We don’t actually have a proper clock in our house and I rarely wear a watch tending to rely on my phone for time checks or occasionally asking Ben to read out the numbers on the timer in the kitchen. However learning to tell them time using an analogue clock is an important life skill. (Of course there are some benefits to your child not being able to tell the time . . . cheeky early bedtime / lie in anyone?)
Although the expectation is that Year 1 children should be able to tell the time using o’clock and half past, Ben has been able to read the time to quarter of an hour for quite a while now. He’s been telling me “It’s after half past” or “nearly quarter to” – so we decided it was high time we taught him to read the time in 5 minute increments.
The Lulu Teaching Wall Clock from Room to Grow is ideal for taking this next step in learning to tell the time. Aside from being gorgeous to look at with it’s bright red plastic case and rainbow numbers, the face features an inner circle of words and numbers to explain what the minute hand is pointing to. Ben was already pretty confident with the to / past thing so it has literally just been a case of reminding him to read the inside number. He’s doing really well and since we’ve put the clock up in the playroom he often comes to tell us the time or is happy to go and check if we ask him. It might take him a moment or two but mostly he comes back with the answer bang on.
I’m hoping that by the time he goes back to school in September he’ll be able to read the time confidently on a normal analogue clock too!
As we decided to put the clock up in the playroom rather than Ben’s bedroom Chloe has started to take an interest in telling the time too. Each time we ask Ben she likes to come back and tell us “The big hand is pointing to . . . and the little hand is pointing to . . . ” which, aside from being great for her number recognition, is a great head start for her!
Basically the clock is really very nice to look and it absolutely does the job it’s designed for – all for the bargain price of less than £20. It’s a winner and I’m thrilled to have added it to our playroom!
*Disclaimer – We were sent the clock free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*