The Are-We-There-Yet? Clock

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The Are-We-There-Yet? Clock is a FIRST CLOCK for kids.

The one-handed dial of the Are-We-There-Yet? Clock allows kids to start reading clock dials quickly and easily.

If your child is not up on his/her numbers yet, this may not be an issue. The early learning achieved by kids using the AWTY-Clock is more a question of learning the vocabulary of the clock than learning arithmetic. But learning the AWTY-Clock can be a gateway to learning the counting numbers and fractions of time.

The AWTY-Clock reflects the design of some of the earliest mechanical clocks used in the Western World. Those early clocks had only one hand. With that one hand, they could show when each hour had arrived and indicate how much time had passed since that hour.

When a child learns to read a standard clock, the process is complicated by the fact that the clock has two hands. The learner has to identify with two clock parts that have different functions and mean different things. Even smart kids in 2nd and 3rd grade can have problems sorting this out when it’s all presented together.

The AWTY-Clock eliminates the minute hand. This breaks clock reading down into easier tasks that can be mastered even by pre-schoolers. With the minute hand gone, the learner can focus on what the hour hand indicates and how fast it moves.



Learn the names of the hours.

Learn the names of the quarter hours.

Learn what clockwise means.

Extra credit: Learn that football, basketball and dollars have quarters. Here, “quarter” is just vocabulary. The teaching of math/fractions is not the main objective here.


Learn to look at a mark placed on the clock and tell that it’s almost time to “go to the park” or do some other desired activity.

During a car trip, learn to look at a mark placed on the clock and decide if we are almost there yet.

On the same car trip, learn (by watching another mark placed on the clock at the start of the trip) how long it feels for the quarters and hours to go by.

Learn that time doesn’t actually go by faster just because you reached behind your clock and changed what it says.

Learn, also, that when an adult says that something will happen at 3- o’clock, they may have to change that later on. Adults sometimes just have to do stuff like that.

The clock dial artwork and strategy of marking the dial face to show a time target (shown above) are Copyright Joseph Finch, 2013. Please see “Handling of Copyright Material”

STUDY GUIDES Tell the story of how this clock is used and how it is introduced to the child.

The Guide pamphlet consists of four half-pages printed on both sides of a letter-sized sheet of paper.

Study Guide p-1Study Guide p-2Study Guide p-3Study Guide p-4


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