M&R 21day practice work: Week 1

OUTCOME: Telling time, analogue, digital, concept of time, setting up a timetable, understanding the value of time, contributions to the family through using TIME!

Dear parents, I am sure you will enjoy the activities for this week. I have chosen time as it is a precious commodity we now all have and we can use it wisely and be extremely productive during this time.

ACTIVITY ONE: If you haven’t set up a timetable yet, it would be a great start to do so this week. Involve all of your kids by asking them to contribute to how they would like to spend … their time!

I have attached an example of a timetable that you can use or set up your own one.

(All attachments of activities at the end of the post)

IMPORTANT TIP! INVOLVE YOUR KIDS! Explain to them that they are important to the family and their contributions to managing time as a family unit will help everyone cope during these next three weeks.

ACTIVITY TWO: Make a clock with an hour hand and a minute hand. Use a template or a paper plate and colour the minute hand a different colour than the hour hand. Also make them use these colours when they start with the worksheets.  Explain to them that the word minute is a LOOOOONG word, therefore the minute hand is longer than the hour hand. The hour hand is a short word, therefore the hour hand must be shorter than the minute hand. Let them explore with this activity. Put an analogue clock in front of them and then walk away and observe what they do. KIDS LEARN BEST when they can explore and have fun. Don’t interfere too much with this process … you can help but please don’t do this for them. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

ACTIVITY THREE: Teach them about minutes and hours. (Don’t stress about seconds yet, they will cover this in grade 4) Allow them to count the minutes, (count in 5’s = minutes = 60 minutes in an hour) Count the hours, 12 hours but 24 hours in a day, explain this process to them.) Explain to them the concept of 24 hours in a day. Explain quarter past and quarter two and half past. Explain that there are 15 minutes in a quarter, 30 minutes in half an hour, 45 minutes in three quarters of an hour. Divide the clock into halves and quarters (use a ruler of draw the lines physically on their self-made paper clock.) 

ACTIVITY FOUR: WORKSHEETS! Now that you have done the hard work, you can start with the worksheets that I have provided (scroll down). It is quite a lot, so do what you can or what they have decided to do or commit to/day when they set up their timetable. For instance, if they commit to doing Maths one hour on their timetable, then ONLY do one hour of Maths, don’t push them and don’t yell at them. This is their contribution to doing math, its important that you also honour that. 

ACTIVITY FIVE: PRACTICAL! Now that they have the information, let’s use this time to convert information into knowledge. Ask them to tell the time throughout the day. Ask them to time themselves when they do an activity, ask them to set the kitchen timer when you bake something together or if you prepare food or meals. Be creative about this, get them to wear a watch! (digital or analogue) and read the time out loud to you throughout the day. When you say things like: “Ok guys its time to do the laundry, we have 15 minutes to get the laundry in the washing machine.” allow them to set timers for washing machines, tumble driers, laundry hanging outside … make this TIME thing as practical as you possibly can.

Time is abstract and learners need to quantify it first before familiarity kicks in, it remains of utmost importance that they have fun while doing these activities. Learners learn best when you INVOLVE them. The telling of time is a lifelong skill that they will need for the rest of their lives.

In the meantime, they still need ten minutes/day to do a frenzy, either plus or minus or higher order or times tables. Let them set their own timer, and see how they go. 


Keep safe and I will check in online this week to chat to them and see how far they have come.





Weekly timetable: print and help learners to plan their week with designated time-slots for reading, language, maths and other activities they can help with in and around the house i.e. cooking, cleaning, washing, baking etc.

Weekly Timetable Template

Make your own clock, colour in the minute hand in a different colour than the hour hand and explain why the minute hand is the long hand, and the hour hand is the short hand.

Paper Clock Template PDF Format

Time worksheets: Mathletics (Choose C for grade 1 and 2 learners, and D and E for grade 2 and three learners. For Afrikaans parents you will have to translate or rather use TYD HORLOSIES PDF)

Time worksheets/Tyd werksvelle:

Tyd Horlosies

Addition frenzies:

10 minute math frenzies 5

10 minute math frenzies 4

10 minute math frenzies 3

10 minute math frenzies 2

10 minute math frenzies 1

Subtraction frenzies:

10 minute subtraction frenzy 1

10 minute subtraction frenzy 2

10 minute subtraction frenzy 3

10 minute subtraction frenzy 4

10 minute subtraction frenzy 5

Higher order frenzies:

5 minute MATH FRENZY HO 1

5 minute MATH FRENZY HO 2

5 minute MATH FRENZY HO 3

5 minute MATH FRENZY HO 4

5 minute MATH FRENZY HO 5

Times tables frenzies:

10 min x 1 copy

10 min x 2 copy

10 min x 3 copy

10 min x 4 copy

10 min x 5 copy