Children are often told, “You have to be ready in 15 minutes”… but what is 15 minutes? It’s abstract for someone who can’t tell time!
What if going back to the basics, to the analog clock, used since the dawn of time1, could help children? To create in them a better understanding of routine, of managing their time and prevent anxiety2 in the face of change?
Because indeed, it is true that understanding the analog clock is complex. It calls upon notions of mathematics, memory and skill in situating oneself in space (before, after, direction of the hand’s movement, fractions, leaps of 5, etc.). However, the traditional clock is still a great tool, providing a global perspective of time, unlike the digital clock face.
Furthermore, research concludes that mastery of the analog clock must be acquired to achieve a true understanding of the concept of time passing.
Finally, being able to manage your time is also one of the 5 factors of social integration. Your child will need to manage his time with his exams at school, in order to plan his activities with his friends, his dates and when he is of working age. In short, there is no escaping it!
Good learning !
1Wikipedia, “Time,” https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heure, 30 July 2019
2Elisabeth Boily, Orthopedagogue, “Back to School: Strategies to Help Your Child Manage Anxiety“, <https://aidersonenfant.com/retour-a-lecole-strategies-aider-enfant-a-gerer-anxiete/>, Last updated: August 18, 2016