Learn to tell the time! Yes but when, how?

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Learn to tell the time! Yes but when, how?

Learn to tell the time! Yes but when, how?

Some answers to your questions.


To this eternal question " Maaammaannnnnn when is it to taste???? Here is a question that you have probably already heard and which can indicate that your mini is on the way to questioning the time of things! It sometimes happens very early this question even before the age of 3. But what if the child does not yet know the numbers?

Consider two scenarios:
- mini still has trouble finding his way around his day, he doesn't really know if it's morning or afternoon, we will direct the child more towards learning the concept of TIME, with a clock of routines (over 24 hours). Thanks to this type of clock, the child will be able to build a clear visual representation of the time and will know for himself if it is morning, afternoon, evening or night, he will know if he must soon take his bath, put on pajamas, leave for school, etc.


- your child is very comfortable with time and knows how to easily find his way around his day, he knows even before you tell him that it's almost bedtime, or snack time. In this case, the classic 12 o'clock clock is made for him.

Understanding HOURS

The 24-hour routine clock, in addition to ensuring the construction of the idea of ​​TIME, allows a child to associate such and such an event with a specific time. He thus acquires the ability to link a task to a given time of his day (according to your daily rituals - morning, afternoon, etc.) and to a specific time (without worrying about minutes at this stage).

The 24-hour routine clock is a very effective support for the child, so that he can understand on his own the link between the needle and the information it points to. Essential ability to master in order to subsequently learn to tell the time on a classic watch or clock.

A first level the reading of information will consist in connecting needle and illustration (moments of the bath, the taste, the departure for the school, etc pointed out by the needle).

In the second level of reading, the child will be able to link the pointed event to a specific time (written on the periphery of the dial). This second stage will be possible when the child can read the numbers numbered from 1 to 24. We can then approach the time of the main events of his routine.

IN BRIEF, 24-hour clocks are simply THE TOOL that allows the child:

- gain autonomy
- to associate the hours with concrete tasks, and at key moments of their day
- understand what times and durations are
- to make the link between a hand and the information it brings us (first step in reading the hours)

And for the MINUTES then?

As soon as one is interested in the minutes, it means that everything else has been understood. Concepts of TIME, MOMENTS and HOURS assimilated and well understood, and the child masters counting from 1 to 24.

Once he knows how to count to 100 and has mastered the tens and counting from 5 to 5 (in CP, CE1), we can consider learning how to read the time on a clock or a classic watch. To this will be added the understanding of the quarter of an hour and the cutting into quarters of the dial of the clocks.

Only one piece of advice, PRAC-TICE!!!! .. and a lot of listening and love and patience ♡♡♡

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