Tuesday, January 26, 2010

# The Math Box – Telling Time

Anna was very excited to see new items in her math box this week – a clock from \$1 section of Target and a kitchen timer. Our home has clocks everywhere – both digital and analog, and she was attempting to read the digital clock for a while. Using the timer seemed like a perfect introduction to digital clock, since it’s very easy to set. We talked about minutes and hours and reviewed our prior knowledge of a long hand and a short hand  on an analog clock. We set timer for 1 minute and 5 minutes and saw what we can do in 1 minute (stare at the timer and ask about 10 times when it will beep) and in 5 minutes – almost finish a quick card game. Anna was also very excited to be able to write on the area under the clock with an erasable marker that came with it. It was encouraging, since usually she is not interested in any writing activities. Mostly, however, I wrote the time in hours, and she was setting both clocks. We also talked a little about her day – what happens at 8 am in the morning, at noon, and we focused at 3 pm in the afternoon – that’s when we consider her afternoon rest over, and she can resume her afternoon activities. She can see the clock (analog) in her room, and we want her to stay put quietly until the long hand is on 12 and the short hand is on 3. Of course, ideally we want her to take a nap, but this is so not happening here lately.

I gave some thought to teaching minutes and realized quite quickly that teaching analog minutes would be next to impossible at this point. Too many concepts would be beyond Anna’s grasp. But we always encouraged her to look at the clock, told her the time of the day and explained what it means in terms of her day and upcoming activities. We will continue to do so and she might just pick up minutes by understanding the pattern. Or she might not, and I am totally OK with it. It’s not something that my daughter really needs to know at her ripe old age of 3, but she is having a blast playing with her clocks and talking about time. Here is a link for older children – Time For Time.

#### 10 comments:

Ticia said...

If it helps any, in Texas we don't teach time to the minute until 2nd grade. In kinder it's to the hour, and maybe half hour. In 1st it's to the quarter hour.
This keeps being on my list of things to do, but hasn't actually been done yet. It's kind of sad. I need to kick myself in the but and get moving.

Susana said...

Ooooh, I'll be back to read and comment, that first picture is peaking my interest--just wanted to let you know I have an award for you!

MaryAnne said...

Great approach to teaching time at this age!

My Boaz's Ruth said...

I, too, have heard that kids are not generally capable of reading an analog clock until 6 or 7. Digital clocks have allowed them to find the time for themselves MUCH earlier.

Debbie said...

I know from when my kids were in school, the classrooms had all gone to digital clocks, they didn't teach analog clocks at all, we had to teach that at home.

Great lesson, I want a Target near by so I can pick up on these wonderful \$1 items everyone else is talking about all the time.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Matthew has been talking about time lately too... trying, I think, to figure it all out. I've thought about bringing our \$1.00 clock out too (from Target, but not nearly as cute as yours!) and talking about it a bit. We have his night light on a timer and it turns off at 7am; he knows if the light is off it's ok to get up. Then he says something nutty like "I slept sooo long, until fourteen thirty seven". So, obviously we have a lot of work ahead of us. :)

Infant Bibliophile said...

You have been getting some great target dollar store finds lately! :)

Our Little Family said...

Awesome, as always! I picked up a clock at Target today, too! :)

I left an award for you on my blog. :)
-Jill

Izzie, Mac & Me said...

Love the clock...did you get it recently?

Susana said...

I agree with Ticia's "teaching time table" too. I remember this from Hanna being in school. Of course if Joe is begging me to learn something I'll try my best to teach him/help him understand, but you are right in not worrying about it and being OK with it:-).

My way of thinking lately is, they--my children--will eventually learn all that they need to in their own time frame as long as I provide the teaching and materials they need to grasp it.