I'm teaching my 6 year old how to tell the time. She can read analogue clocks comfortably.
We want her to be able to tell the time so when she wakes, if the time is past 6:15 then she is allowed to get up. So I'm trying to help her understand what time is in relation to this time (is it before or after). If I ask her the following questions
- Is ten past five before or after quarter past six
- Is seven thirty before or after quarter past six
Then she gets them right because (I think) she works the answer out by the hour (in the first example it's 5 which is before 6, in the second example the hour is 7 which is after 6).
The issue I have is if I ask her the following
- Is five minutes to six before or after quarter past six
This type of question, where the hour remains at 6, tricks her and she guesses the answer.
A clock with moveable hands does not help as she'll happily spin the clock round a dozen times to show it was after as she's moved the clock hands forward!!
Is there a common way (ideally visual) to teach children this concept?