Autonomy and time management

In the first years of life, autonomy is one of the bases on which our self-concept and self-esteem is formed. An autonomous child is one who is able to carry out the tasks and activities proper to children of his or her age and socio-cultural environment.

The following materials and games allow to make known and promote habits of hygiene, food and autonomy when dressing, through sequences, cards, calendars and plannings.

Autonomy and Time Management
Autonomy and time management

Let’s build the time

Big size wooden time-set for learning how to break down an hour into pieces of 5, 15 and 30 minutes. Provides a hands-on understanding of the structure of a clock, helping children to familiarise themselves with the basic notions of learning how to tell the time. Inspired by the Montessori Methodology.
Autonomy and time management

Time dice set (30 units)

Throw the dice, and what time is it? Includes 30 dice (12-sided dice) for learning how to tell the time: 15 dice showing hours and 15 showing minutes, in increments of five minutes. For the whole class to play.
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New technologies: balance your activities

Helps children to identify which activities they usually do and to think about how they can balance them. The aim of the game is to make children aware of the risks of doing too much of one activity so they can learn how to balance their free time with different activities.
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Universal calendar

A calendar with a very intuitive structure that helps young children to understand how time is organized. Its vertical deductive structure allows children to move from global to individual concepts and helps them to form a clear and schematic image of the composition of time over a year.  It is based on the year and its seasons, travelling through months...
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Maxi-sequences of daily habits

A set of five very simple sequences of four steps each with large-format photos taht allow children to learn about the basic daily habits of hygiene, independence and collaboration in household chores.
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Roll-up erasable metallic board

Roll-up erasable metallic board. Practical and light. It allows writing and/or playing with magnetic cards. It includes magnets in order to fix the board on the wall.
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Planning daily activities

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A board for planning everyday activities at both home and school, associating them with the hours of the day in both the AM/PM and 24-hour-clock versions.
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Weekly calendar

A weekly calendar to introduce very young children to the concept of time, distinguishing between yesterday, today and tomorrow. You can position the days of the week and the month. It includes simple three-step time sequences and pictures of the weather.
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School calendar

A big metallic board for working in the classroom on the days of the week, the months, the year, the seasons, the time and the different activities that take place during class time.

Autonomy is learned progressively. Giving them responsibilities is giving them the opportunity to feel valid. Allowing them to make small decisions and to choose between different options according to their age is to promote their autonomy.

Organizing and managing your time, both leisure and duty, by planning daily activities also helps to increase your autonomy.

Teaching the notion of time

Children are not aware of the implications of the passage of time until they are about five years old. Already at the age of three they are curious about when things happen, but do not understand the concept and tend to become impatient. At the beginning, it is enough to teach the difference between \before\" and \"after\". Once the child has internalized the concept, he or she will be able to understand and answer simple questions where the time factor is involved.

The next notion to acquire is the difference between day and night, so that the child can assimilate its daily rituals. The child will understand the chronology that governs his or her day with educational resources such as the Planning of daily activities or different calendars that cover different time periods, such as the week or the school season. When the child comes to this understanding, he or she can interpret parental requirements as \"we're late,\"\"wait a little,\" or \"I'm in a hurry.

Playful teaching helps children establish chronologies of events that occur during play. Games such as time and the clock help to understand the concept of time and its measurement in time. Sequence games allow children to arrange the different images that narrate a sequence in the correct order.

Over time, children will differentiate between the time slots of the day and when they have breakfast or lunch, for example. They will also become aware of the periods of time that elapse between these moments and become their first temporal references.

By establishing routines, the child will know what will happen after each event of the day. Their level of understanding, until they grow a little older, does not allow them to interpret more diffuse temporal terms such as Vacation or Christmas, and they will even use terms such as \"tomorrow\" and \"yesterday\" incorrectly.

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