Learning the clock. My son is getting interested in time and he really wants to learn to read the clock. Obviously, he must first get is head around the concept of a 24-hour day, even though he only sees the numbers 1-12 on a regular analogue clock.
Concept of a 2×12 hour day
I thought a colouring sheet would help, so I drew a simple clock. It is divided into 12 equal parts and displays the numbers 1 to 12. I also added the numbers 13-24, so you can relate the relevant numbers to one another. This really helps to understand the concept of a ‘2×12’ hour day. For example, you can easily see that 13h is ‘One o’clock’.
The colouring sheets make you sit down and take your time to grasp the concept. This is why I really like educational colouring pages. You could even consider to print the file twice to cover the first 12 hours (0-12h) and the second 12 hours (13-24h), using relevant colours to colour the sky. For example, you can use yellow colours for the bright daylight hours and dark blue colours to colour the night. Draw stars if you must!
Please have a look at a simple animation of the clock, also a great (even better?) learning tool. This video very clearly shows how 24 hours fit in a day. It clearly shows how the big and small hand relate to each other and indicates key time points of the day.
For more educational tools, please have a look at the schematic overview of the year, where the weeks, months, seasons and the year to each other are related to each other. Please find the overview of the year here.