Monday, December 14, 2009

The Hundred Board That's Worth Trillions To Me

X, the boy whom I wrote about in a previous post, Persevering with PDD; has been responding more and more to calming by counting. So I thought of introducing the Hundred Board and see if he can muster enough calm and concentration to get him through 1-100.

As expected, at first I had to constantly bring his attention back to his work. But X only needed me to say "Let's do the next one" or "What's next" from 1-30. After that, he made the Hundred Board seem like it's worth trillions to me when he did 31-100 without any prompting from me! The next day, he took the board out again; and this time did the whole work all by himself!

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and
you help them become what they are capable of becoming." - Goethe

Worth more than anything, X was very proud of his work, exclaiming "I did it!" and pointing to what he has accomplished to every person who happened to pass by.

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure
is the happiness of the child.” - Maria Montessori


  1. Wow! That is really amazing! I love you quotes with it, as well!
    Keeping him on task just by your proximity, your calm voice...helping him to stay focused. Voila! I can see by his smile he is quite pleased with himself....and yes...he DID do it.
    I got the shivers just reading your post. I have worked with kids with these diagnosis as well.....excellent!

  2. The Hundred Board is now on the iPad as well! It looks exactly like the real Montessori materials.

    Now he can do the hundred board in the car while on a long trip!


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