Teaching Your Child How to Tell Time

Teaching Your Child How to Tell Time

Use these tips to help your child learn about (and tell) time!

Even at five years old, it is still often difficult for kids to understand what an hour is much less a day or a year. To help children grasp the concept of time and to begin teaching them how to tell the time, take a look at our tips and information!

While kids quickly grasp the concept of space, they find it harder to understand how time passes. Most children start to become aware of this concept between the ages of four and five, regularly asking their parents “When will it be tomorrow?” or “Is it morning or evening” and “Is it winter?”

Different Stages
Young children begin by identifying the daytime through key indicating moments: breakfast, going to day care or school, lunch, dinner, bedtime, etc. It is up to you to emphasize these by explaining, for example, “You are putting on your pajamas, so this is nighttime.”

As they reach the age of five, they will learn the names of the days of the week, the months and the seasons. When they start elementary school, they will familiarize themselves with the calendar and use words such as "tomorrow and "yesterday" correctly.

This grasp varies, however, depending on the child: At six years old, some know how to use a timetable while others still do not know the order of the days of the week!

There’s no need for you to be worried if your child is still in the learning process.


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Helping Your Child to Grasp the Concept of Time
To help your child understand how time passes, show them pictures of their close relatives when they were younger. Seeing their father as a child will help them grasp this concept.

To ensure your child does not confuse the different seasons, create a picture together for each one. Cut pictures out of magazines and stick them to sheets of white paper: sun and swimwear for summer, snow and scarves for winter, etc.

Learning How to Tell the Time
Do not put pressure on your child too early! This is difficult to learn and will happen over time — usually between the ages of six and eight.

To help your child become familiar with clocks, give them an educational watch with different colored hands indicating the minutes and hours. Try to avoid digital watches: Your child will have no interest in learning to tell the time on a clock!

There are also many clock books featuring children’s favorite characters. The idea? Telling stories while turning the hands of a clock. These books help children to learn about the different stages in the day and the times that correspond to them.

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