Using some paper/plastic plates and a thick marker or pen, you can help your children to better understand the meaning behind some commonly used terms when we tell the time. Explaining the connection between the fractions of a circle and telling the time might seem obvious to some people, however; these obvious connections are not always made by children and it can help them immensely if we take a few minutes to show them.

  • Each hour is a whole 60 minutes and one whole circle.

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  • Half of an hour is half of 60 minutes, which is 30 minutes, and we divide the circle into two equal parts.

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  • A quarter of an hour is a quarter of 60 minutes, which is 15 minutes, and we divide the circle into four equal parts.

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