How to teach to define time

How to teach to define time

When the child goes to school, he willy-nilly should learn to use hours, at school the lessons begin in certain time, last certain time and in certain time come to an end. Besides, many first graders already attend additional classes on which it is necessary to be in time, and parents can not always track it. Therefore to teach the child to be guided in time it is necessary to begin not on September 1, and much earlier.

It is required to you

  • Hours with shooters
  • Model of hours with one arrow
  • Hourglasses


1. You teach the child to be guided in time since the birth. The baby has to learn to distinguish day and night. The concepts "morning" and "evening" are quite available to the younger preschool child, by three years he can already acquire what season for what goes. The senior preschool child knows days of the week, months, concepts "till a lunch" and "after a lunch". Gradually you enter into consciousness of the child of designation of time. If the alarm clock calls at seven o'clock, show to the kid where there are hands at this time. Do not demand that the kid understood everything at once. But time when it is necessary to rise, have dinner or go for a walk, can remember even three-year-olds.

2. The senior preschool child you learn to be guided on hours. Of course, it is previously necessary to learn figures and to learn to compare quantity of objects. The child has to understand already that 3 is more, than 2, and 12 – it is more, than 1, 2, 3 and all other numbers which he sees on the dial. At the same time the child has to do mental arithmetic already a little.

3. Make model of hours. At first let it will be the dial with only one hour hand. Minute divisions can be not marked too meanwhile. Explain to the child that the arrow on the present hours passes from one figure to another exactly for an hour. Show on hours what is an arrow. Suggest the child to observe when the small hand moves from an edinichka to the two and to move an arrow on paper model. Remind the kid where there is a short hand when he comes from a garden or goes on a training.

4. Show that the short arrow moves gradually, but does not jump from one figure on another at once. Ask the kid to show on toy hours what is "slightly more than an hour" or "slightly less than six". Explain that the arrow can be on the middle between two figures – it will be "at half past four" or "a half of the ninth". Repeat this exercise until the kid ceases to be confused.

5. Tell the child, what is the time now, and suggest to show on model how many will be in two, three, six hours. And what is the time was three hours ago?

6. Divide distance between model figures as it shares on the present hours. Suggest the kid to consider how many it turned out divisions of all around and between the next figures. Explain that the long arrow on the present hours shows, and make the same arrow for model. It is very good if you near at hand have hourglasses from which sand pours out in 5 minutes. It is possible to suggest the child to observe when the long arrow appears exactly on figure. Put sand hour, tell in how many minutes sand is poured, and suggest to look what will happen to a big arrow when all sand is poured.

7. Explain to the child that the long arrow bypasses a circle exactly for an hour. The beginning of each hour is number 12 for this reason it is in the top. And what is the time will pass if the long arrow passes only a half of a way? Where this half is? Explain to the child that each half of the dial can be halved still, chetvertushka will turn out. Where they are? How to tell if there were already five hours, but then the long arrow passed to figure 3?

8. If the child well understood what on the dial of 60 divisions which designate 60 minutes can try to be explained that a half from 60 is 30. Where the thirtieth division? And the half from 30 is how many? When the child understands that a quarter of hour is 15 minutes, it is possible to explain that on the dial each quarter of hour is divided into three parts. How many minutes in one such third? A third of fifteen minutes is 5 minutes, that is that distance which there passes the big arrow between figures. If now four hours, then what is the time are in five minutes? And through twenty?

9. Explain to the child that when there passed only fifteen or twenty minutes after three – say that now fifteen or twenty minutes of the fourth. And if to four twenty minutes are not enough, say: "Without twenty four".

10. After the child learns to be guided surely on the mechanical clock, explain to him what is meant by figures on the electronic clock. Usually the child quickly acquires it.

Author: «MirrorInfo» Dream Team