I onced tried to teach my eldest son telling time when he was 6 or 7, but I think he wasn’t ready yet.
Until recently he managed to do multiplication, time table of 5s, then I think this might be the time he is ready.
And thankfully Alhamdulillah, he’s not only understood how to read the 5 minutes interval, but also the 1-minute interval on the clock.
It was so much easy when he’s ready. So lesson learnt for me, for our girls, I won’t force them anymore, but I will make it fun, and let them do one thing at a time. It doesn’t hurt if only by 8-years old you know how to read the clock.
So let me share with you our simple activity, spontaneous.
Draw the clock
First, we draw the clock.
For the clock’s hand, I used his play dough. I put different alphabet for minutes hand and hour hands so he can understand the difference.
Next, I teach him about those other minutes. I showed him 1-4 minutes, then he continued the rest until 60 minutes.
During this time, I tested him using the clock hands, what time is it now.
To help him understand further, I asked him to make the clock for our prayer time.
We are muslim. We have 5 prayers a day, and each prayer has it’s own time.
I wrote down those time, and Muhammad drew the clock and it’s time.
And here are the compilation of all those prayer time.
I am so proud of him!
Later he put those prayer time on the wall, one set at the kids’ lounge wall, another set in his room.