The kindergardener in the house is very interested in telling time, mostly because she wants a REAL watch but I told her I wouldn’t buy her one unless she could tell time on something non-digital. You know, like an actual clock.
We used to have phones with chords, too.
I just blew their minds.
After we realized we’d be hunkering down for most of the day yesterday (weather, tornado warnings etc) we got out our supplies:
I started by writing all the numbers on cardstock paper and then cutting them out.
Once I had all the numbers (1-12) we started taping the 12, 6, 3 and 9 and went from there filling everything in. Something about the law of opposites. Same rule when changing a flat tire. The star … any way.
Aha! A clock on the wall! Wait. Where are the hands?
Now you can sit down and bark times out and watch the learning lights brighten.
Needless to say, she had a blast. She came home with a note from school a week or so ago letting me know that she had counted to 100 in fives so I applied that kind of logic to the clock to help her understand that the long hand tells time by counting in fives. So the One? Is really Whatever’o’clock:oh-five.
After a few practice runs and some counting in fives all together … she got the hang of it. Six is Thirty and Nine is Forty-five.
She’ll have herself a watch by Christmas, that one.