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Timex Time Machines

Timex Time Machines

Fall 2017 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Developer: Timex
Platform: iPhone

The Timex TimeMachines app, created by Scholastic for children aged six through nine years, teaches all the major elements of time, feels much more like a game than a math lesson. The app features a series of tutorials, practice sessions, and three levels of time-themed games to hone learning. The tutorials include information and questions on clock basics, the difference between "a.m." and "p.m.," and how to tell time by the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour. The practice sessions provide children with a time in digital format (e.g., 5:40) and ask children to move the analog clock hands to match.

The games come in three distinct levels. Level One: Time Stopper gives a digital time and children stop the spinning clock hands to match it. Level Two: Counting Time presents a clock with a certain amount of time shaded and asks children to create that time by adding combinations of 2, 3, 5, 10, and 15 minutes. And, Level Three: Rocket Time, is a Space Invaders-styled game in which players fly through space collecting clocks showing whole, then half, then quarter hour times. All of these games help children learn and hone critical time-telling skills. Highly recommended.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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