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Detailed instructions

1. Past and to:

The traditional English language method expresses time as 'minutes past' and 'minutes to' the hour. This method is used in many countries alongside the 12 & 24 hour format for timetables

Teaching a child to tell the time in ‘minutes past and to the hour’ requires a 3-Step Time Teaching System:

Step 1: 

Read the number at the end of the long hand 

'...8'

 

Step 2: 

Say which side the long hand is pointing to:

'minutes to' pink side, 'minutes past' green side

'....minutes to' 

Step 3:

Read the number at the end of the short hand

'...2'

Put it all together:

'...8 minutes to 2'Read the number at the end of the short hand

It really is that easy!

Now practise until the 3 steps become second nature.

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2. 12 & 24 Hour

The 12 & 24 hour time format is used for transport timetables in every country of the world. In some countries, it's used exclusively. 

Teaching a child to tell the time in '12/24-hour' time requires a 2-step Time Teaching System:

 Step 1: 

Read the number in the section at the end of the short hand. 

'...1'

('...13' after noon)

 

 

Step 2:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the number at the end of the long hand

'..52'

Put it all together:

'...1:52'

('13:52' after noon)

Now practise the 2 steps until your child is confident!

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Still having trouble? Here's some videos for you to watch:

Past & To

12 & 24 Hour

 

 

 

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