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Online Visual Timers: Powerful Tool for Young Kids

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These timers are a major part of my classroom management. Young kids do so much better when they understand when things will happen next and the timers give them the ability to monitor their work and be prepared for a transition. I show one of these timers for almost all of our centers. Today I introduced them to the class and was reminded how much the kids like being able to know when something is going to happen. I was amazed how over half the class starting cleaning up on their own as the timer got near the end. The best part of these is they all show the kids  the countdown in a visual way. I typically use the candle, countdown, bar or egg timer in my room. There are others that I use for special occasions on the site but they tend to get the kids over excited. As with any new tool you show in the class the kids watch (or obsess) over the timer a lot in the beginning but because we use them every day all year that novelty wears off fast.

Online Visual Timers

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7 Responses to Online Visual Timers: Powerful Tool for Young Kids

  1. I teach students with Autism so these are fabulous, thanks for the link. I am on my phone so i can’t check them out, do you have to be right there to turn them off or to restart them for the next center? My teacher station for my white board is not where I do my direct teaching, so I am just wondering if these will work for me. Thanks.

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Jannike, yes, you need to be able to click on the computer to stop/start/restart. My kindergarten kids are able to do this for me on my teacher computer when needed. The buttons are huge. Hope it works for you.

  2. mrssurridge says:

    I really enjoy these timers too but could never handle the screaming of the countdown so gave up on them way too quickly. This year I pulled them out right away and I let them yell the countdown the first time–because they ALWAYS do–and then we talked about how the timers are used as a tool rather than a toy. After that we practiced whispering the last 20 second countdown and I have been thrilled with the results. (Duh! Why didn’t I think of that sooner?) Thanks so much for the assurance that the obsession will go away and for sharing how you use them with kindergarteners. I’m not going to give up so easily this year.

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I let my kids have fun counting down a few times as well. It also seems to help that I tell them it is the timers job to count and when they do the timers “job” it hurts her feelings. Silly, yet it seems to get the point across that they are doing something that doesn’t need to happen. Best of luck!

  3. Pablo Villalon says:

    Also check http://www.timerland.net, another great option for online timers.

  4. Ed Darrell says:

    Do you teach kids to tell time, especially with analog clocks? Way too many of my sophomores, juniors and seniors have great difficulty telling time, and dealing with fractions of hours. Where in the curriculum does that fall?

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Ed, in Texas that falls into 1st and 2nd grade mostly. Not sure about common core. It is hard to teach kids how to use a clock when they are at the basics of understanding time in general.

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