Telling time is an important life skill to teach kids. Analog, in particular, isn’t exactly intuitive.
Rather than just go over telling time once and be done, I decided to make a whole unit out of teaching the boys to read time, and I’m glad I did. Hopefully, it’s reinforced the concept so that the information stays with them.
One funny story: I decided to put a couple of books on hold at the library, and while I thought I had a specific book, I couldn’t find it, and my husband swore we didn’t have it.
Well… I put Me Counting Time on hold, and the same day as we were alerted to go pick it up at the library, we found that book! Yep. I checked out a book that we already owned. It actually worked out pretty well. I was able to read it to Oliver while Evan read it to himself.
So, I gathered a whole bunch of materials from various locations. I also found quite a few resources online for teaching time to kids, which I will include at the end of this post.
Resources we used to teach the kids to tell time:
- Flash Cards from Target’s Dollar Spot (not pictured)
- Book: Me Counting Time
- Book: DK Readers Telling Time
- Usborne Wipe Clean Telling the Time
- Kumon My Book of Easy Telling Time
- Scholastic Success with Math, Grade One (about 4 pages at the end of the workbook)
- Scholastic Math Mats & Games: Time
The Usborne Wipe Clean Telling the Time book was super helpful. Both of the books we picked up (Me Counting Time and DK Readers Telling Time)
We will continue to go over time and reading clocks for
Resources for Teaching Time
From Teachers Pay Teachers:
- Print, Play, LEARN! Telling Time Games
- Telling Time Games and Worksheets
- clock file folder task ** Free at time of writing this post
- Telling Time Personal Clock ** Free at time of writing this post