Are we there yet? How much longer?
When can we go? How much more?
Sound familiar… ?
Another parent shared the Time Timer® with me the other day. Her daughter is using them at home and school to help her with time management, understanding time concepts and planning.
They are fantastic items and thankfully, just as good ‘in the flesh’ as they appear on the site.
There are watches, 3x timers with prices starting from about $35, software for $24 and via iTunes you can buy iPhone and iPad apps (AUD$1.99 and AUD$7.49).
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For Australian families the best deal you can get is from Bilby Publishing and Consulting. A business I have just found out about even though it’s ‘just down the road’ (hmm, well four hours drive) – they have some other interesting items so will probably be ‘poking around on their site a bit more’. Bilby are the official Australian distributors for Time Timer® (which is why they can offer such low prices) and schools can order on account.
I will be using the Time Timer® to see if we can help Mac with motivation to get work done in a set time. I think the visual for him will be really useful and perhaps, at other times help him feel like there is an ‘end point’ to an exercise and that he won’t be working on something for the ‘rest of his life’.
It may even help him understand that “our” 10 minutes isn’t actually the equivalent of “everyone else’s”one hour. Unfortunately I have to take full responsibility for that one. I hate to think how many times I have told him we would do something in 10 mins and actually get to it so much later (even hours later) – poor kid never stood a chance in understanding time management.
And, yes, I have already downloaded the iPhone app and plan to use it ‘keep me honest’ at home.