What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jungle Time - learn how to tell time (for iPad) is a very interactive app for teaching kids how to tell time and to give them practice on five difficulty levels, teaching skills from telling time to the hour to telling time to the minute. Kids also learn to set clocks to the proper time, calculate elapsed time, and set elapsed time. A separate section teaches all about telling time, including how to read the clock and about daylight saving time, 24-hour time, and time zones. There are plenty of hands-on examples of how the hour hand, the second hand, and time differences work. The settings screen has a large number of options for tailoring the game toward the proper skill level, including telling time to the hour, the half hour, five minutes, and one minute, for example. For kids with learning difficulties, the app includes a learning-clock style, which includes minute numbers, with color-coded hands.
Parents can track ther child's history within the settings section allowing the parent to see the date of activity and percentages correct and incorrect.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- problem solving
- thinking critically
- academic development
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- time management
Engagement, Approach, Support
Jungle Time is fun and interactive, and it uses a choice of jungle animals and sounds to engage kids.
The app offers five levels for learning how to tell time using an analog clock. It would be nice to see a larger scroll pad to tell and set elapsed time.
A learning section helps kids differentiate between the hour and minute hands as well as how to tell time and add time. The app has good customization options, and you can track data in the settings tab.
Is it any good?
JUNGLE TIME - LEARN HOW TO TELL TIME (FOR IPAD) is an entertaining and enjoyable app kids will have fun with as they learn how to tell time. Kids can choose which jungle animal to appear on the clocks, and parents can set the options for the appropriate learning level for their child. Since the app addresses several aspects of telling time, kids will be fluent in analog clock use when they have become proficient at all app levels.
Families can talk about...
Have kids set their own alarm clocks.
Ask kids elapsed-time questions in daily conversation.
Use daily schedules such as television times and have kids set the time using a handmade or store-bought clock.
Make a visual schedule with the time of day to reinforce concepts such as "an hour behind" or "an hour ahead."