How To Use Montessori Nomenclature

Nomenclature is defined as "a system for giving names to things within a particular profession or field".

Montessori Nomenclature is an excellent way for children to learn new vocabulary. Nomenclature can be made about anything the children are interested in it. Our nomenclature covers botany, zoology, and others (health, sciences, etc.). Our nomenclature comes in two parts: 3-part card format and book format.

A few of the Montessori Botany Nomenclature we have

Montessori Botany Nomenclature by Montessori Print Shop

Our 3-part card format means each part of the object you're learning about has 1 labeled card, 1 card without a label, and 1 label.

Parts of a Ladybug Nomenclature Cards - by Montessori Print Shop

The book has a page for each part of the object you're learning about.  A short description of the part is on the opposite page.

Parts of a Ladybug Nomenclature Book by Montessori Print Shop


How To Use Montessori Nomenclature

Period 1: Identify the parts (start with 3 cards). Lay the first picture card on the table and say, "This is a ladybug," Have the child repeat the name after you. Lay down the next card - "This is the elytra." Then, "These are the spots." Once all three cards have been identified, review them one last time by pointing to each one and saying the name, making sure the child repeats each.

 Identifying the parts of a ladybug in a 3-period lesson


Period 2: Recognition and Association. Re-arrange the cards and ask the child for a specific part. "Can you show me the spots?" "Can you place the elytra here?" (pointing to a spot on the table). Re-arrange the cards again and ask for each part, or have the child manipulate their order ("Can you place the ladybug beside the spots?"). You can have the child close their eyes while you re-arrange the cards again. Request the cards again, ensuring the child repeats the names clearly and properly. 


This period is much longer than the first to extend the handling and movement of the cards. This handling, movement, and repetition increases their memory and will solidify their recognition of the names. Many variations can be used in the second period that will hold a child's interest. The movement will make the lesson more attractive and help the child be successful, so be creative!



Period 3: Recall. Place the three cards back in front of the child. Point to the first card and ask, "What is this?" Repeat with the second and third cards.


This is the 'testing' period. It is, in fact, the very first time you have asked the child to verbally recall the names of the parts. It is important to proceed to this period only if you feel the child will be successful. If the child cannot recall the name of the parts, give the name again and casually end the lesson without making the child feel as though they've failed.


If the child is successful and is still interested, continue with the next three parts. Repeat until all of the cards have been taught.


If the child is reading, they can use the labels to identify the parts. Have the child read a label and place it below the picture card. They can use the card with the label attached (the control card) to check their labeling work.


Ladybug Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop


The child can then use the blackline master to color in each "part" and label them if they are able. If they need help, you can write the labels for them. Put the colored and labeled blackline masters together, and the child now has a booklet with all the ladybug parts.


Blackline Master of the Ladybug by Montessori Print Shop


Once the child knows all the parts, you can introduce them to the book. Depending on the child's reading ability, you may have to read it all to them, or they can read portions themselves.


Ladybug Nomenclature Book by Montessori Print Shop