My child, now four (soon five) years old, is interested in time, knowing what time it is and how long until something happens. We do not, at the moment, have analog clocks and a digital clock is not very convenient, especially since it shows time in the usual 24 hour manner, whereas we often say that "clock is seven" (word-for word translation) when the time is 7:00 or 19:00.
The other problem is the lack of concreteness; two-digit numbers and the symbol ":" as a separator between hours and minutes, and the idea that once the minutes reach 60 they reset while the hours keep on going; there is much to learn.
It seems a pity to not use the child's interest to teach a little bit about the subject matter.
- Is getting an analog clock the way to go, or are there alternatives?
- How to proceed, given the analog clock or other educational tools, and what are reasonable learning goals at this age?
(As always, please answer based on experience or reliable sources.)