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Transcript of Time
We have to break time down into small understandable units and relate it to real life. Then we slowly build from there. Days of the Week Read books Time The Concept of Time Children who have time blindness usually have problems with short term memory and no understanding of number sequences. So how can we help? Morning Afternoon Evening Night-time We start by getting the child to consider the passage of time in their own lives in a day. Get up
Go to school
Go to sleep
Go to bed Time Machine Use pictures Use "guestimates" Play games
and have fun Then we "chunk the day into 4 parts. Also explain am and pm Use all the senses •What time do you get up in the morning?
•What do you do in the morning?
•How do you know it is the morning?
•When does the morning begin/finish?
What does morning smell like?
What sounds do you hear in the morning? Cards Books
Diary Songs Seasons 2 in Malaysia
4 in Europe
Leads into history of time Months Cards Books
Calendar Koosh balls
Western Zodiac The Year Birthday
Chinese Zodiac Seconds, Minutes
Hours Use timers
"guestimation" Many ancient societies worshipped
the sun. For example the Babylonians
early Romans, Mayans and Egyptians The Celtic peoples of Central Europe worshiped Lugh while the sun god Maui is the most important deity to the Polynesians. The Sumerians worshiped the sun god Utu. They were also the first people we know of that used sundials. They broke the day down into six 2 hour segments. The Egyptians worshiped the sun god Ra. They also used sundials; very large stone ones, called obelisks which they erected in public places and smaller, more portable ones. They broke the day into 2 parts of 12 hours and used star clocks at night. The Chinese were using a 12 month calendar and months of 29-30 days by 2,500 BC. They used sundials but were the first to invent water clocks which could be used at night. They also used candles and incense sticks which burned at a set pace to determine time. The oldest surviving mechanical clock is in Salisbury Cathedral, England. It dates back to 1386. It has no face but was connected to a bell which rang on the hour. There are lots of good books
which mention times of the day, days of the week and months of the year. Internet: there are lots of resources online For example there are songs, calendars, charts, videos. You could also try exploring astrological zodiacs with the child.
The Western zodiac is good for reinforcing months
The Chinese zodiac is good for reinforcing years and cycles of time. Sun worship reached it's height with the South American Mayan, Aztec and Incan cultures. Incan culture, in particular was totally based on worship of Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl as he was also known.
The Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichén Itzá, was used as a calendar: four stairways, each with 91 steps and a platform at the top, making a total of 365, equivalent to the number of days in a calendar year. The Japanese call their country "Nippon" which means "Origin of the sun" as reflected in their flag. The ancient Greeks and Romans worshiped Apollo, also known as the sun god Helios, who gave his name to the American NASA space programme. The NASA logo shows Apollo's sun chariot heading off into the stars. Visit the Past
1 year ago
50 years ago
1 million years ago!
Visit the Future
In 1 year
In 50 years
In 100 years
Visit Famous People
Visit an ancestor How long do you think it will take to ............................................? Do this often with different activities and remember to check and note how long it really took. Practice