Back in April, I ran the introductory post for the Critters And Crayons Opportunity Learner’s Series and I broke down how we had structured our kitchen corner to host Montessori-Style learning materials for the kids to access at any time.
It’s been a busy, busy couple of months, but here is the first part of that series featuring The Hundred Board.
We purchased our Hundred Board via The Montessori Outlet.
But here is a great post by We Can Do All Things that teaches you how to make a Hundred Board yourself!
The picture above was taken several months ago in our kitchen. Our son had taken out The Hundred Board and tiles after lunch.
When the kids take out an activity and work for awhile, but do not complete the activity, we will generally allow the board to stay “as is” on the kitchen floor or table so the kids can come back to their work (or play) when they want to. This differs somewhat from what you’d find in a traditional Montessori environment. The tiles and the board would be put away at the end of the activity.
( If the activity is in the way, or is not attempted for a period of time, the children will put the activity away once they confirm they are not interested in pursuing it further. Unless we are working on a specific lesson for our Summer studies, I do not force them to complete the full Hundred Board activity if it’s pulled out.)
They usually do!
You can see how we were using The Montessori Hundred Board tonight with our four year old pre-school son in this YouTube Video.
When you watch the video, you’ll see that there is room for some fun and humor as your kids use the board.
You might have noticed that the video shows our older daughter showing her brother how to look for number patterns.
One of the aspects I really enjoy watching in Montessori
environments is how
children assume leadership roles
when teaching the younger children
how to do tasks and use materials…
There are many ways to use The Hundred Board in a Montessori classroom or homeschool environment, but we use it for very basic purposes right now as our son is beginning to grasp simple math concepts:
- Number Recognition
- Number Sequencing From 1-10
- Number Pattern Recognition (1, 11,21,31,41,51, etc…)
- Counting By 10s (10,20,30,40,50, etc)
This means that we don’t fixate too much on whether or not he knows all the number names up to 100 just yet.
For instance, tonight, he emplaced all the tiles properly from 1-50 on the board before we finished up our “Summer Bridging” homework.
While his sister and I worked on word endings and high frequency words, he sat quietly matching tiles to the board looking for number patterns.
To not overwhelm him,
I only issued him 10 tiles at time
to work on properly sequencing one row of 10 at a time.
After he completed one row, say 11-20, I issued him the next 10 to match up.
If you’re a trained Montessori Guide, you’ll probably notice that I haven’t done the lesson exactly as you might find it done in a formal video of instruction where the tiles are slid up the proper column slowly and methodically.
I give our son ten tiles out of order and he sorts through them to find the numbers he wants to fit into the patterns on the board.
There IS one thing that has stuck in my mind since speaking with a Montessori Director that I find fascinating and try to remember when working with my kids.
It’s something that doesn’t come naturally to me.
It’s actually very hard for me to remember and implement.
A lot of the interaction between Montessori Guides
and children can seem to be…
and at times,
Our Montessori Director said that Montessori Guides move slowly so kids could see “clear snapshots”. It makes so much sense.
If we are hurried when talking,
something is going to be missed.
It’s not the easiest thing to do
or remember when doing anything “instructional”
as a parent, or otherwise.
Not at all.
The Hundred Board was one of our daughter’s favorite Montessori Materials in the home and I can see our son really enjoys it, too!
This photo was taken over a year ago in our play area….full of lots of conventional toys that she chose to by-pass to “play” with this educational material.
Isn’t Montessori cool?
For more articles about how to use the Hundred Board,
you can check out the following links!