Monday, November 21, 2011
Review of Time Timer
While this timer certainly has many potential uses, the obvious one for me is homeschooling. One problem we seem to have is my kids spending too much time on one subject to the exclusion of others. Some classes (like math) take as long as they take. Others, though, like handwriting, really should have a set amount of time devoted to them and no more. Enter the Time Timer! My kids actually fight over who gets to use it on a given day. In fact, they quickly figured out that its use did not have to be confined to schooling only. By the second day, my son was racing himself on various tasks (like cleaning his room), setting the Timer for what he thought was a reasonable time, and then trying to finish before time elapsed. A timer that turns a chore into a game is a huge winner with me.
The beauty of the Time Timer is its simplicity. You manually turn the timer to the amount of time desired, and then watch the red disk disappear back into the white part of the timer, marking the movement of time. The audio signal that time has ended is quiet and unobtrusive, and it can be turned off altogether.
Time Timer is one of those products that really has to be tried to be understood, but once tried, you won't want to give it up! To see how Time Timer works, watch this neat video. To read more about Time Timer, visit their website. Finally, to purchase Time Timer, navigate to this page. There are three sizes of Time Timer available, in addition to an iPad app. The 3" timer, the one I received, is perfect for homeschool use, and retails for $30.00. We loved the Time Timer! To read other opinions, check out the Crew blog.