Each of us knows someone who has difficulty reading the time on an analog clock. Learning to read on a wall clock is indeed complex and involves elements of math, memorization and spatial skills. The analog clock structures logical thinking and incorporates a wide range of mathematical concepts: fractions, jumps of 5s, addition, subtraction, problem solving, and more.
In fact, studies have shown that a child who has major difficulty reading the time on an analog clock will experience difficulty in math later in their education. It is therefore an index of academic achievement in mathematics. Teachers, practitioners and parents should therefore be attentive to children in the first and second year of primary school, who have great difficulty in understanding the concept of the analog clock.
Teachers, practitioners and parents must therefore be attentive to children in the first and second year of primary school, who show great difficulty in understanding the concept of the analog clock. And being good at math is an investment for life! Here is a hard-hitting quote1 : “… difficulty in mathematics is a serious public health problem, leading to life-long academic and professional difficulties and placing financial burdens on society. Math skills explain the variance in employment, income and productivity at work … “.
The importance placed on this mathematical concept is often underestimated! Knowing how to tell time is one of the 5 prerequisites for independence and social integration2. Every parent wants their child to become independent. Your child will need to tell time: during exams at school, in order to plan activities, organize appointments and when he/she is old enough to work. Some young people need a visual aid to gain more independence in their routine3.
OLOfusion provides powerful time learning tools that make it easier to understand and teach the analog clock. Our goal is to help as many children as possible understand the concept of time and thus allow them to further develop their mathematical logic!
1Lynn S. Fuchs, Ph.D., “Strategies to Improve the Mathematical Development of Young Children,” <http://www.enfant-encyclopedie.com/sites/default/files/textes-experts/fr/125/strategies-visant-a-ameliorer-le-developpement-mathematique-des-jeunes-enfants.pdf >, March 2006
2Leland, H., & Shoaee, M. (1981). Adaptative behavior children’s scale. Ohio State University.
3Elisabeth Boily, Orthopedagogue, “Practical Tips to Help Your Child Plan Better,” <https://aidersonenfant.com/conseils-pratiques-pour-aider-son-enfant-a-mieux-planifier/>, Last updated: December 12, 2015