Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Learning Resources Magnetic Time Tracker Review & Giveaway

 I was provided the below mentioned products in order to provide a review.

     Jayden is still at an age where he needs warnings to prepare for the next activity.  I often tell him he has a certain number of minutes before we move to another activity like leaving, bath, or whatever it may be.  Kids really need to know what to expect and time to finish up what they are working on.  This is true for all kids, but the preschool and early elementary age really benefit the most.  Jayden typically is able to move on easily if he is given a warning.  But now that he is in Kindergarten he likes to see the time, not just know what I have said.  He needs to be sure I am being accurate I guess.  He wants to know that when I say 5 more minutes that I really give him 5 minutes.  So while looking at the great products on Learning Resources I saw the Magnetic Time Tracker and thought it would be perfect for him.

     The Magnetic Time Tracker is a visual timer that sticks to any magnetic surface.  It has a clear cover with 3 different color section, red, yellow, and green.  It is easy to program with a few pushes of the button.  It can be programed from 1 second up to 24 hours.  It can be set to be visual with the lights lighting up and the sounds to hear the ticking.  It has an easy to use flip out stand when using it on a table.  It requires 4 AA batteries and 3 LR button cell batteries.  The button cell batteries come with it.

     When I received the package from Learning Resources I was happily surprised with the size of this.  It is chunky and perfect for small hands.  Although I originally planned to use this for warnings for Jayden I quickly found a new use.  Jayden has been having a hard time completing his homework lately.  He just doesn't want to do it.  He says its boring.  Yikes, boring homework in Kindergarten is not good.  I understand he has had the exact same homework everyday since school started 2 months ago, so I can see why he is bored.  But repetition is important so the homework must be done.  So I pulled out the Magnetic Time Tracker one night as he struggled.  I told him that we were going to time him and see if he can beat the clock.  We set the time and his first piece of homework was to write his name.  He struggles with this only because he is a perfectionist and wants it perfect.  I told him it does not have to be perfect, just practice.  So we set the timer and he got started.  He did great.. he finished before the alarm and wrote his name wonderfully.  Then he wanted to set the alarm for every portion of his homework.  So we set it again for writing numbers, alphabet, identifying letters and letter sounds, and identifying numbers.  He was able to beat the clock every time.  After that he wanted to use the timer for everything.  He even set it for how long he will take a bath.

     I was so happy to find something that works to help Jayden complete a task that he does not enjoy.  The Magnetic Time Tracker met and exceeded my expectations.  Coming from a teaching perspective I would have loved this in my classroom.  I always gave my children warnings for the next activity and having a timer would have been great.  Also, in Head Start we are required to limit children's use of the computers in the classroom.  This is not always easy as children love the computers.  This would be a great visual timer for children to know when their time is up.

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 I was provided the above mentioned products in order to provide a review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. disclosure


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