Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Teach how to read a clock

Remember asking your kid what goes Tick Tock when he/she was a year old? By the time they are 4 or 5 you should start teaching them how to tell the time.
First the kid has to understand the concept of time. He should first be able to tell when it is morning/noon/evening/night. After this introduce the words minutes/seconds/hour.

Here are a few activities that will help your kid develop a sophisticated response to time:

- For routine tasks set time limits like "Brush your teeth in 2 minutes", "Get ready in 5 minutes", "I will pick you up from the birthday party after 1 hour". Then start asking questions "How long will you brush your teeth?"

- Make a chart of daily tasks with time set for each. At 11:00 in the morning we need to leave for school. At 9 in the night we have dinner. Show the clock each time the task is done.

- Set the time for a task by saying finish writing till the big hand comes to 7.

- Teach counts of 10 like 10 20 30 40. When he understands the concept start with counts of 5. Then show what the big hand represents on each number. Name the hands of the clock big hand, small hand and second hand initially to make it easier to understand.

- Use a toy clock with movable hands and play games.

It is important that the entire concept is not taught to the kid at once. He will get more confused and avoid learning. Introduce it bit by bit everyday. Stay positive and dont get frustrated. Your kid will learn to tell time in no time!

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