The Original Time Timer® was invented by Jan Rogers in 1994 as a solution to help her young daughter understand the abstract concept of time and ease the stress associated with transitioning from one activity to the next. Since then, people from all walks of life, various areas of expertise, from all around the globe, have told us all the ways they use Time Timer products.
Success in the classroom.
Teachers around the world have discovered the power of the award-winning Time Timer to transform stressful transition periods, reduce resistance to routines and increase their ability to manage their classrooms.
The Time Timer helps students of all ages and abilities see and understand the passage of time. This provides them the opportunity to focus, which, in today’s challenging and chaotic learning environment, is not often easy to do. Isn’t that what you want for your classroom?
“When you have many children in the classroom it's often difficult to be able to meet the needs of all the children at once. So having this tool really provided a great relief when I couldn't be the one to provide the redirection.”
– Anita Calo, Educator
“I'll use the Time Timer during sensory breaks where the kids might be bouncing or jumping and their eyes may not be on it—so it's nice that you can turn on the timer and pair it with an auditory and visual component.”
– Jen O'Brien, Occupational Therapist
Here are some tips on how to use the Time Timer in a Montessori environment:
Introduce Time as a Concrete Concept
- Show what time looks like: “See” the minutes passing!
- Touch and feel time: Supervise children as they touch the disk.
- Discuss abstract ideas: Why does 5 minutes sometimes feel so long?
- Create pictures of time: Replace the numbered face with stickers.
Build Self-Directed Learning Skills
- Help each child determine how much time he or she needs to complete activities.
- See focus improve when a child can self-motivate by using the Time Timer at his desk and rug.
- Ease transitions by setting the timer for the last 30 minutes of a work cycle
Encourage Grace and Courtesy
- Rotate learning stations
- Ensure equal time for taking turns
- Get Clean up done more quickly
Recommended Classroom Time Management Tools
With a portable carrying handle, the PLUS
encourages students to carry the Time Timer to their activity or task. The PLUS is easy to set with a protective lens and is available in various durations – perfect for different activities or different ages (Available in 5-Min, 20-Min, 60-Min, 120-Min). Perfectly sized for individual or small group work.
Sized for individual work, the MOD
caters to the senses. Its soft silicone cover creates a softer sensory experience and the cover is available in various colors that can be switched out for different activities, students, or preferences.
Handwashing is an essential independent life skill that can be taught as early as 18 months. The Time Timer WASH
is a touchless, visual timer for handwashing that makes learning safe techniques intuitive and easily understood by all ages.
Intuitive Assistive Technology
Time Timer believes in creating products that truly help people of all ages and abilities to conquer time – in the classroom, in the home, and in the office. While time can be a challenge for everyone, we aim to provide intuitive and innovative solutions that make a real difference.
Time Timer is clinically proven to increase self-regulation
A study conducted by the Department of Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University found that children ages 2-4 years old showed a significant increase in self-regulation skills when the Time Timer® was used to facilitate their activity. Read the Research
How the Time Timer Works
Easy to Set:
To set a Time Timer, move the colored disk to the desired amount of time.
No Loud Ticking:
The time automatically begins to count down with no loud ticking.
Time Visually Disappears:
As time elapses, the colored disk disappears. The Time Timer operates in a clockwise direction.
Make Every Moment Count:
Time is up when the disk is gone!