Its About Time! by Stuart J. MurphyTime Machine
Its About Time.... a timely book, April 14, 2005
This book by Stuart Murphy is part of his MathStart series. It covers time by relating the hours of the day to a little boys activities: waking up, meals, going to school, playing, going home, story time, nap time, bath time, going to bed, etc. [If you are wondering about the early morning hours, they are spent frolicking with some friendly dream-monsters that dance and caper about.]
The book focuses only on the `hour but I think for a start that is perfect. After a child can read the hours reliably they can move on to the half-hour, quarter hours, etc.
Each hour in this book is given a page which demonstrates not only how that hour is spent but both a digital and conventional (analog) representations of the time. The artwork is colorful and sweet and my only real complaint is that I wish they had separated the pictures of the analog clock from that of the digital clock because it makes it hard to `test whether a child can read the traditional clock. (Digital seems so much easier for some reason.)
As with all of Mr. Murphys books there are suggestions for how to teach time at the end of the book as well as various practice/exercise ideas. In addition, in this book, the author has a recommended reading list of three other books about time: Clocks and More Clocks by Pat Hutchins; My First Book of Time by Claire Llewllyn; and Train Leaves the Station by Eve Merriam.
You might also try a video called Rock N Learn: Telling Time that has been useful in reinforcing the concept of reading clocks around our house.
NOTE: As for the age recommendation, I think this book would also be good for a younger child. With my just turned 3 year old we discuss just how time passes and how we have certain activities that we do at the same time each day.
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Episode Teaching young children should be a fun and creative process. He gives us tips on combining an engaging storyline, illustrations and the learning material through visual learning. You know, most people when they ask that question automatically assume that I am a mathematician because so much of my work has been involved in the field of early mathematics. And I started a career working in educational publishing as a designer and art director. And that career led me to be concerned about how our children learn from visual stimuli and other things other than words. Because I find that children are in fact very adept at learning from charts and graphs and diagrams of the visual stimuli.
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Stuart J. Murphy's MathStart. I See I Learn series. The little boy's day starts at A. Puppy stretches, too. By A. The story follows the little boy throughout all 24 hours of his busy day, noting the time with an analog clock face and digital display that shows A.
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This time last year we said it was Stuart Murphy's mission to put Sky1 on the map. It still is. Murphy's inclusion in the MediaGuardian reflects another strong year for Sky , and the fact that his subscription-funded channel has been shielded from the budget cuts that have afflicted its immediate rivals. His Sky1 budget is split almost equally between American acquisitions he will need to find replacements for Lost and 24, both of which came to an end this year and UK programming; Murphy has cut the number of homegrown commissions but upped the budgets in an effort to match those offered by ITV. He is being helped in his mission by the BBC's former head of comedy commissioning Lucy Lumsden, who he hired last year, and a senior commissioning team including Duncan Gray and Celia Taylor.