Telling Time and Time Management is a major key to independent learning. Learning to set a schedule, and keep it, is important skill that needs nurturing. (Slide show provides a 2013 To-Do list for students.)
Young children are simply not conscious of time. Parents tell them when to eat, get dressed, play and read. Time is managed for them, is something not thought of. Before your children can manage time they need to learn to tell time, both with a digital and an analog clock. New Year’s Eve is the perfect day to begin the process of learning to tell time. The whole process of teaching a child to tell time may take days or even weeks depending on each child.
However, you can give your child an authentic reason to tell time by allowing them to be the “official” family time keeper as you celebrate the end of 2012 and welcome 2013.
For breakfast a small gift of an old watch of yours, a new watch of their own, or a toy clock will help your child visualize and practice telling time New Year’s Eve. As well as a memory of your families holiday.
Your child will need a little information before they can begin.
1. Explain to your child that the short hand shows the hours, the long hand shows the minutes and there are exactly sixty minutes in one hour.
2. Start with the minute hand. Explain that each time it goes around is one hour.
3. Explain that every time the minute hand goes one round, the hour hand will move to the next number signifying an hour has passed.
4. If you are using a toy clock, place both the hour and minute hand at 12. Turn the minute hand one round and let your child know that one hour has passed and it is now 1 o’clock. Have your child practice turning the minute hand one round at a time and stop at 12. Point to the hour hand and mentioned that it is now 2 o’clock. Practice this for a while.
5. Next, you can teach the concept of half hour, when the minute hand moves half a circle. Start from 12 and stop at 6 and say “it is now half-past twelve”.
6. Introduce your child to counting by fives. This will help teaching child to tell time by five minute intervals. Move the minute hands of the toy clock, counting the minutes by fives as the hand pass each number until you get to 15. Stop at each quarter hour and say the time.
Start at noon New Year’s Eve asking what time it is and how many hours are left until the New Year. Throughout the evening your child becomes the family reporter of the evening time, first hours until midnight, then minutes, and last seconds counting down until you ring in the your New Year.