Tick-Tock: Exploring the Concept of Time with Clocks and Calendars

Tick-Tock: Exploring the Concept of Time with Clocks and Calendars

Understanding the concept of time is an important part of learning mathematics, and it's something that children can start to grasp at an early age. One way to help them understand time is by using clocks and calendars.

Clocks:

Clocks are a great tool to help children understand time. There are many different types of clocks available, but the most common is the analog clock with two hands. Here are some ways to teach children about time using clocks: 

  • Start with the basics: Start by teaching children the parts of the clock and what they represent. The big hand represents the minutes, and the small hand represents the hours. 
  • Show them how to read the time: Show children how to read the time on an analog clock. Start with the hours and work up to the minutes. Make sure they understand that the hour hand points to the number that represents the hour, and the minute hand points to the number that represents the minutes. 
  • Play games: Play games with children that involve time, such as "What time is it, Mr. Wolf?" or "Simon Says, 'It's half-past two.'" 
  • Practice, practice, practice: Encourage children to practice telling time on an analog clock regularly. The more they practice, the more comfortable they will become with reading time. 

Calendars:

 Calendars are another great tool to help children understand time. They can help children learn about days, weeks, months, and years. Here are some ways to teach children about time using calendars:

  •  Start with the basics: Start by teaching children the parts of a calendar and what they represent. Show them how the months are listed and how each month has a different number of days.
  • Mark important dates: Mark important dates on the calendar, such as birthdays or holidays. Encourage children to count the number of days until the event.
  • Use visual aids: Use visual aids to help children understand time. For example, you can use a picture of a sun to represent daytime and a moon to represent nighttime.
  • Create a routine: Encourage children to create a routine by using a calendar. They can mark down their daily tasks, such as homework or chores, and track their progress.

 In conclusion, using clocks and calendars are great tools to help children understand the concept of time. It's important to start with the basics and gradually build upon their knowledge. With practice and encouragement, children will become more confident in their understanding of time.

Back to blog