Who else sat slightly agog at the sight of Joey Essex being taught the time whilst camped in the jungle on “I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of here”?
My current parenting project is teaching my almost 6 year old the time. Although Joey is charming, it seems a shame to get to reach adulthood without being able to read an analogue clock.
We began by reading the book “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?” it’s a simple format. Mr Wolf get’s up at 7 o’clock, has breakfast at 8 o’clock and on it goes on charting his day by the hour. For my almost 6 year old it’s given him a framework to understand the basis of time.
Having asked on twitter, how best to teach the time, I was recommended various resources including; time games, apps, learning clocks and learning watches.
What’s working for us is a time-learners wrist watch we’ve been sent by Tikkers.
It’s a cool design; my son’s choice was black with a skull design. The watch has clear numbers and a seconds hand. The clever addition is the outer dial, with the minutes marked on it, which enables me to show him how the minutes work in combination with the numbers.
“The big hand is pointed to the four and on the outside it is pointed to the 20. When the big hand is on the four it means it is 20 past the hour. The hour is where the little hand is pointed”.
Telling the time, is skill easily taken for granted, explaining it in a simple format understandable to a child and it suddenly seems less simple. The format of the watch has benefited his grasp of the time.
Unlike some of the other suggested learning resources it’s in a format that’s portable. Where ever he is he can check the time, at home it’s with me and at school he asks his teacher. Which gives him a clear sense of how time works through the day. He likes it because it’s “grown up and cool”. Since getting the watch a few day’s ago he has mastered o’clock and half past.
The watch is splash proof and has a comfortable and adjustable rubber strap. It comes in a presentation box.
Watches make great, lasting, Christmas presents. Tikkers are suited to children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Tikkers can be purchased on-line and on the high street.
John Lewis, H Samuel, Debenhams, Fenwick Newcastle and Bentalls Kingston
Recommended Retail Price is around £14.99.
The watches come in a range of colours and styles from twinkling butterflies to skulls and footballs. There is also a range of character watches; Hello Kitty, Mr Men & Little Misses and Moshi Monster.
I’m giving away a Moshi Monster Watch as illustrated below. It would make a brilliant Christmas gift for a Moshi Monster fan.
THIS GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is displayed below. Sherri M. Congratulations.
Giveaway Terms & Conditions:
Please read the terms and conditions.
The giveaway starts on 21st November 2013 and closes Midnight (GMT) 28th November 2013.
The winner will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Rafflecopter and notified within 24 hours. Failure to claim the prize within 5 days of being notified will result in a new winner being chosen.
The winner must have fulfilled the mandatory requirements which is:
Post a comment on this blog post, telling me your favourite time of day.
Like Helloitsgemma Facebook Page.
Complete the Rafflecopter widget to say you’ve done so.
An additional entry is to Tweet about the giveaway.
The competition is open to UK entrants only.
The give away prize is one Moshi Monsters Watch as illustrated above.
The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and no cash alternative will not be offered.
The promoter of the give away is Tikkers and the watch will be provided and forwarded by Tikkers.
How to enter
All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment box on this post with your favorite time of day and Like the Helloitsgemma facebook page.
For additional entries: Tweet about the giveaway.
Don’t forget to click on the Rafflecopter widget to confirm you’ve done this, or your entry won’t be valid.
Discloure: Tikkers provided a watch for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own.