Monday, April 29, 2013

It's TIME!

That's right is time to teach TIME!  We are just getting started but there is definitely a wide gap in how much knowledge my kiddos have....from some who think it's "easy peasy lemon squeezy" (no kidding that is the exact words) to some who asked which hand is which.....see?  Large gap!  So today we started easy and are going to spend lots of time practicing! 

We started talking about the differences between analog and digital clocks.  Enter problem #1!  Our school opened 11 years ago and they installed ALL digital clocks.  That is a an elementary school....where we teach time. I mean come on people...way to make this TOO easy for the students!  In all seriousness, most clocks and watches these students see/have are all digital which is why some don't really get it when it comes to analog!  But despite our clocks (which all three of us lovely sisters cover up...yes we are mean), we will get them to be able to read the "other kind" of clock!

After discussing analog and digital, a.m. and p.m., which hand is which (trick....tell them the word hour is short just like the little hand and the word minute is long just like the big not rocket science but whatever helps it stick) we worked on telling time to the hour and half-hour.  We worked in a whole group then I gave them each Judy clocks and called out times they would have to hold up.  Next, we moved to partner work where they "quizzed" each other.  All simple but all great beginning practice and they love working in pairs! 

Stay tuned for upcoming time fun....


  1. I had one of mine tell our student teacher today- I can't tell time, just the oclocks and the 30s....{head shake}
    Going Nutty!

    1. of mine said we learned this last year! Look, it's honey, that would be 10:10.