Aim and benefits of the Colourclock
Making your child start to work sometimes still succeeds. However, keeping it play or work independently is often harder. If a child can't read the clock, how does it know how long 5 or 10 minutes take? Some examples:
- You are about to leave in 20 minutes to go to grandma or to the zoo. How often doesn’t a child ask: Are we leaving now?'.
- Each child has its turn at the computer… every child can use it for 15 minutes. How do you clarify that?
- To have one or more children in the class complete a task within a certain timeframe.
Every teacher, care worker and parent can think of other particular moments for which a Colourclock would be very useful. The way the clock is used depends on each individual child. Which aim is to be achieved?
It is most important, however, that the children themselves can keep an eye on the time agreed upon. They can clearly see when the period is oversince the indicator will have reached another colour. It is made visual for the children how long a period lasts.
The most important aim is to learn children to act independently during a certain period. Experiences of parents/teachers who work with the Colourclock also show that:
- Children are motivated to work with the Colourclock (they even ask for it)
- Children are calm and at ease
- The time still to go within a certain colour, is used effectively.
In some cases children have to develop a certain skill in their group, class and at home. The advantage of a Colourclock in these cases, is that ' the sign' that is used, is always the same under all circumstances (and not for example a traffic light at school and a cooking timer at home ). Another advantage of the Colourclock for children is that they can also work constructively. Moving on one colour means that they can already work independently for a longer period.