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In this modern time where everything is digital, analog/round clocks are considered ancient and outdated – so why bother teaching kids to tell time using it?
There are some benefits of learning to read an analog clock – and it is not just so that a kid can tell time, but to learn math concepts and also to apply math concepts.
Here are some math skills that they can learn from reading an analog clock:
Reading analog clocks is an important life skill, even in the future. You use it or you lose it. Just like doing simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – if you rely on calculator all the time you will lose your skill.
Telling time skills “checklist”
Teaching kids to tell time using analog clocks should start early.
Eventually, students need to learn to deal with both systems: analog and digital clock. Make sure your child gets lots of practice in telling time especially in dealing with analog clocks.
Some schools in the U.K. have chosen to get rid of analog clocks, but not schools in the U.S. and Canada. Telling time using analog clocks involves complex mathematical manipulations – unlearning this skill would mean a missed opportunity for students to learn important life skills and real-world context.
Digital timepieces definitely have their place, after students have learned all of the benefits that can be derived from learning the ins and outs of reading an analog clock.
If your child doesn’t know how to tell time on an analog clock yet, maybe it’d be an interesting & fun activity to let them play with it and learn the skill during this summer ðŸ˜Š
Mathnasium of Red Deer is your neighbourhood’s math-only learning centre, and we are here to help your child. Our centre director, Riwan, and the whole team, would be happy to meet you! We are conveniently located in the shopping destination area in Red Deer: 5250 22nd St, Unit 30 B – at the Gaetz Avenue Crossing shopping centre, in the same area as Chapters Indigo/Starbucks, Michael Arts, Petland and Ashley, and the phone number is 403-872 MATH (6284).
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