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# Learn how to tell the time in minutes-past and minutes-to

## There are 2 ways to tell the time, which one should I teach my child first?

### 24HR

Some people express the time as minutes-past or minutes-to the hour.

#### Like this: ‘8 minutes to 2’

If that’s the way you talk, use our ‘Past & To’ products and teach that method first.

Some people express the time like they’re reading from a digital clock.

#### Like this: ‘1:52’

If that’s the way you talk, use our ’24 Hour’ products and teach that method first.

## There are 2 ways to tell the time, which one should I teach my child first?

### PAST & TO

Some people express the time as minutes-past or minutes-to the hour.

#### Like this: ‘8 minutes to 2’

If that’s the way you talk, use our ‘Past & To’ products and teach that method first.

### 24HR

Some people express the time like they’re reading from a digital clock.

#### Like this: ‘1:52’

If that’s the way you talk, use our ’24 Hour’ products and teach that method first.

## 24 hr

### What people say

Has been used extremely successfully to teach both a 16 year old and a 12 year old how to read and say analogue time. Both have dyscalculia, both can manage the digital clock, and both managed finally to crack the analogue system in a matter of a few hours. The difference between this clock and many other teaching devices is that it highlights the symmetry of time – so instead of the minutes being marked 5,10,15,20,25,30, 35,40,45,50,55, they are marked at 5,10,15,20,25 past and 5,10,15,20,25 to. Reading analogue time is all about saying twenty five to eleven, not 11:35. This made it simple for them and I am quite cross that I didn’t discover this clock sooner, even though it’s quite costly it was worth every penny.

Barncottagecat
26th September 2015

A great clock for helping children to learn to tell the time. It has a very cheerful and attractive appearance, and is divided into sections by colour, which helps to identify whether it is “to” the hour, or “past”. Definitely a useful purchase. A big plus, too, is that it is silent, and so if hanging on a child’s bedroom wall, there will be no background noise.

Morganite
1st September 2015

I replaced this for my kitchen clock. My kids (4 & 6) can tell me exactly what time it is, every time, correctly. They love the rainbow colors, the line that goes around each hour number, and the minutes large enough they can read them from 6-7′ away. I love all these things and that it’s not *too* cute to be on my kitchen wall. I also love that – unlike some other clocks I’ve ordered from Amazon – it hangs straight and keeps time correctly, at least so far, and we’ve had it a couple months.

MM

Very pleased with this clock which was bought for my granddaughter. It’s very clear and easy to read with minutes past and to the hour well differentiated. The hands ( unlike other clocks I looked at ) are obviously of different lengths so as to avoid confusion. The movement with its sweep second hand is silent so as not to disturb sleep should it be displayed in the bedroom. Good value for money and although classed as a teaching clock will serve her well long after she has learnt to tell the time.

Mr T J Bowen
20th January 2015

I bought this watch for my grandson. He LOVES it and wears it everyday. In just a few minutes of receiving it, he’s already telling time. The directions that come with it, with its three steps, make it very easy to catch on. He has impressed his kindergarten teacher by being able to give her the correct time on an analog watch!!

JA

This is a great clock for my 5 year old daughter who wanted an alarm to help her get up for school in the morning. I love how it teaches her to tell the time. We’ve only had it for 3 days and she’s able to tell the time all by herself. The colour coordination between ‘minutes to’ and minutes past’ are helpful because she knows green numbers are minutes past and red numbers are minutes to. The light is also handy for night time.

Jo M
5th September 2017

## Contact

Australia
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United Kingdom
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