I remember really struggling to learn to tell the time as a child and my Mum would spend hours teaching me. Alice is now at the age where she is starting to learn to tell the time, it is also part of her numeracy at school and she really wants to learn. Which is a big help.
I was recently contacted my EasyRead Time Teacher and asked if we would like to review their watches and when I looked at them, I thought they looked great for Alice. I wish they were around when I was younger.
Alice was very excited when she saw her watch and couldn’t wait to wear it and start using it.
There is two stages to telling the time and EasyRead Time Teacher have two versions of their watches for each stage.
The watch with the purple strap is the past and to watch, which you start with and then you progress onto the watch with the pink strap, which is the 24 hour watch.
It can be hard to teach someone to tell the time, but by using the watch I found it really easy to explain to Alice what she needed to do.
You read the number at the end of the long handle, then say which side the handle is on, ‘minutes to’ or ‘minutes past’ and then read the number at the end of the short hand.
Alice already understands how to tell the time when it’s half past or on the hour. It’s all the other times that she needed to learn and she quickly picked it up, using her watch. She said it’s comfortable to wear too.
Knowing that Alice is wearing her watch, I can randomly ask her what the time is throughout the day and she is learning without realising. My favourite kind.
Once they’ve grasped this method you can move onto stage 2 and the 24hour clock, this is normally when they reach age 8.
Telling the time is a life skill that everyone needs. Our whole lives are dedicated around time, we always need to be somewhere by a certain time and its important that we teach our children how to tell the time.
I’ve been really impressed with the EasyRead Time Teacher watch and Alice is really enjoying learning to tell the time with it.
The watches come in a range of different strap colours and are priced at £19.95. You can find the whole range here.
Disclosure: We were kindly sent our watches in return for an honest review. All views, opinions and photos are my own.