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

PAST & TO

 

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.

Why do children find it difficult to learn to tell the time?

It’s a fact that lots of children struggle to learn to tell the time on analogue clocks, sadly some never do. To find a way to help these students we had to intensely study children in the learning environment to truly understand the problem.

Working with various children over a period of time we identified 2 significant elements that cause children problems.

1. In general, regular clocks and watches only display the hour numbers and some markings to indicate minutes. This is only about 20% of the information we need to know, 80% of the information we need is missing from the clock face.

2. The hands can be ambiguous, they’re often nearly the same length and not pointing specifically to either the hours or the minutes. Most of the time they’re in between numbers anyway, so it’s very difficult to know which number to read.

This is very confusing for a child and it makes it hard for them to learn to tell the time.

Armed with this information we designed a clock face that carries all the information we need to tell the time; but this still didn’t provide a sure-fire solution. We needed to help the child know which numbers to read at any point in time.

We realised that if we enclosed every number on the face in an individual box we could tailor the length of the hands so that the tips clearly indicated specific numbers . Now we have a clock that shows all the information we need and hands that tell us exactly which numbers to read.

This completely removes the mystery surrounding analogue clocks and watches.

Students no longer need to memorise all the missing information before they can tell the time, they simply need to read the numbers that the hands tells them, in the right order.

For an adult, reading a clock is a really simple process. It’s just 3 steps. This is what we do.

1. We look at the minute hand and assess the minute number value.
2. We judge whether it’s minutes past or minutes to.
3. We look at the hour hand and judge the hour value.

With the EasyRead clock children can instantly follow those 3 steps and read the time.

These 3 steps are the key to reading the time. They are easy for a child to understand and learn, they are the only thing your child has to remember.

Step 1. Read the number at the end of the long hand
Step 2. Say which side it’s pointing to (past or to)
Step 3. Read the number at the end of the short hand

Say it like this: 8…minutes to…2
It really is that simple!

With regular practice reading the time will become second nature.

Every time they use the clock the information on the face becomes memorised through visible and incidental learning. Learning to read regular clocks and watches will follow naturally as confidence grows and the information becomes memorised.

EasyRead Time Teacher invented the 3-step teaching system in 1992. It is the simplest and most effective time teaching system for children. It is protected by copyright and by design registrations.

Free Resources

Introduction to Telling the Time

Tell the Time in 5 Minute Intervals

Tell the Time in 15 Minute Intervals

Learn to tell analogue time

How to tell 24 hour time

Learn to tell analogue time

How to tell 24 hour time

Contact 

Australia
Tel: +61 (0) 418 970 214
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EasyRead Time Teacher (Australia) Pty Ltd
52 Undercliff Rd
Freshwater 2096

United Kingdom
Tel:  +44 (0) 1684 566832
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EasyRead Time Teacher Ltd
Unit 20 Link Business Centre
Link Way
Malvern, WR14 1UQ

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