Talk About Time in Everyday Situations!
Why is this important?
Familiarizing children with the concept of time passing in increments (hour, half hour, quarter hour) helps them learn to count forward and backwards using the benchmarks as anchors. This also helps in developing adding and subtracting skills.
Make predictions about how long an activity will last.
Tip: “Will it take a long or a short time for the cookies to bake?”, “Will we have cookies before or after doing the puzzle?”
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.