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Short Time

Even my five-year-old Clara doesn’t understand time very well. She does know that after dinner is time to brush her teeth, and after that she puts on her pajamas, and after that we read a story, and after that she goes to bed. She likes it when she gets ready for bed in the same sequence every day. It helps her learn about time. Clara is a little bossy, so she tells the babysitter what she is supposed to do next: dinner, toothbrush, pajamas, story, bed. Naming what comes next helps me teach Clara about time. When Clara tells the babysitter, what is next, we know she is beginning to understand about time. One day at a time is as much time as Clara can handle. Little children don’t understand long periods of time. Developmentally, something clicks when children are age seven and then longer amounts of time make sense to them.

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