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Charlie Jumped Out of the Clock - Learning Story

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Quirky clock story helps kids practice telling time.

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This cutesy tale will likely engage kids in learning to tell time, but it's not without some flaws. Charlie Jumps Out of the Clock - Learning Story is a clever way to draw kids in to learning about the parts of the clock and how to tell time, but it's better suited for kids who have a solid foundation and just need some practice. The clock hands can be tricky to position exactly, and there's no feedback, prompting, or help when kids set the time incorrectly. As it is, the delay that occurs before telling kids their answer is correct may cause them to change the time to something else. It does a great job of walking kids slowly through the parts of the clock, to setting the hour, setting the minute, and finally adding "AM" or "PM." It's a natural progression. But the story itself is quirky. For example, you might expect that if a cog were to leave your clock, the clock would no longer function. Somehow this clock struggles, but keeps moving. There's no consequence for Charlie leaving, which is unfortunate, as it's a perfect opportunity to teach kids about teamwork and what happens when someone doesn't do their part. It's an odd tale with an odd ending. This suits kids who need some practice but want a more unique way to engage than some other apps provide.

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