Numeracy Intervention

Telling time is an important life skill that children need to learn how to do.

Clocks help us wake up in time for school, work or to catch a plane for a holiday. Clocks tell us when it's time for lunch, and alert us to when our favourite TV show is about to come on.


Ideas to help my child learn about time.   

  • Talk about events in terms of time. For example, it’s going to take about three minutes to cook this, so you might have time to butter some bread.
  • Look for different kinds of clocks and watches in the house. Ask your child if they are analogue or digital.
  • Have your child help you set a kitchen timer or an alarm clock.
  • Record special events on a calendar and talk about how many days or weeks before the event.
  • Watch athletics and swimming events and talk about the times the athletes are achieving in the events.
  • Locate the “use by” dates on groceries and discuss how many days left before the item should be used.
  • Being able to count by fives makes learning how to read an analogue clock much easier.
  • Teach elapsed time by posing problems. For example, you might say, 'I have to pick your brother up at karate at 6pm and it's a quarter past 5 now, so we have 45 minutes before we have to pick him up.' “Eventually, work your way up to letting your child solve a problem. For instance, you might tell her that a recipe takes about 45 minutes to make. Then you can ask her, "If you wanted to have eat it at 6:30pm, what time would you have to start making it?"
  • Don’t remind your child when it's time to watch their favourite TV show, or time to leave for sports practice, or when it's close to bedtime. Encourage them to work it out.  

Lyn Dennett

Numeracy Leader/F-4 Number Intervention Leader