool.


5. Trim around each card.

  • be sure to leave about a ¼ inch of laminate around each edge of the cards (this will help to ensure the laminate does not open and peel off the card)

















Method #3 - Print the pictures on cardstock, laminate the entire sheet, then trim the cards.


This method is fine for materials that will not be used excessively, or for older children who are more aware of the care and handling of materials. This method does not leave a laminated edge around the cards.













1. Print your file on to cardstock.

  •  we recommend a minimum of 65lb cardstock, but 110lb is best as you are relying on the thickness and durability of it for long use.


2. Place an entire page in to your laminate pouch.















3.Feed the pouch through the laminator and then let it cool.


4. Trim around each card.