Quick Tips for Parents Teaching Kids How to Tell Time
"What time is it?" "Are we there yet?" Are you ready for your youngster to be able to answer those questions on his/her own? Just "in the nick of time"...Specialty watch designer and manufacturer, Zoobee, Inc., promotes its line of children's Time Teaching Watches.
"Our Time Teaching Watches fill a niche in the consumer and educational marketplace," claims Billy Darnell, Zoobee CEO and President. "The colorful, fun designs capture a child's imagination and stimulate their desire to learn."
Darnell birthed the idea of Zoobee's Time Teaching Watches when he discovered that many elementary school teachers were continuing the traditional use of paper plates and cut-out clock hands to teach the skill and concept of time to students. "Pairing colorful, cuddly animal characters with the teaching of time on a real watch face enhances the learning experience for children, capturing and holding their interest as they master this vital life skill," contends Darnell.
Quick Tips for Parents (more detailed instructions may be found in the activity / instructional booklet enclosed with each Zoobee Time Teaching Watch)
- Prime time for teaching children how to tell time is between the ages of 3 and 8.
- First explain the watch face to your child: Compare the colors, thickness, and length of the hour, minute, and second hands, and note the numbers used to read hours, minutes, and seconds.
- Next begin showing how the watch measures time: Start by explaining the second hand, then the minute hand, and finally the hour hand. It takes 12 hours, or half a day, for the hour hand to travel once around the watch face. The hour hand's first trip around the watch is a.m., or morning, and the second trip around is p.m., or afternoon and evening.
- To help your child understand the duration of time, make it a game to find activities that take certain amounts of time, such as 5 seconds, 15 minutes, or 1 hour. Practice timing events that you enjoy together as a family.