One of the hardest decisions for us and our second was that we were going to send her to a preschool at our church and pull her out of daycare. It was different and required a lot of adjustment for us all, but it worked well.
The second year, her pre-K year, she had an amazing teacher who really nurtured her and our little girl blossomed. She’s reading some, writing a lot, adding and subtracting in her head and has recently had a fascination with time.
It’s been the hour that tells her what’s happening. She knows “in the 5’s” that daddy gets home from work. And, that bedtime is “in the 7s” but actually looking at an analog clock and knowing what it means? She wasn’t too sure of.
I’ve posted on Facebook and I asked last year if anybody knew of a clock that had both analog and digital displays and never found one…until now. We were sent a Telly The Teaching Time Clock by The Learning Journey International which is more than just a clock. It’s a clock that helps the kiddos learn to tell time, and display time!
It actually has two quiz modes. The first, learning mode, helps children tell time by Telly announcing the time in five minute increments by moving his hands and updating the LCD screen. (Can I just pause here to stare at her hair? Because seriously, the color is so amazing!)
The second mode is quiz mode. Telly says a time and your child moves the hands on the face to match the time displayed on his screen. If your child gets the time right, Telly lets you know, if not, Telly says the time that the clock was set to and then says again what time he was asking for.
When Telly is not in a game mode, the LCD is a real working clock (you just have to remember to set it, and tell your kids not to push the little buttons. I wish those were hidden in the battery compartment.) Mentioning the battery compartment, Telly required 3-AA batteries which are included (hallelujah!)
Telly has been great for both our 5 year old and our 7 year old who gets a little confused on some of the minutes on the clock.
Once the clock needed a break, we switched to math. Our 5 year old is rocking simple math problems in her head…sometimes she can do them faster than I can! But, I think it’s good to be able to visualize them and see them, too. She pulled out the Magnetic Count & Learn board and got right to making math problems and equations.
It has 40 interlocking magnetic numbers and 10 mathematical symbols that all fit into the storage compartment on the side. Of course, she was much happier with all of the pieces all spread out so she could easily find the numbers.
She even surprised me by making an equation that resulted in a number higher than 9 and put the two numbers together. The magnetic board has a lot of space for several equations, but the kit only comes with two equal sign pieces. We wish there were a couple more so that more equations could be displayed at one time.
The Learning Journey International has a wide assortment of educational games and toys for all ages. We already own several puzzles that are even fun for me!