Teaching Kids to Tell the Time
Do your kids need to learn to tell the time?
Telling the time is an important life skill and one that parents really need to help their kids with at home. As a teacher, I know how little time there is in the math curriculum for teaching kids to tell the time. Also, the best place to practise telling the time is when you actually NEED to know the time, and have a concept of what kind of time of day it is. For example, to know that breakfast time happens about 8 o'clock in the morning - not 4am or 11am! That lunchtime is about midday and bedtime is about 8 o'clock at night. Getting some recognition of what happens when is a great place to start.
First Steps in Telling the Time
So how do you start? Make sure that you talk to your child about time throughout the day. For example, "look, it's 8 o'clock so it must be time for breakfast"." Quick, it is nearly 12 o'clock, I better start making your lunch." or "In five minutes it will be time to go shopping, do you think you can tell me when the big hand gets to the top for 10 o'clock so I know it is time to go"
Having some simple clocks around - analogue ones and also some digital, will be a big help. Ideally they will have the number of minutes marked too (i.e outside the number 4 will be a small number 20 to indicate 20 minutes past the hour), but at a minimum, ensure that they do actually have markers for each minute, so that it is clear that there are 5 minutes between each number.
Here are some recommendations.
Telling Time Games Online
There are many many EXCELLENT Online telling time games. Some of my favorites are listed here. I have used them in the classroom on the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) and my class have enjoyed all off them!
- Bang On Time
Fab game where you click the button when the clock displays the right time.
- Stop The Clock - 15 min intervals
Matching Digital and Analogue Times (15min intervals) - see how fast you can do it.
- Stop The Clock - 5 min intervals
Matching Digital and Analogue Times (5min intervals) - see how fast you can do it.
- Stop The Clock - 1 min intervals
Matching Digital and Analogue Times (1min intervals) - see how fast you can do it.
- TELLING TIME GAMES
Lots of Online Time Games including BANG ON TIME STOP THE CLOCK Fairy Clock Hickory Dickory Clock Teaching Clock
- Time Worksheet Maker
Website to make a range of time related worksheets
- Time Worksheets and Resources
Lots of worksheets
- Primary Resources: Maths: Measures, Shape & Space: Time
Primary Resources - free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers.
- The Math Worksheet Site.com -- Telling Time
What time is it? Draw the hands on the clock. Half-hour increments. 15 minute increments. 5 minute increments. 1 minute increments.
Children also need a sense of 'how long is a minute'. A sand timer comes in very useful for teaching this. Sitting in silence for 1 minute can seem very long, but when you are challenged to write the alphabet in just 1 minute, then it can see rather a short period of time. Get your child to have a go at guessing a minute and trying different activities in 'just a minute'
Telling Time Kids Watches for Boys
One of my favourite items for learning to tell the time are these fabulous watches from Timex. They come in a huge variety of elasticated straps (which are washable!) and the watches themselves are high quality. The dials show the minutes on the dial outside the hour digits, which helps kids to be able to tell the time more easily. They also have a light on them (press in the tiny knob that changes the time) so they can be used well at night.
There is a
CAMOFLAGE ARMY WATCH
TRACTOR WATCH - my son has this one.
FIRE ENGINE WATCH
... and MORE!
Telling the Time Watches for Girls
For Girls there is a
FAIRY CASTLE WATCH
... and MORE!
My Daughter has this one and loves it.
Telling the Time DVDs
DVDs are an alternative way of teaching children to tell the time.
Telling Time Books and DVDs
Telling Time Games
There are also many fun games to play as a family to learn to tell time. These include Bingo type games, Lotto, matching games and board games.