Talk About Time in Everyday Situations!
Talk about the numbers on a clock and how long an activity will take.
Tip: “It is 11:00 right now, if we play outside for 10 minutes the clock will say 11:10.”
Cover the minutes on a digital clock and ask your child to show you the hour using their fingers.
Tip: Show 11:00 by showing 10 fingers, closing both hands, then showing 1 finger.
Cover the hour on a digital clock and ask your child to show you the minutes using their fingers. Uncover the hour and combine the two numbers to show the time.
Tip: Show 8:10 by first raising 8 fingers for the hour, followed by 10 fingers for the minutes.
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Why is this important?
Knowing how to read a clock is a practical life skill that familiarizes children with the numbers 1 to 60.
Looking for More Information?
Check out our learning to read an Analogue Clock resource!
References: Burny, E., Valcke, M., & Desoete, A. (2012). Clock reading: An underestimated topic in children with mathematics difficulties. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 45(4), 351–360. VandeWalle, J. A. (2011). Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally. Pearson Canada. (pp. 385, 401, 402).