Goal: Keep track of time by watching the clock
|What’s next? When?
Look for opportunities to ask children to figure out when the next activity begins.
Make sure that children know:
Figure out the starting time
Ask children to hold their answers until everyone has a solution.
If needed, help them count up 5 minutes at a time.
Sticking with choices (easier). Ask children to stick with an activity for 10 minutes. They check the clock to figure out when they may move on to something else.
24-hour time (harder). Have children use 24-hour time in the afternoon. The hour after 12 noon is 13:00, instead of 1:00 p.m.; the next is 14:00, instead of 2:00 p.m.; and so on.
Adding with time—5 minutes at a time
Multiples of 5 minutes are a practical way to work with time. Many analog clocks are numbered for each 5-minute interval.
Help children understand the difference between counting by 5’s with time and with numbers.
It’s 3:55 in the afternoon, so …
By contrast, with numbers:
How much longer? When can we leave? Do we have enough time to stop and get something to eat?
Life is full of time questions. Help children develop the skills they need to find their own answers: telling time, knowing long things take, and breaking the hour into manageable chunks such as 5, 15, or 30 minutes.
Time management also involves knowing when to be early or late. Arriving early for a concert may ensure that you get a good seat. Arriving too early at a bus stop at night could be dangerous.
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Books about time