Online Visual Timers: Powerful Tool for Young Kids
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.