It seems like our schools are teaching less and less of the “basic” things we learned as kids, which means it’s up to us, as parents, to make our children realize how important these things are. I remember in school, I learned multiplication at the very beginning of third grade. My oldest is going into fifth grade, and they are just now teaching the multiplication tables to her. Luckily, she knows them fairly well already, but I think that the standardized tests have really put a halt to real learning. Now they are just learning for test purposes.
Anyway, telling time is something I think kids should learn at a young age, for many reasons. Mostly, my reasons are selfish. Instead of saying “is it almost lunch time” thirty-two times by 10AM, they can look at the clock and see that it’s only 10AM, so it’s almost snack time but no, it’s not lunch time. When it’s summer time and it doesn’t get dark until 9PM, I want them to realize that bed time is still at 8, so instead of saying “but it’s not dark out yet!”, they can look at the clock and know when bed time is.
While I’m not usually a hardcore advocate of kids and electronics, I think some apps can be educational and helpful to the learning process. So, if used in moderation, I’m 100% for them! :)
Now I Know Time
Learn to tell time with this affordable iTunes app. As an added bonus, there’s a roman numeral clock on this app, which makes it really unique.
Available for just $1 via iTunes.
This one is great, especially for kids that love animals. Your child gets to choose their favorite jungle animal and it is displayed on the clock. Start off basic by telling time by the hour, or challenge yourself with the harder levels. Correct answers get a neat surprise!
Available for $.99 via iTunes.
Interactive Telling Time
This multi-level interactive 5 star telling time app is great for kids just starting out, or those that need to brush up on their skills. The graphics are great, kinda reminds me of Blue’s Clues.
Available for $2.99 via iTunes.
This app is great because it makes it fun (with a flamingo, games, and a certificate!). If your child is resistant to learning, this is the one to try.
Available for $3 via play.google.com
I think each app has its perks, so it’s really up to personal preference. I tried the $.99 app first just because it was cheapest. I was happy with it but wanted others to compare it to, so I could write this post for you! :) I love The Fun Clock app – it’s fun because the kids don’t realize they’re learning.
I was not compensated for this post, and there are no affiliate links, I just wanted to share some cool stuff with you guys!