June 16, 2010 at 7:55 AM 2 comments

by: Jennifer Perez

As a classroom teacher, I have witnessed first hand how my students have struggled with telling time on an analog clock.  An analog clock is the clock pictured above.  Nowadays, our children have cell phones, the cable box and digital clocks to tell them the time so WHY would they need to know the difference between the little hand and the big hand??  Well, because it’s an essential part of life!

Activity-This activity is ideal to begin with children who are 4 years of age and older.  For younger children, show them an example of an analog clock and a digital clock.  Ask them to tell you a few ways that they are the same and different.  Explain that both do help with telling time, but for the analog clock, THEY have to figure out the time using their number skills.  For school-aged children, take it one step further and explain how the analog clock has a ‘small’ hand and a ‘large’ hand.  The short hand tells the hour and the larger hand tells the minutes.

After the analog clock introduction, begin timing your child’s favorite activities so that they may begin practicing telling time.

Example: “Peyton, you may work on your crafts for 15 minutes.  Look at the clock-it says 5:00pm.  What time will you need to stop working on your crafts? That’s right-when the big hand gets onto the 3, it will be time to stop.”

**You may time ANY activity for ANY length of time depending on your child’s progress.

Happy Learning!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. victoriagoerg  |  December 29, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Have you read the book “The brain that changes itself by Norman Doidge” Ch2 is about an extraordinary woman who build herself a better brain, in it she talks exactly about how she couldn’t read clock so started out with learning to read them by making flashcards. She has since started her own school in Canada called Arrowsmith school http://www.arrowsmithschool.org/ which assists children in strengthening their weak cognitive capacities affecting their learning overcoming their learning disabilities. What she has found is that learning to read analog clocks exercises the brain which leads to an improvement in reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning, logical reasoning, reading or analogue clocks, understanding cause and effect and reversals of the letters b, d or p & q when reading and writing.

    I am now just starting the book call “Brain School by Howard Eaton” who started the Eaton Arrowsmith school http://www.arrowsmithschool.org/eatonarrow.htm it is starting out amazing too. They are both worth reading especially when you work with children every day and are seeing the struggles and wondering what to do to help them succeed.

    cheers Victoria

    • 2. imtjen  |  April 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Hi Victoria-
      I have not read those but they sound very interesting!
      Thank You for visiting the blog!


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