Brilliant clock which teaches time to kids in a fun and interactive way.
A working clock that teaches children to tell the time in a fun way
Specially designed for children, Time Teacher is a robust educational learn- and play clock, combining an unbreakable thermo-plastic body with wooden cubes. Instead of a conventional dial face there are 12 cavities, each containing a removable cube. Each of the 6 sides of the cube provide a valuable teaching aid for the comprehension of time; including conventional analogue numerals, fractions, Roman numerals, digital, 5 minute steps, the 24 hour clock and a quantity method using dots and circles. Children can also create their own personal clock by using the self-adhesive pictures to relate to the daily events in their lives. Removing and inserting the wooden cubes will develop the skills of little hands and they can also move the hour and minute hands without damaging the quarz movement. For educational use the clock stands at a 40 degree angle. And when learning and playing is over for the day Time Teacher transforms into a wall-mounted quarz clock. There’s nothing that explains time like Time Teacher.
Quality quarz movement
Battery operated (AA Alkaline 1.5V – not included)
Free standing or wall mounted
Conventional dial face replaced with 12 cavities containing 12 non toxic wooden cubes (300mm square)
Unbreakable thermoplastic housing (30 cm x 30 cm / 11 5/8″ x 11 5/8″)
Manual movement of hands does not damage quarz system
Conforms to EN71-3 standard (European Standard for Safety of Toys)
12 Multi-printed removable wooden cubes that show:
Conventional analogue numbers 1 – 12
Roman Numerals: I – XII
5 minute steps: 5 – 60 minutes
24 Hour: the day consists of 2 x 12 hours
Create your own clock with:
Self-adhesive pictures of a child’s daily activities
Fractions of hours: quarter past, half past, etc
Increasing quantity in relation to numerals
THE TIME TEACHING CONCEPT
What makes the TIME-TEACHING-CONCEPT unique, are the two steps of interrelated learning: Step 1: Learn 8 different time elements through demonstration with the Educational Learn- and Play clock TIME TEACHER. Step 2: Use the TIME TEACHER as an actively used classroom clock. Each week a different child is the ‘Master of Time’. At the start of each day of the week the ‘Master of Time’ changes the wooden cubs to a new time element. There are a number of educational aids and teaching clocks available on the market – but there is only one TIME-TEACHING-CONCEPT.
Discovery of time
block-discovery Associating events of the day with specific times (e.g. 7 o’clock dad comes home from work, etc) is the way a child begins to understand the concept of time. Time Teacher contains self-adhesive pictures showing typical activities throughout the day that allows children to create their own personal clock.
The conventional clock has 12 hours…
block-12hours Because children can remove the cubes from 1 o’clock to 12 o’clock in order, they gain an understanding of our time system and the logical sequence of numbers from 1 to 12. It’s also fun and there is a great sense of achievement once the correct sequence has been learnt.
…but the day consists of 24.
Children quickly grasp the clock’s best secret; the day consists of 2 x 12 hours. So when the hour hand points to 9 o’clock it can also be the 20th hour of the day. That’s why Time Teacher has two different coloured backgrounds to relate to the time of day.
The hour is divided into 4 fractions
block-4fractions Adults use simple fractions to describe the 4 equal time periods in the hour. The children can discover that 4 quarter segments make up 1 hour (e.g. quarter past one, half past one, quarter to two, two o’clock).
One hour consists of 60 minutes.
block-60mins The 12 cubes of the clock divide the hour into 5 minute segments. This builds up children’s understanding of there being 60 minutes in any hour and eventually seconds into minutes. Therefore: 12 cubes = 12 x 5 minutes = 60 minutes = 1 hour.
The sequence of time through a 12 hour cycle.
block-dots To help children understand the passing of time, a game of dots and circles has been devised. As they go round the clock from 1 to 12 they can detect an increase in the dots and a decrease in the circles.
Roman Numerals – still a popular way of displaying time.
block-roman Many clocks still use Roman Numerals as a characteristic design feature.
block-digital Digital time can be simulated by using 2 cubes, e.g. numbers 2 and 10. Placed next to each other as shown, they represent the digital readout in relation to the position of the analogue hands.