As parents we can be eager to teach as much as we know to our children – after all that is our job! Their brains are like sponges, picking up and absorbing all the things around them. Being a parent and being part of your child’s learning journey is as exciting for you as it is for them! Knowing what to teach children when though can be tricky and this is more evident in complex topics such as time.
It can be really frustrating when you feel that your child should be able to tell the time, but they can’t. It’s important though not to press them before they are ready, and whilst you may feel they are ready, they may not yet have some of the basic skills needed in telling the time.
Whilst you can and should talk about time with your children, expecting them to be able to tell the time before they have the right foundations just won’t work. We all know that anything built on rocky foundations is a risky way to build!
The Aramazu ‘Learn to Tell The Time’ stories come in a pack of 3 books, that work alongside your child’s learning, gently introducing the concept of time as the skills they need to tell the time are developing. Book number 1 ‘The Land That Ran Out of Time’ is a fun story about what life is like without time. This can be read to children of any age and is a great introduction to time.
Foundation Stone 1 – Do they recognise numbers 1-12?
A good time to move through to the second book in the Aramazu is once your child can count to 12. If they can say the right number when they look at where a hand is pointing on a clock you know you are on your way. Book number 2 is called ‘Finding the Hours’ and being able to recognise what the numbers 1 through to 12 are will help them get the most from the book.
Foundation Stone 2 – Can they count to 60?
There are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour. Once your child can count to 60 they are the next step along their time learning journey. This is where Book 3 comes in to play. ‘Finding the minutes’ introduces your child to the special code that they can use to tell the time on Mountain Clock, before they become confident enough to read a real clock.
The Aramazu Mountain Clock method is a revolutionary way of learning to tell the time, using logic that a child can understand. Telling the time can be a difficult skill to acquire, but it’s an important part of growing up.