The Clock Activity comes in a variety of forms, this one is the starting point, the o’Clock of time. Introduce this activity, after the child has had the concrete experience of numbers 1-12. Only once they have grasped the abstract understanding of using symbols to reflect numbers, can they begin to learn how to tell the time.
Young children may not understand “time”, but they most certainly grasp the fundamental sensorial meaning of time. 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 into the garden”.
This Clock Activity for the o’Clock set contains the following:
- Control cards (12), each one displaying an analog clock-face with a different hourly o’clock time; and labelled (in words), for the hour time displayed
- Mute cards (12) displaying the analog clock-face only. Each card reflects a different 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 hourly o’clock time; and labelled (digitally – in numbers) for the hour time displayed
- 12 Labels each one with a different 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.
Note: we sell the clock (in the illustration), separately.