We will move our clocks back one hour for Fall Back daylight saving time on November 3 this year. Children love to use clocks, and using experience of setting our clocks back can be a great way to practice some math skills that your child is learning in kindergarten. Early childhood educators encourage parents to use experiences at home to enhance the learning activities that young children are learning everyday in the classroom, and using a clock can generate practice for many math skills that are included in the document Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood.
The Common Core standards for kindergarten include counting by 1's and 10's, naming and writing numbers, and counting forward from a given number within a sequence instead of going back to 1 and counting. Using a clock can help young children practice all of these skills. Start by having your child count from 1-12 around the clock. Then create a fun game by selecting a number such as 5 and having the child count from 5 around the clock in sequence. Select several numbers in a game of counting from the selected number and your child will improve in counting forward from any given number. Naming numbers at random on the clock gives your child practice in this Common Core skill for kindergarten math. Your child might also like to practice writing the numbers on the clock. The Common Core skill of counting by 10's can also be practiced by using the clock.
The Sarasota County schools are using the Common Core skills in early childhood classrooms. Parents can access the definition of what the Common Core means for curriculum by visiting SarasotaCountySchools.net.
Get ready for Daylight Saving Fall Back time this weekend and help your child practice important math skills with a fun tool. The Tic Toc Time app for your iphone can also be a fun way to practice telling time. Check out the included video for a fun activity demonstration.