In Supporting your Child

Age Range: F-6

Author: Cassandra Lowry


Learning to tell time on traditional clocks is a skill that all of us have had trouble with at some stage. Supporting your child at home is one way to encourage children to see learning to tell the time as an important part of their lives.

It sounds simple, but one of the easiest ways to support your child to learn time is to ensure you are discussing times at home. For example, rather than just saying “it’s bedtime” change this to “It’s seven-thirty, time for bed.”

Once your child becomes more familiar with the times of regular events or activities, encourage them to begin using a clock to tell you the time.

  • Ensure you have a simple analogue clock in your house (i.e. one with regular numbers and hands not Roman numerals or strokes, etc.)
  • Introduce your child to the features of a clock
  • Try to use the words hour and minute hand not just little and big hand
  • Encourage your child to describe time using both analogue and digital language, for example, half-past 10 is also ten-thirty and quarter to five is also four forty-five.

More ideas about ways to support your child to learn to tell the time can be found in the document below.

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