Monday, March 21, 2011


Ezra asked, "Am I big enough for the number board yet?"

Ender has been using the 100 board to review counting lately, and true to this frequent theme, Ezra insisted that he was ready to use it too. I was fairly certain that he would lose interest after placing a few tiles, but he kept at it through completion!

I started him out the same way I started Ender - with the tiles stacked in groups of tens (1-10, 11-20, etc.) with the numbers in order and a mat underneath that marks where each tile goes.

After he completes the board a few times I'll give him those same stacks of ten but with the numbers out of order, then progress to completing the board without the mat, and eventually with all the tiles mixed. Ender is using the work in that way right now (all 100 tiles mixed) as well as placing tiles counting by 2s,5s, and 10s. I still have a hard time thinking of Ezra as a 3-6 Montessorian- wasn't it just yesterday that he was so small?


  1. I love the number board! I think A would really like that.

  2. We bought ours at It's definitely one of our most used math materials!

  3. Abhinav loves the number board as well. I totally credit it with him knowing all his numbers till 100. He counts them by 100 from 100 to 1000. He loves counting by 10s & 5s as well.


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