A lot of adults have problems understanding the concept of time. So, imagine the trouble that young kids have! There are many books, methods and theories about helping children tell time; but Jaime Tavera has written a book on helping children (and their parents) understand the concept of time. In her book, Being Patient Can Be Fun, she helps kids come up with activities to do while they wait.
In the case of patience and waiting, a little preparation can go a long way. If there is going to be a long wait, possibly at a doctor’s office for example, then having activities or books on hand can save a lot of annoyance and frustration.
Another tool we discussed was using a timer. A simple timer can teach several lessons. “Mom can read to you in five minutes”. The countdown helps children become acquainted with what five minutes look like. Kids can also come up with things they can do to occupy their time during that five minutes. From the parents perspective, it helps teach time integrity. If they tell their child five minutes, they should mean five minutes.
Karyn, Jean and Jaime had a great discussion on what the concept of time means, using small pockets of time and making time saving into a challenge or game.
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