Analogue clocks have surprising benefits for young children’s developing brains
In the digital age, fewer households contain analogue clocks–the kind where the numbers go around in a circle. But analogue clocks have surprising benefits for young children’s developing minds, from an critical understanding or sense of where a certain time falls in the course of day (through the pictorial representation) to laying the foundations for math facts and number manipulation and even subjects such as social studies (organizing and producing time lines).
Depending on the child’s age, “further mathematical concepts can be applied, from counting by fives to understanding fractions—halves, quarters, thirds, even sixths and twelfths (think pizza slices)—and equivalent fractions.” Concepts such as “sixty seconds to a minute, sixty minutes to an hour, and twelve units of five minutes in one hour, or one full rotation, have tangible meaning and help to prepare the young brain for future applications in math and physics.”
Read the original article Can Your Child Picture Time? to find out how analogue clocks can be used in a household with preschool and school age children, how to foster independence, and even how you as a tired parent can get a little more sleep! (I developed the tape-up clock method myself, and believe me, it worked!)