The world of childhood is fascinating and cognitive. Every day the child discovers something new. Most of the things the guys learn themselves, just watching the adults – how to eat, how to draw, how to dress. But when it comes to learning about time and understanding dials, here without the help of adults can not do. After all, what seems to us elementary, for children – the chaos of numbers and an inexplicable mystery. Today we have gathered for you several practical ways how to teach a child to determine the time. They are effective and very funny. In addition, the online store is already ready to tell you how to choose the right clock for the son or daughter, who have just begun to understand the value of the dial and arrows.
At what age is it worth starting to study time?
If adults remembered how they were children, many lessons would be much easier to organize. But the task for moms and dads to teach a child to understand time is complicated by the fact that they look at minutes and seconds with experienced eyes, and the child looks at everything with curiosity and complete incomprehension of so many small figures and figures. Yes, tags for guys are just an image. Not the division of the dial, not the designations of minutes, but boring and monotonous drawings. Therefore, the first and most important rule in learning is to try to see the mechanism through the eyes of your child. Become the place of a small researcher. And together pick the most effective way to catch time in the fist.
It is believed that it’s time to study the readings of the dial and the name of the tags, when the child already knows the numbers and can count up to 60. After all, the minute scale consists of 60 divisions. But experience shows – talk about time follows from the first years of life. As the people say, repetition is the mother of learning. Let your son or daughter still do not understand what it means 7 pm. Let them not realize what it means “let’s go for a walk in three days.” But this should be constantly said and repeated. You can even show the values of these time intervals on a wall or desktop accessory. Like, you see, when this arrow is here, we’ll go to the zoo. Repeat and show. But do not expect the child to tell you the names of the minutes and seconds in three years. Your stories will simply remain in his memory until they are needed for a real time study. For the first stories about day and night are perfect watch in toy designs. For example, such as Glozis C-076. The child will not be so important to clearly see and distinguish small secondary labels, but the funny animal will necessarily cause interest. In addition, the main notations and arrows in this instance are clear and readable. So you can tell in the form of a game how much time it is now, and the child will visually memorize it.
The first way
Do it yourself, or order a color watch from the felt. Such that the numbers can be fastened with Velcro. The brighter and more original the model will be, the more interest it will bring from the student. Why Velcro, you ask? Everything is very simple. If the child is not quite an adult and does not know how to count to 60, you can still study everything in a simplified form. Remove all figures and show how to arrange them on the dial in the correct order. Let your son or daughter do the same. Then you can fix only those numbers, what time you want to put. You can even use pencils in the role of arrows. For example, send one pencil to 12 and another slightly less to 3. Leave on the dial only 3 and 12. So the boy or girl will not be distracted by other indicators and will be able to understand what the third hour looks like on the image. Of course, such lessons should not be one-off. Turn everything into a game. And play when the baby wants. Believe me, when he is a little older, the main moments he will already know very well. Remains only to teach trivialities.
The second way
With the older child to play Velcro is no longer worth it. He needs to explain everything gradually and patiently. And start again with the purchase of the right accessory. It can be either a homemade cardboard template with arrows that can be moved. So that you can not wait for the right time, but instruct him with your own son or daughter. Or buy the most simple mechanism, where on the dial there are no extra colors, indicators. Only clear Arabic numerals and identical divisions for minutes. For example, the Power 8172WKS is suitable. When there is a mechanism, one can proceed to the explanations:
- Show the child an hour hand. Tell that it shows only the clock, and that it is always the shortest. On any models. Then play with it. Move from one number to another and talk about what the hour shows the arrow. Be sure to pay attention to the son or daughter that the arrow moves only in one direction, and that it is called “clockwise”. Ask the child to set a specific time – the third hour, for example. When you realize that the lesson is learned, go to the minute hand.
- Tell me about the minute hand. That it is longer than the clock, but in shape and width is about the same. This is to ensure that in the future the pupil does not confuse the minute and second hands. Tell us that the hour has 60 minutes and four quarters. Show everything in the image of the dial. Explain what 15 minutes, half or 30 minutes and 45 minutes. Play with the quarters, as previously played with the clock. Show what “exactly” means. Let the child put out exactly the second hour, then the fifth. Arrange such quizes until you are convinced that the pupil understood everything. Only after this, go to talk about the smaller minutes – 5, 10, and there and about 3, 8 and 22 minutes.
- To fix the result, offer the son or daughter the motivation. For example, say that we will eat sweets at a certain time – 3:45. When the clock shows this time, let the child call you. Just go for a walk and go to bed – for time intervals. Such a mini-exam will be a fun and useful pastime. And be sure to bear fruit.
The third way
First draw a circular dial. No shooter. Find the center. And connect it with each number. So you get 12 sectors. You can invite the child to paint each sector in a different color. Or draw in each sector favorite treats. Or classes that you do during the day. On such a color display, explain what the hour hand is and how to understand its movements.
Draw another clock with divisions for a minute. There is nothing to decorate. Just show that small dashes are minutes. From 1 to 60. Show how the minute hand moves, taking, for example, a pencil. In this case, specify that the clock stands still, while the minute passes a whole circle. Let the child now tell you about the time. Listen carefully to see if there are any mistakes in his story.
To fix the result, buy him the right watch, which will be easy to read. For example, such a model as Glozis C-067 will be interesting to look at, but the beginner does not immediately understand that the number of dinosaurs does not correspond to the number of hours per day. So cartoon characters can only confuse. Very bright, but also not quite right for the beginning time master of the sample – Glozis C-063. It is too colored and the marks on it are too scattered. Such models will be the best gifts for children who already have a good understanding of the time. A newcomer is better to offer RHYTHM CRE229NR13 – a compact desktop sample, which the child can take in hand, examine and monitor every minute when he has a desire.
Teach a child to understand the values of the dial and recognize the time is not so simple. It may take several weeks, or even longer. The main thing is not to force or press on your son or daughter. If pupils themselves want to understand why the arrows move and when the time comes for dessert, science will go easy, and the result will be more substantial and quick.