It is important to introduce the second Clock Activity, the Half Past o’clock of time; only after the young child has absorbed the concept of the hourly movement of the o’clock activity.
How to Present this activity:
Present the half hourly activity of time, using the fraction circles as a guide. The Child absorbs the sensorial concept of how one hour compares to one circle. By cutting both items in two, the Child grasps the concept of a half hour or a half circle.
The Child believes that time is measured by actions, movement, how long (or short) it will be and it’s importance. “Time to wake up, to eat, sleep, to go to the park or to work. Many parents/guardians say we will leave in 5 minutes, this is meaningless to the young child. Rather, provide a context of what must be completed prior to departure, i.e. “we will leave after you have fastened your shoes and I put the dog in the garden”.
We suggest you use the fraction circles when presenting this activity to the Child.
Features of the Clock Activity for the Half Past o’Clock set:
- Control cards (12), each one displaying an analog clock-face with a different half-hourly o’clock time; and labelled (in words), for the half past the time displayed.
- Mute cards (12) displaying the analog clock-face only. Each card reflects a different half past the hourly o’clock time.
- 12 Labels each one with a different hourly time, written in words, example 12 o’clock.
- Control cards (12), each one displaying an analog clock-face with a different half past the hourly o’clock time; and labelled (digitally – in numbers) for the time displayed.
- 12 Labels each one with a different half past the hourly time, in numbers, example 12:00.
- a plastic container with a lid.
This activity seeks to achieve two different objectives. The direct objective; with practice, the Child learns to tell the time. Indirectly, children improve their vocabulary, numeracy and reading skills.
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