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It's really a vital skill to have and telling the time can be easy to learn if you make it fun. Teaching the clock can be hard, but once children get familiar they will feel confident enough to lear how to tell the time.
- Start by counting the numbers together, get familiar with the clock face and the numbers. Name the numbers and count round the clock.
- Watch a real clock and how the hands move round. Spot the big hand, the little hand and the second hand go round and explain each tells us different information.
- Search for different clocks and watches and alarm clocks and digital time displays rond the house. You'll be surprised how many clocks there are including the DVD player, oven, burgler alarm, alarm clock etc.
- Listen to clocks. Find clocks and watches round the house and listen to them. DO they tick? Listen to the ticks and explain each tick is one second.
- Go online and search for different clocks and watches to look at. See if you can find a few videos of clocks chiming and ticking.
- Make a clock. Take a paper plate, or a round piece of card. Make 2 hands for the clock and use split pins to secure them to the centre of the clock. Write on the numbers in the correct place. Decorate the face of the clock to make it look really swish. Then use the home made clock to try and teach the time. Start with the hour hand and move round to the different numbers to get the idea of the hours. Then look at the minute hand and the number of minutes in an hour.
Take it slow and keep it nice and easy...