Montessori in a Minute: The Hundred Board
The Montessori approach emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning, and the Hundred Board is an excellent example of this. This engaging tool is a grid board with one hundred squares, typically made of wood or plastic.
The board encourages children to explore the board and develop their understanding of numbers and numerical order through tactile experiences. They can touch, move, and manipulate the tiles to create patterns and sequences,
The Value of the Hundred Board
Montessori classrooms use the Hundred Board for counting exercises. Children count the tiles from 1 to 100, either by placing the tiles on the board or by pointing to each tile while counting aloud. This exercise helps embed number recognition and reinforces the order of numbers.
Skip counting is another important concept that the Hundred Board supports. Children can practice skip counting by placing tiles on specific numbers, such as every fifth or tenth tile. This helps them understand multiplication and division and lays the foundation for more advanced math concepts.
The Hundred Board also shows visual patterns created by moving the tiles arithmetically when adding and subtracting, and helps demonstrate how one creates sums and differences.
The Montessori in a Minute Series
The Montessori In A Minute series regularly explores the unique benefits of Montessori philosophy, its fundamental materials, and areas of the classroom. For all parents at Hudson Montessori School (Jersey City, New Jersey), the school hosts several Parent Education Nights a year to learn about the Montessori method and how the students learn curriculum components using a Montessori framework.
Please contact us to learn more about Hudson Montessori School's interdisciplinary, theme-based learning approach to education, the Montessori philosophy and methodology, or how the school fosters the love of learning for children aged 2 to eighth grade.