3 Great Books for Teaching Children About Time!

Published May 29, 2012

Does your little one struggle to understand time? So did ours!

When children understand time, they gain the skills and confidence to:

   + Know what "five more minutes, then it's bedtime" actually means

   + Finish their meals and homework on time... without your constant prompting

   + Take turns and wait patiently

   + Understand the purpose of a "time-out," and use that time to calm down and relax

   + Be aware of the value of time

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These 3 great books can help you and the children in your life explore the concept of time. 

1. Telling Time with Big Mama Cat

Help Big Mama Cat stick to her busy schedule! As you read about Mama Cat's day, your child can move the hand's on the book's clock to show what time it is. Soon your child will learn to not only tell time on an analog clock, but also anticipate what your family's schedule will be at different times of day. 

Help your child think about time by asking: What does Mama Cat do in the morning? What does our family do in the morning? What does "afternoon" mean? When do you think evening starts? 

Your Time Timer can help! The red disk mirrors the minute hand of an analog clock. So, set your Time Timer for ten minutes and place it next to the clock. Show your child what time it will be in ten minutes.  

2. Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection

"How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?"

                          -- Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss's Beginner BookTime is far more than numbers on a clock! When you're teaching children about time, Dr. Seuss's funny books can help you discuss how time "feels." The beloved children's author has a gift for really making us think about how we perceive the world. 

As you read the book, ask your child: Does time move quickly or slowly? Why does five minutes of homework feel like forever, but a fun-filled day at Disney World can pass like a blur? Does time really "fly" when you're having fun?

This discussion is also a great way to get to know your child and understand how she sees the world!

After reading the book, examine your child's Time Timer. Watch the red disk gradually disappear and show your child that even though time seems to "fly" or "crawl," it's actually a constant. Over time, this lesson can be very reassuring and calming for your child. 

3. Winnie the Pooh Collection

"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you."

                                        -- Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh can help you teach your child about time!We've learned the numbers on the clock, and we've discussed how time feels. Now it's time for the BIG questions about time! 

Winnie-the-Pooh and his best mate Piglet promise to be friends forever. They're always there for each other. Ask your child: What does "forever" mean to you? What does it mean to have a life-long friendship, to make a promise? What do "always" and "never" mean? What does your faith teach about the nature of time? 

Children often find these questions fascinating. Discussing the answers in the context of Pooh & Piglet's friendship helps even very young pre-schoolers start to think about the answers in a real-world way!

Your Time Timer can help too. If your child makes a promise to always clean his room every morning, then his Time Timer can help him set aside enough time before breakfast to keep that promise. 

How do you teach your children about time? Recommend your favorite books & ideas in the comments or on Facebook


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