Dear Mummy, I’m just learning to tell the time at school and you and daddy have been helping me with working sheets and educational free printables, however on a recent trip to the London Toy Fair you stumbled across a wonderful stand which makes the most beautiful clocks for children.
However these are no ordinary clocks, they are intended to help little ones, like me, read the time. Teaching the time is pretty hard for kids and we often draw pictures at school, so my mummy was on the hunt for other teaching aids we could use at home. Thankfully the EasyRead Time Teacher team which make these clocks were on hand to offer us support and send us a couple of pieces to review.
The EasyRead Time Teacher Clock comes in a range of colour ways and is perfect for hanging on my bedroom wall. The colours work well in my rainbow themed bedroom and I love the dial. It takes one AA battery and the clock face has been designed to make telling the time simple. My folks love the look of this and I recognised it straight away from my classroom, which also reinforces and helps support my visual learning at home.
Each half of the clock face is in a different colour band to show minutes past the hour (green) and minutes to the hour (red). Each section of the clock is broken down into number segments that kids can understand with five minute intervals and individual minutes between them. There’s also fifteen minute increments with the correct labelling – quarter past, half past, quarter to and o’clock.
The number and wording prompts on the clock face really help me understand the time and also aid my folks teaching me. It’s £24.95 which we think is a great investment for my learning. By the time I’m in Year 3 I want to be able to read the time easily and without help.
We were also sent the EasyRead Tell Teacher alarm clock which features an alarm clock, nightlight, snooze button and no ticking hands. Thankfully its super stealthy and has no annoying ticking, so I can drift off to sleep easily. The clock requires 3 x AA batteries which are not included. The clock comes in a range of colours and can also be purchased as a wall clock (as above) and a wrist watch.
Again the face of the clock mirrors our wall clock version and is split into two colours designed to help to distinguish between minutes past and minutes to the hour. The numbers are also broken down into individual minutes around the outside and are large enough to read in this smaller format.
The instructions included in the box were detailed and really easy to follow. I can’t wait to practice telling the time using the three-step time telling system. There’s a little instruction booklet that comes with both the versions of the clocks and it was even easy for me to follow.
I first read the number at the end of the long hand which ended at the minute numbers around the outside then I looked at the colour saying minutes past or minutes to and read the number at the little hand before putting it all together. The Easyread Time Teacher Alarm Clock is £21.95 and available to purchase on Amazon.
Time will tell (excuse the pun) whether this speeds up my learning and we’ll come back in another 6 months to update you on my progress (keep your eyes peeled on our comments section).