L.O. asks from Sterling Heights, MI on August 04, 2012
Teaching Kids Time-- Clocks..
How do you explain 1/2 hours to kids?? anyone have a triick? My kids understand even hours (3 o'clock..) but they are confused about 3:30 -- because the hour hand is between the 3 and the 4...they mght think it is 330 or 430..
the kids re 5 and 6.
J.F. answers from Bloomington on August 04, 2012
Take a paper plate and cut it in half. Take another paper plate and make it like a clock. Use the 1/2 piece and cover up one half at a time. It will give them something "concrete" to visualize and understand a half of something. Color it another color if you want. I also write "6" in another color to help make it visual.
Then later, you cut another plate into 4 pieces for quarter after and quarter till. I also use money (quarters) to help explain this.....for kids who are older and understand money.
I hope this helps. :)
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L.E. answers from Provo on August 05, 2012
If you are asking for a specific lesson time, my suggestion doesn't help, but for teaching over a long period of time you might want to try it. Whenever we have somewhere to go, I write on a piece of paper the numbers of the time we need to leave and draw a clock. I just draw the numbers closest to the hands that represent the time so they focus on one area of the clock. Then I hang the paper near a real clock. I say out loud to them, "I need you to be ready to leave at 8:50. It is now___. (pointing to the real clock) You have about ___ minutes." I do this early, sometimes several hours before, so that the focus is on time and not on hurry and get ready to go. Since we leave at a variety of times, they are learning a variety of times. Now my sons have started to come and tell me when it's almost time to go.
F.O. answers from Los Angeles on August 04, 2012
They're still young, but you could teach time from the perspective of teaching fractions.
60 minutes = 1 hour
make a circle
It's just as important for them to learn quarter pass = 15 minutes
half pass = 30 minutes
quarter of = 45 minutes has elapsed
1 hour later...
If they have a grasp on fractions or like sports then learning time with an analog clock wouldn't be difficult to accomplish over time. If they get frustrated, revisit later, but always read the time in their presence to keep them interested.
C.S. answers from Las Vegas on August 04, 2012
Joann's has a bucket of clock chips with the digital time, printed time, and the clock. I started with the hour and we played the match game, then we added the half hour and then started on the quarter hour.
Another thing you can do is actually show them a half an hour. Show them the clock at 4:00, then set an alarm to 4:30 so they can check out the clock again.
V.W. answers from Jacksonville on August 04, 2012
Jill has a great idea.
Another thing you might point out to them, since they already understand the hour hand determines what hour... is make sure they visually see the hands move around the clock.
Get one of those toy teaching clocks, or just a watch that has numbers on the face (not digital) and use it to wind time forward WHILE THEY WATCH you do it. As the minute hand progresses around the face, the hour hand is moving slowly also... so in between isn't just in between, it is more like "not quite there yet".... since the hands only go in one direction.
Don't describe it as "in between" 3 and 4. Describe it as "past 3" and "not yet gotten to 4".
Maybe that will help them ?
C.B. answers from San Francisco on August 06, 2012
I used real battery operated clock with hands and had her watch as I moved the hands around and showed her how the little hand moves between the two numbers are the minutes pass. It seemed to help her understand.
S.K. answers from Dallas on August 05, 2012
Jill's idea is great. When you make the paper plate clocks, make each hand a different color. If the hour hand is red, make the numbers around the clock red. Then make 12 circles or triangles and write the 5 minute intervals in the same color as the minute hand. Then attach the circles/triangles on the outside of the plate on the corresponding numbers. Then teach them to always read the hour hand first. If you wanted to just add the 30 for now and not the others, that would be fine. Make the clocks together and let them help. Be sure to make one for yourself.