Telling and writing time to the nearest minute and measuring time intervals in minutes develops well with lots of practice.
Provide many opportunities often so that your children may investigate freely, examine extensively and formulate time relationships. These will be key to them developing confidence with time concepts.
When children are learning to tell time, the concept of the hour hand moving along with the minute and second hand is difficult for them to understand as these three hands move at different speeds. Using a real clock so that your children can see the hour, minute and second hands moving around the clock will help then to grasp the concept of telling time to the nearest second, minute and hour.
To help children make the connections with different times, they need to compare intervals of time. The following activities will fine tune their predicting skills and help them to see relationships between intervals of time. Do the activities often so that your children may be taken to a deeper level of the understanding of time.
Objective: Your children will be able to read time to the minute.
Try the Telling Time To the Nearest Minute Worksheet and have your children match the Clock faces with the correct time.
Try the Showing Time To the Nearest Minute Worksheet and where your children should mark the hours and minutes hands on Clock faces to show the correct time.
Or have a game of Time Dominos for more practice with telling time to the nearest minute.
You will find lots more time worksheets here and you might also find these tips for helping your children with time helpful too.
Extend your children's knowledge of time by comparing ages in your family and friends. How much time did it take to get to that age? What is the difference between your age and mine? How old is the dog? What year was he born? Discuss time in the broader sense. Discuss how a day is measured. A week. A year. Always keep in mind that you do not want to push your children to where you have lost them or frustrated them. They are young yet and you have to be aware of their cognitive development as well as their maturity level. Only discuss what you believe they can comprehend. You will have to go with your gut instinct.