7 Products to Teach Kids to Tell Time

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Daylight Savings time begins today in most states in the United States. So, there’s no better time to discuss how to teach kids about time.

Telling time is an essential skill but there’s no point in trying to teach kids to read an analog clock before children can count to 60. In addition, they should know the direction the rotating hands of the clock clockwise before teaching an analog clock.

Here is the best description on how to teach kids tell time I found online on wikiHow.

1. Make sure the child can count to 60. Trying to teach the minutes in an hour before the child can count that high will be discouraging for the child and unproductive for both of you.

2. Teach the 5 times tables. Understanding 5…10…15…20…etc. will make it much easier to conceptualize the minute hand on a clock.

3. Get a large clock with big hands. A clock with no glass or plastic cover and easily maneuverable hands will be the most approachable to work with.

4. Explain that the short hand is the hour hand. Keeping the minute hand at 12, move the hour hand to various positions on the clock. Explain that any time the minute hand is exactly over the 12, it is __ o’clock. Allow the child to move the hour hand around until (s)he is comfortable reading it.

5. Explain that the long hand is the minute hand. Keeping the hour hand stationary, move the minute hand around and explain what each position means to the child. Start by covering the 5-minute marks; once they understand those, progress to the “off” numbers like 12 and 37. Allow the child to move the minute hand around and practice reading it until (s)he is comfortable. Don’t worry about hours for the time being.

6. Demonstrate how to read the hour and minute hand together. Start with simple times (ex. 1:30, 4:45, 8:05) before moving on to more complicated ones (ex. 2:37, 12:59) – especially ones with overlapping hands (ex. 1:05).

7. Allow the child to quiz you. This will give him/her confidence and a sense of control while simultaneously getting in another form of practice.

8. Quiz the child. Always be sure to do this after he or she has mastered the concepts as an encouragement technique.

7 Great Products to Teach Time:

Telling Time: How to Tell Time on Digital and Analog Clocks

Time isn’t an easy concept for kids to grasp, but young readers will delight in learning all about it with the fun and lively lessons in Telling Time. Exploring what time is and discovering why we need to tell time, young readers certainly learn more than ‘the big hand is on the one and the little hand is on the two’. With the help of a whole lot of clocks, a dash of humor, and a few familiar circumstances, learning to tell time is a lot of fun. It’s about time. With Megan Halsey’s fresh, fun, and playful illustrations, telling time is a breeze. Imaginative digital and analog clocks adorn page after page with cuckoos, in the shape of boats, with alarm bells, and more.

Fisher-Price Fun-2-Learn Teaching Clock

The Fisher Price Fun 2 Learn clock helps children tell time on both analog and digital clocks. This clock is best suited for young toddlers and it’s construction will handle their rough usage and play. The Fisher Price Fun 2 Learn Clock makes learning fun and easy with fun childlike voices that hold a child’s attention. The Fisher Price Fun 2 Learn clock teaches a child how to tell time on both the hour and half hour.

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Learning Resources Write and Wipe Demonstration Clock

This write-on, wipe-off clock makes teaching six-year-old children and older easy. Help kids learn to tell time with this easy-to-read clock. This clock makes it easy to teach both analog and digital time while assessing student learning. This heavy-duty laminated clock has movable plastic hands and a place to write the digital time

Teach the Time Clock Game

Learn counting, colors, shape recognition and how to tell time! This game is a puzzle and a game with 3 levels of play. Self-correcting spaces reinforce the position of every piece. Move the red hour hand to the correct number rolled on the red die. Next rotate the blue minute hand to the correct minute space. Take the piece out and flip it over to check to see if the minute piece matches what was rolled on the blue minute die.

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Melissa and Doug Turn and Tell Wooden Clock

For learning how to read a clock and tell time, there is no substitute for the hands-on learning this play clock provides. As the little and big hands make their way around the clock face, the numeric readout adjusts automatically, allowing children to clearly see how the moving hands of a clock signify changing time. The digital window can also be hidden with a simple slide closure, allowing children to increase the challenge when they are ready. And the detailed clock face—including color-coded hours, minutes, and segments to signify “quarter past” and “half past”—allows children and caregivers to approach the language of time-telling in numerous ways, encouraging discussion and mastery.

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The Learning Journey Telly The Teaching Time Clock

Let Telly The Teaching Time Clock help children three-years-old and older learn to tell both analog and digital time using two quiz modes. In the learning mode, Telly teaches time in five minute increments when his hands are moved, updating his LCD screen. In the quiz mode, Telly asks children to move the hands on his face to match the time displayed on his screen. Telly is also a real working clock. Learning to tell time has never been so much fun. Requires three ‘AA’ batteries (included).

LEGO Time Teacher Minifigure Link Buildable Watch, Constructible Clock and Activity Cards

The LEGO Time Teacher is the perfect teaching aid to help children begin to learn the time. The pack includes all the tools needed to make learning the time fun and easy including a Classic LEGO minifigure link watch, a constructible demonstration clock and a set of illustrated time teaching activity cards. The LEGO Time Teacher provides an enjoyable learning experience by allowing children to build the clock and watch pieces and use the activity cards to set and learn hand movements. The buildable watch means children can continue their learning on the go.

Resources:
Dositey – http://www.dositey.com
Pitara – http://www.pitara.com
Milkshake – http://www.five.tv
Time for Time – http://www.time-for-time.com
Lil EFingers – http://www.lil-fingers.com
Telling time without a clock
Harvard – http://hea-www.harvard.edu/ECT/Daymarks/
Journey North – http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/BioClock.html

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