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When should a child be able to tell the time?

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taylorsmummy2004 Thu 30-Jul-09 20:48:18

I am currently teaching my 4yr old DD to tell the time before she starts school this year, how far should i go??

slowreadingprogress Thu 30-Jul-09 20:58:50

Cease. Desist.

Leave it. You want to be able to say "It's bedtime" at 5pm for as long as possible wink

taylorsmummy2004 Thu 30-Jul-09 21:07:21

Haha, she is a really good kid, sticks to a good routine and is no trouble going to bed, she sits there and waits til i'm up in the mornings!

I have only taught her the o'clocks, she had a workbook and eantedto do the whole thing (!) but i am pacing her!

danthe4th Thu 30-Jul-09 23:33:23

Oh great now I feel guilty, my 7 year old ds can't tell the time with a proper clock yet, he can just about manage a digital, I haven't even bothered with my 4 year old ds. I'm sure I had done by now with my 2 dd's.
Ok so thats another job for the holidays!!!!

OrangeFish Thu 30-Jul-09 23:39:58

DS is 6 and can't, yet he reads at a level of a 9 year old and is 2 years advanced in maths. All that totally useless as he is not competing for a place in a prestigious university yet and someway distances him from his peers in a not very positive way.

Let her enjoy that lovely ignorant time, it goes so fast!

cat64 Thu 30-Jul-09 23:44:48

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hmc Fri 31-Jul-09 00:03:41

My dd is still vvvv unreliable with the time (vague idea, bit inaccurate). Literacy and numeracy more important. It's not like she has to rush off for a meeting or something wink

hmc Fri 31-Jul-09 00:03:58

She has just turned 7 btw

cornsillk Fri 31-Jul-09 00:21:23

4 years old is very young.

hmc Fri 31-Jul-09 00:22:56

Hello c**t wink grin

Ahem, sorry about that t'other night

cornsillk Fri 31-Jul-09 00:24:25

lol hmc - is that to me?

hmc Fri 31-Jul-09 00:25:57

Yes!

alypaly Fri 31-Jul-09 00:28:40

go as far as you want, childrens brains are like sponges, the more you throw at them the more the absorb. Their capacity for learning new things is beter than yours or mine. She will only take in was she is capable of...but go easy ..dont force it... i did flash cards and my son was able to read simple things at 3 when he went to school.He learnt parrot fashion and almost photographic recognition but he learnt things ever so quickly. Make it a game and get her to choose the flash cards or pictures of clocks..grin

cornsillk Fri 31-Jul-09 00:29:24

It was funny - I hadn't spoken to you before (I don't think!) Always nice to make a new acquaintance! grin

FAQtothefuture Fri 31-Jul-09 00:30:09

DS1 is 8 (nearly 9) - has just finished YR3 and has just grasped 1/4 to/past this year

DS1 is 5 (6 in November) and has been doing the o'clocks since he was at nursery, learned the 1/2's before Christmas and has now almost mastered the 1/4's as well. shock!

hmc Fri 31-Jul-09 00:30:54

Yes, and whilst you are at it, what about a bit of cantonese hmm

Let her play with megablocs and toy food, for heavens sake.

hmc Fri 31-Jul-09 00:31:50

Indeed cornsillk, indeed. And didn't we get off to a flying start wink

FAQtothefuture Fri 31-Jul-09 00:33:52

oh and we've only had a visible clock with "numbers" on it - (as opposed to roman numerals) for a few months - so DS2 taught himself (wasn't anything to do with me grin) the "o'clocks" and "half pasts" without the actual numbers to look at.

Mind he's a bit of an oddity with "maths" related things............I had him in a strop earlier today because I wouldn't let him start on the KS2 Bitesize maths......hmm

FAQtothefuture Fri 31-Jul-09 00:34:16

I think DS1 is more "normal" in terms of telling the time age

hmc Fri 31-Jul-09 00:34:53

Lol FAQ!

cornsillk Fri 31-Jul-09 00:35:42

hmc - I 'll remember you anyway! grin

BolshyInsomniacCow Fri 31-Jul-09 00:38:28

How could you not - I'm the one with the hairy mangina!

See you around

BolshyInsomniacCow Fri 31-Jul-09 00:39:21

(Do you like new name? - think it suits me, back to hmc tomorrow though when I've got day time rationality back in place)

FAQtothefuture Fri 31-Jul-09 00:40:53

hmc is true grin

(actually DS2 could probably do some of the KS2 maths but I don't want DS1 to get upset when DS2 is doing better at him on some of them. He (DS2) already frequently looks over DS1's shoulder and tells him the answer....and DS1 isn't bad at Maths blushgrin)

cornsillk Fri 31-Jul-09 00:41:12

I prefer hairymangina actually grin
What is time rationality and should I know this?

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