How I would have loved these resources during my years teaching in Montessori schools or in my own homeschool! I still find it amazing that there are so many free Montessori materials available online today. What great resources for parents and teachers alike!
The little experience I had with using free online downloads for teaching was wonderful. I had WAY too much fun during my 2006-07 master’s program in early childhood studies. Because I had completed my B.A. so many years ago (and before the Internet), it was almost magical for me to do much of my research online and find free Montessori materials online to use in my school placement at a day nursery.
With free online downloads, it’s easy to create professional-looking Montessori materials. For school or home use, all that’s needed to prepare most of the materials is paper or cardstock, printer and printer ink, paper cutter or scissors, and lamination (which is preferred but not essential for home use). Montessori Print Shop has some great instructions for preparing Montessori materials.
Following is a listing of sites with free Montessori downloads.
The Pioneers of Free Montessori Printables with Large Collections:
Montessori Print Shop was one of my main sources for free Montessori materials during my school placement. Along with many materials for sale, it has a very nice selection of free Montessori materials, including 8 pages of dinosaur cards like the page in the image.
The Montessori Print Shop also has a surprise download every few weeks. You’ll want to subscribe to the blog or check back often so you won’t miss any of the free surprise downloads.
Montessori for Everyone was another great source of free Montessori downloads for me. The site also has an extensive selection of downloads for sale, both at the preschool and elementary levels.
Montessori Materials was started to help homeschool moms and has a wide selection of free downloads (the downloads with purple links).
Wikisori encourages collaboration among Montessorians and has a wealth of free information and downloads.
Montessori Mom has another extensive collection, and everything offered through the site is free.
ETC Montessori has had free PDF downloads and support materials for a number of years.
Free Montessori Printables from around the Blogosphere (organized alphabetically by my computer):
1+1+1=1 has a section of free Montessori printables.
Anjum Husain created some great three-part cards on zoology, the solar system, occupations, land & water forms, continents, and the human body.At Home with Montessori has some lovely Inside Outside Fruit Cards.
Chestnut Grove Academy has many free printables, including some some created to go with Safari Ltd. TOOBS.
E & O Montessori has free pink and blue picture word cards and labels.
Förskoleburken has a free extension of the knobless cylinders.
Free Montessori Resources has a number of resources for both primary and elementary.
Homeschool Escapade has some wonderful free geometry, math, and English Montessori downloads.
Inspired by Montessori has a number of free downloads that work well for child at the elementary level.
Laughing Star Montessori has some materials for purchase, but it also has some free downloads.
Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs has a number of free Montessori printables, including sea shells, stacks of flora and fauna, sense organ anatomy cards, botany magnetic charts, and cosmic history materials.
Livable Learning has many free Montessori downloads along with downloads available for purchase.
Montessori Album has a page of free printables.
Montessori by Ayashy has Penguins of Antarctica cards, Pink Tower Extension Sample, Various Shapes for Sorting, and Knobless Cylinders Extension Sample.
Montessori for Learning has a whole page of free Montessori printables.
Montessori Helper has free materials available by registering along with materials available for purchase.
Montessori MOMents has farm animal families 3-part cards and object box worksheets.
One Hook Wonder has a number of free Montessori downloads as well as some printable songs and finger plays. (See link in right sidebar at One Hook Wonder.)
Temple of Ganesha Montessori has an upper elementary unit on leaves available in a free download.
The Helpful Garden has a page filled with free Montessori printables.
The Homeschool Den has a page of free downloads, including some lovely U.S. Landmarks and Symbols 3-part cards.Along with other printables, Tired, Need Sleep has a number of Montessori 3-part cards.Training Happy Hearts has a number of free Montessori-inspired printables.
Walk Beside Me has many free downloads.
What DID We Do All Day? has a page with free downloads.
Free Montessori Printables Found in More Than One Language:
2 Pequeños Traviosos has free printables, some in English and some in Spanish.
Leptir has a page of free downloads. Many of the materials are in Croatian, but the lines for cutting paper and some of the other activities work for any language.
Montessori en el Hogar has Spanish elementary Montessori printables.
Montessori Materials (a Swedish blog) has Montessori printables in Swedish, some in English, and some without words.
Z lesa has some Montessori materials in English and Czech. Some of the printables can be used without words.
Free Montessori Albums and Lesson Plans:
American Montessori Consulting has Montessori unit studies.
Cultivating Dharma has Montessori elementary albums.
Maitri Learning has free audio MP3 files and PDF files, many of which are presentation directions and planning/record-keeping forms for adults.
Miss Barbara has lesson ideas and links for the Great Lessons.
Mondorfment has links to 6-9 elementary Montessori albums.
Monteaco has math and culture albums for 3-6 and 5 albums and the Great Lessons for 6-9.
Montessori Album has a growing collection of Montessori lessons.
Montessori Helper has some free Montessori lessons.
Shu-Chen Jenny Yen has free online albums for 3-6.
Wikisori also has Montessori albums.
I always give Karen Tyler from World Wide Montessori Online’s wonderful AMS-style Montessori geography album and Mom Bloggers Talk Montessori: Favorite Ideas and Activities eBook free to anyone who signs up for my mailing list (see sidebar). Thanks, Karen, mom blogger contributors, and John Bowman! I also have free 3-Part Recycle Cards.
NAMC’s Montessori 3-6 Homeschool has a free download containing a number of activities and lesson plans. Here’s my post with more information and a link to the Friendship Flower Activities.
I’m also updating the post as I find new free Montessori materials online!
Do you have a favorite free online Montessori download or source for free downloads?