Going digital … when did that happen? For televisions, it happened in 2009 with the mandated switch from analog to digital broadcasting as a result of the Digital Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005. Digital music recordings started in the late 1970s and cameras followed in the late 1980s. But if you research the start of digital clocks … you need to go back as far as the 19th century! (Check out Wikipedia) Is it any wonder that our youth has lost the ability to tell time using an analog (face) clock?
Since “digital clock” is the term given to any display of time that uses numbers instead of a face with rotating hands, the variations are numerous and found frequently. But should we be letting our children lose the ability to tell time if the presentation is not in digital form? I think not!
The challenge today is to have your teen, tween, and elementary young ones tell you the time of day whenever you pass a face clock. I think you will shocked how they struggle.
Another suggestion is removing all digital clocks from your house for 1 week (including the use of a cell phone to tell time). Then, set challenging and odd times of the day (ex: dinner at 5:41, going to the park at 1:13, leaving for dance class at 6:28, etc.) for activities to begin. Our youth needs to practice, practice, practice. (Of course, if your youngster is already proficient, just celebrate by doing something fun and sing their praise!)
Sure, there are a lot of digital clocks out there, but analog clocks are not extinct and we don’t want our youth to be embarrassed or endure consequences for not knowing, so check to make sure the skill is there.
Make the most of your day!
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