Sunday, September 19, 2010

Learning to Tell the Time

Welcome to the September Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival.

The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is "Maths", which isn't just about counting! Our bloggers have written about games, materials, memory, shapes, graphs and more. Check out the links at the bottom to find some other great posts on Maths.


Is it just me, or does it seem a lot of kids (and consequently some adults) are not able to tell the time on an analogue watch?  I'm not sure if its being old-fashioned on my part, but I think its quite important to be able to read an analogue watch or clock (also to understand 24 hour time as well, but that's not what I'm writing about today).  My sons just had their 4th and 5th birthdays, and we bought them a watch each as one of their gifts.  They just looove them and think they are so grown up having their own watch. 

When a child learns to tell the time on their own, it seems to give them more of a comprehension of the sequence of the day,  the process also involves recognition of numbers, number sequences, counting, general numeracy, and even starts the brain thinking about addition of numbers.

Here are some free and low cost learning time ideas I have found:
  • Apple has an iphone application to help pre-school age children tell the time on an analogue clock! How cool is that!
  • There are heaps of books available to help children learn to tell the time.  One of our favorites at the moment about time is "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle.  My five year old is enjoying reading it himself, and telling the time on each page (remember to hire from the library if you don't want to buy).  
  • You can find heaps of free online computer games, worksheets, and tutorials for learning to tell the time.
  • There is heaps of fantastic (and good value) resources for parents and teachers at Kids Learning is Fun for learning time.
And the most important thing I am finding at the moment is just repetition over and over again with your child about how to tell the time - What is the short hand pointing to?  What is the long hand pointing to?  How many minutes in an hour? Etc etc.  It can be quite a complicated thing for a child to get their head around, so lots of patience and encouragement go a long way too!

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Please take the time to visit the other participants and check out their posts on "Maths."
  • Marita at Stuff With Thing writes about meal time maths with the help of our dinner table centrepiece and other food related maths fun :)
  • AmandaB at HomeAge talks about numbers, shapes and sizes, who knew that nested building blocks could be so much more fun than just building them up and knocking them down!
  • For Cass at Schooling Choices the car is one of her favorite learning tools. She thinks you could teach a child almost everything they needed to know about Math without ever leaving the car.
  • Deb at Science@home let her kids raid the chocolate to measure and compare with scales and graphs.
  • Backyard Safari is a right-brained person who spent a lifetime struggling with math, but comes to see the light through the wonder of nature.
  • SMMART Ideas is another food learner, estimating with beans, noodles and cereal...and getting a little number writing practice in there too!
  • For Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey, learning to tell the time is an important part of learning for a child, and it incorporates areas of Maths such as number recognition, counting, sequences and general numeracy.
  • Narelle at A Bunch of Keys has a simple sorting activity that can be done with young children using things found around the home.
  • Colin at Super Parents is writing about the discipline of maths, memory, and recall at 7 years old.
  • Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now loves all the Montessori math materials. But there’s one material she says is absolutely brilliant.
  • Miss Carly from Early Childhood Resources has a range of different mathematics activities that you can play with your children of all age groups!
  • Ash from Mm is for Me has been having some number fun for little learners!
  • The Planning Queen at Planning With Kids has games to teach number recognition to preschoolers - so they don't know you're doing it!
  • Julie at Works For Me Homemaking says it might surprise you to know that maths is heavily reliant on language. Here is a brief discussion of some of the "language" of maths and why children struggling with language development may find maths difficult.

Thanks for visiting our carnival, we hope you find some interesting new blogs.


SMMART ideas said...

GREAT reminder, to make sure my child is fluent in analogue watch telling. We have the "Grouchy Ladybug" too,...better pull it out again.

homeage said...

Our main clock is an analogue, and we made sure that Princess had ne in her room too. She also has a little wooden "calender" which she likes to update the date, season and weather on that has an analogue clock on it to, so this gets changed each time she looks at it :)

Will have to get "The Grouchy Ladybug". We have never read that one :)

PlanningQueen said...

Repetition is certainly a key to help kids telling the time We are just focusing on the o'clocks and half past with my preschooler at the moment. When I remember, each time the clock gets to this point on our analogue clock, I ask him to tell me the time. He loves that he knows how to tell the time! We will move on to quarter past next.

Deb Chitwood said...

Great idea to focus on teaching time with an analogue clock! Many children tend to feel intimidated when they see analogue clocks otherwise. I enjoyed using hands-on materials and books for teaching time. The Grouchy Ladybug was always a popular book. We had also found some rather obscure bargain books when my children were young – such as the Moon Bird and Brindle Bear books – that made learning to tell time a fun activity.

Julie said...

Nice reminder about analogue clocks. Your kids are probably a bit old for it now, but "Playschool" has been our first introduction to telling time. My daughter (2 years) really has no idea about numbers but she can imitate "the big hand is pointing to the 12, so it is something o'clock!" said...

Our main clock is analogue because we have so many blackouts! The big girl loves telling the time, it's something she's just got into recently and we've been looking at hours. Plus we have certain alarms that go off every day to remind us about things like getting ready for school or getting dinner ready, we try to remember to look at the clock when they go off so she can see what time it is. said...

We are working with our speech therapist and use picture schedules to help Heidi learn about yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Time is tricky when you have no concept of things being in the past or future. To Heidi everything feels immediate. Just this morning she was in tears over something that happened at school weeks ago. Her memory of it felt like right now.

I've got an adult friend with Aspergers who can not tell time on an analogue clock because she finds it visually confusing. So much information on the clock face that she finds it distressing. :(

We have analogue clocks all over our house and try to work with Annie my oldest about time. Interestingly Annie likes a clock ticking in her bedroom to help her sleep.

miss carly said...

I just finished teaching the children analogue and digital times at school. For me, I feel that the analogue time is extremely important!