Learn to tell the time

Two simple and effective teaching
methods to learn how to tell the time

Teaching Method One: ‘Past & To’

Three simple steps to learn to read the clock in terms of minutes past and to the hour, for example ‘8 minutes to 2’. Use this method with our Past & To Pr

Step 1

 

 

 

Read the number at the end of the long hand

‘…8’

Step 2

 

 

 

Say which side the long hand is pointing to: ‘minutes to’ or ‘minutes past’

‘…minutes to’

Step 3

 

 

 

Read the number at the end of the short hand

‘…2’

 

Put it all together:
‘…8 minutes to 2’

Teaching Method Two: ’24 Hour’

Two simple steps to learn to read the clock and say the time as you would from a digital clock, for example, ‘one fifty-two’ (1:52). Use this method with our12 & 24 Hour Products.

Step 1

 

 

 

Read the number in the section at the end of the short hand

‘…1′
(’13’ after noon)

Step 2

 

 

Read the number at the end of the long hand

‘..52’

 

Put it all together:
‘…1:52′
(’13:52’ after noon)

Free Resources

Introduction to Telling the Time

Tell the Time in 5 Minute Intervals

Tell the Time in 15 Minute Intervals

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