Learning about time
Keeping the Learning Going At Home: Measuring a minute
The following is an excerpt from an Irish Independent article you may find useful in helping your child learn about time.
Children often hear phrases such as, “Just a minute” or “I’ll be with you in a minute”. In reality how long is that “minute” ? 20 seconds, 50 seconds, a minute, 5 minutes, 20 minutes, longer?
Just a minute is a great challenge that helps children develop their understanding of how long a minute actually is. Very simply, children make a list of all the things that they think they can do in a minute. Ask them to make an estimate before each activity and to keep a record of what could be achieved in a minute.
Here are a few suggested activities to get you started:
● Write your name
● Hop on one foot
● Do jumping jacks
● Put pegs on a washing line
● Plait your hair
● Put Lego pieces together
● Stack blocks
● Run to the bottom of the garden and back
● Open and close your pencil case
● Hula hoop
● Click your fingers
● Clap your hands
● Say the alphabet
● Count by ones forward
● Count by ones backwards from 100
● Bounce a ball