# How to Teach a Child to Watch Time (with Pictures)

Many children find it difficult to tell the time. If you live with one (your child, student, etc.), you can help her look at her watch in certain fun and interactive ways. Before starting, see if the young person knows at least the basics. Then teach him a few different strategies.

## Steps

### Part 1 of 4: Teaching a child the basics

#### Step 1. Practice counting to 60 with your child

He needs to know how to count to 60 (in the right order) to check the hours. Ask them to write the numbers 1 to 60 on a piece of paper - while reciting them out loud. Then post the papers to a wall and ask him to consult and recite the numbers from time to time.

• When in public, such as a supermarket, point to the double-digit numbers and ask your child to repeat them.

#### Step 2. Practice counting by five with your child

Understanding the concept of multiples of five also makes the process a lot easier. Ask the young person to write down the numbers in increments of five until they reach 60-again, reciting them out loud. Note that each term must end in 5 or 0.

### Compose a song like "Counting by 5" to help your child learn. You can even think about dance steps. For example: at each bar, throw your hands up and tap your feet on the floor. Sing it once in a while with the young man so that he becomes more used to the numbers

#### Step 3. Teach your child the general concept of time and schedule

These concepts involve the notion of morning, afternoon, night and dawn. Associate them with certain activities to help the youth become familiar. Then test it by asking when certain things happen.

• For example: "In the morning we eat breakfast and brush our teeth. In the afternoon we eat lunch and take a nap. At night we read a book and go to sleep."
• Ask something like "What happens in the morning?" and "What happens at night?"

### Part 2 of 4: Making a Clock with Your Child

#### Step 1. Get two paper plates and an analog clock

These dishes will be the makeshift clocks, while the accessory itself will serve as a reference. Put them on a table and sit with your child. Say, in an excited tone, that you are going to create something together.

### For example: "Guess what we're going to do today? Watches!"

#### Step 2. Fold the paper plates in half

Have your child hold one of the plates and make this fold. Then rotate it and fold it in half again. It should have a cross mark right in the center; she will be your reference.

#### Step 3. Attach stickers and numbers to the watch

Ask your child to stick a sticker on the top of the plate - where the number 12 would be. Then, referring to the analog clock, ask them to write the number 12 under the sticker with a marker pen. Repeat the process with numbers 3, 6 and 9.

#### Step 4. Fill in the spaces on the clock

After your child has pasted stickers and numbers in places 12, 3, 6, and 9, ask her to fill in the rest. For this, he can consult the analog clock.

### For example, ask him to stick a sticker where the 1 would be and then write the number. Then repeat the process with each time

#### Step 5. Divide the clock into twelve slices of pizza

Have your child draw a line for each number from the center of the plate. Then have him color each slice with a different crayon.

### For example: start by painting slice 1 red and then work with rainbow colors. With preset tones, the progression will be more intuitive for your child - more so than using random tones

#### Step 6. Make the clock hands

Draw two hands on a piece of cardboard or cardstock - a long one for the minutes and a shorter one for the hours. Have your child cut them out with scissors.

### If your child is not old enough to handle the scissors, cut the pointers for him

#### Step 7. Nail the pointers

Put the hour over the minute; then pierce the ends and middle of the plate with a paper peg. Finally, turn the watch inside out and bring the ends of the clip together to hold the hands together.

#### Step 8. Put the paper clock next to the analog clock

See what they look like and ask your child if anything is missing. If not, proceed to the next section.

### Part 3 of 4: Dividing the Hours of the Day

#### Step 1. Differentiate the hands of the clock

Point to the two and ask your child what the main difference is. If he has trouble answering, give him a hint, such as "Is one longer than the other?"

#### Step 2. Identify the hands of the clock

After your child notices that each pointer is a different length, explain the difference. Say the shortest represents hours, while the longest represents minutes. Ask him to write "hours" and "minutes" where appropriate.

#### Step 3. Explain how the hour hand works

Point to it at each number without taking the minute hand off 12. Tell your child that whenever the smaller hand points to a number and the larger hand is on 12, it's 00 minutes: "It's 1:00 now. Now it's 2:00. It's 3:00, etc." (of the morning or of the afternoon). Then ask the young person to repeat what you did.

• Use pizza slices and clock colors to teach. Emphasize the idea that whenever the hour hand is on a particular slice, it is because it is xh00.
• You can even associate activities with each number to help your child memorize the hours. For example: "It's 3:00 in the afternoon now. In other words: it's time for you to see your favorite cartoons" or "It's 5:00 in the afternoon. It's time for soccer practice".

#### Step 4. Test your child

With his help, choose a day of the week and make a list of five to seven activities with specific times. Talk about each one and ask the little one to put the hour hand on the right number.

### Part 4 of 4: Splitting the Minutes

#### Step 1. Explain the double meaning of numbers

Your child may be confused when you explain that the number 1 is also 5 minutes and the 2 is also 10. To get this concept across, pretend the numbers are double agents, with a secret identity, like Clark Kent and Super -Man.

• For example: tell your child that 1's secret identity is 5; then ask him to write a small 5 next to the 1. Then he should repeat the process with each time.
• Make it clear that you are counting in multiples of 5. Go through each person's secret identity using the special song you created to teach your child.

#### Step 2. Explain the function of the minute hand

Tell your child that the secret identities of numbers are revealed when the longer (minute) hand points to them. Without moving the hour hand, point the other hand to each number and say the minutes it is associated with. Then ask the young person to repeat the process.

### For example, point the minute hand at 2 and say "It's 10 minutes now". Then point it to 3 and say "Now it's 15"

#### Step 3. Teach your child to read the hour and minute hands together

Once he understands the concept of the minute hand, teach him to look at all the details at once. Start with simple hours like 1:30 am, 2:15 am, 5:45 am etc. (of the morning or of the afternoon). Point to the hour hand and a term; then point the minute hand at another. Finally, say the full hours.

### For example, point the hour hand to 3 and the minute hand to 8. Tell your child it is 3:40 am. Emphasize the idea that he should read the minute hand as 40, not 8, because of the secret identity story. Repeat this activity until the child gets used to it

#### Step 4. Add dashes for breaks other than five minutes

When your child understands the five-minute breaks, add four dashes between each one. Start by writing one, two, three, and four next to them, going from 12 to 1. Encourage your child to fill in the rest by saying everything out loud. Then point the minute hand to a value other than 5 and the hour hand to something else. Finally, say the full hours.

### For example, point the minute hand to the fourth dash and the hour hand to 3. Say it is 3:04 am (in the morning or in the afternoon). Repeat this process until he understands how to read the tick marks on his watch

#### Step 5. Test your child

Make a list of five to seven activities with specific times. Ask the young person to move the hands of the clock to represent each one. Be willing to help him at the beginning - just repeat the activity until he can do it all himself.

### Encourage your child with rewards and rewards. Take it to the mall or the park every time you learn something, for example

#### Step 6. Complicate things

When your child has mastered the activity with the makeshift clock, replace it with another dish, which doesn't have the dashes. Repeat the activity with him and see if the young man has mastered the concept of hours.