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

For more ideas and to read the full article, see https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/keeping-the-learning-going-at-home-measuring-a-minute-39160347.html

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