Hard to believe, isn’t it? People everywhere rely on Time Timer when it comes to almost anything related to time. Oh sure, if we’re talking about things like infinity or the space time continuum, it pretty much goes without saying that it will probably take more than the Time Timer to get these ideas across. But, with most things that don’t require some sort of advanced degree to understand, our timer is the tool of choice.
When was the last time that you tried to explain Daylight Savings Time to a child? Or even have a conversation about its purpose and merits with an adult? Are you starting to feel that dull throb right behind your eyes just thinking about it?
It’s coming! This Sunday, at 1:59:59 AM, in most locations in the U.S., all clocks that do not need to be changed manually will be programmed to jump back to 1:00 AM. Then when we drag ourselves out of bed, having lost a precious hour of sleep, we will have to run around and change the ones on the walls, microwaves, stoves, etc.
Is it worth it to get that extra hour of light in the evening? Maybe. Sure does make it harder to get up in the morning!
Whether it’s a good idea or not has been debated for more than 200 years, since Ben Franklin, while serving as the American delegate to Paris, suggested it in an essay that was really poking fun at the French habit of staying up all night and sleeping through the morning. It was first seriously put into practice by the Germans in World War I as a way to conserve coal and has been legislated into law and then frequently repealed by countries all over the planet ever since. Many studies have been done on whether DST saves money and resources. Most of them contradict each other.
For now, here in the United States, it’s the law of the land (except, of course, in Arizona, Hawaii and most U.S. territories). So how do you explain it to a child? With a Time Timer within reach, it’s a snap to show “how long” an hour is. Your little ones can watch the hour go as the red disk gets smaller and smaller with each passing minute. But how do you get them to see an hour that just goes “poof” and disappears? That is basically stolen from the day?
Even if you could turn the dial on the Time Timer backwards (please, don’t try this!!!), the timer is designed to show the passage of time, not its immediate disappearance. I don’t know, maybe it’s so hard to explain because there’s just something about this practice that doesn’t feel “right”. Maybe even a bit disingenuous?
The good news is that we do get this hour back in the fall. Who doesn’t love that night? And, the rest of the year we can focus on time concepts that are real and affect us every single day. The Time Timer may not be able to help you out with Daylight Savings Time, but when it comes to giving your child a solid foundation in understanding time, especially the concept of elapsed time, we are the experts.
Does your child struggle with grasping “how much time is left?” Or, “how long until we leave?” Does he have trouble knowing when it’s time to go to bed or how long her turn is on the computer? Effective time management is a vital skill and parents and teachers all over the world are using the Time Timer to help their children navigate these challenges every day.
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Routines are repeated actions that have to be done on a daily basis. These actions usually, but not always, have to be followed in a sequence. Examples of routines include morning routines (wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, put school lunch in backpack, etc.) and evening routines (eat dinner, bath, put on pajamas, brush teeth, read a story, etc.).
Routines are comforting to children – they begin to internalize what needs to be done and what is expected of them.
Challenge: Many children understand what is expected of them, but they cannot remember all the required steps. Time eludes them and what should take five minutes ends up taking 25 minutes and tasks are often not successfully completed.
Solution: Use the Time Timer PLUS in conjunction with a mini routine binder.
When children’s to-do checklists are not located in the room where they are doing each task, it is difficult for them to know what to do next in their routines. They have to constantly return to where the checklist is located, which essentially wastes time. And more often than not, children get distracted on their way to review their checklists. The Time Timer PLUS in combination with a portable mini binder solves this problem.
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The advantages of these two time-management systems are that they are both: (a) visual, and (b) portable.
About Paula Berman
Paula Berman is the owner of Paula Berman Organizing (paulabermanorganizing.com
) located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She blogs (paulabermanorganizing.com/blog/
) on productivity and organization. She has a special interest in working with families and individuals who are looking to declutter and streamline their lives.
This summer, I began teaching third grade at San Jeronimo Bilingual School. The school is a partnership between Honduran teachers, English-speaking volunteer teachers, and families looking for a high-quality billingual education for their children. In Honduras, the ability to speak in Spanish and English greatly increases your chances for finding employment and entering institutions of higher education.
Many families pay their school fees through a work-exchange--they donate a certain number of hour each month to helping at the school. This gives the school a strong community-oriented feeling, as there are parents, grandparents, siblings, and cousins coming in all the time to help out and check on their children.
Teachers here have to do a lot with a small amount of resources. Having worked in a school in the States that uses Time Timers, I knew I needed one in my new classroom! And so with the donation of Time Timers, I've been able to help students learn to manage their time--and it's helped keep me on track, too. Using Time Timers allows me to give students more independence. Our school day is really demanding--student take most of their classes in English, which is their second language.
The Time Timer often helps me allay their anxieties about the seemingly-endless amount of work: I set it to let them know when we'll be moving on to a new activity, and when they'll get to have snack break, recess, lunch, and P.E. The smaller Time Timers allow students to time themselves, and help me differentiate class work by giving students timed, leveled activities.
Yeal Kiken is a teacher who is spending the year in Honduras teaching third graders. Before that, she was teaching in Washington DC.