The text and pictures are accompanied by symbols and signs are from the Makaton Language Programme to assist the development of essential communication skills. The benefits of using Makaton with people of all ages and all abilities is widely recognised.
The illustrations are cartoon style allowing for use by a variety of age ranges from young children to older learners.
Language is learned by the repetition of words (and Makaton Symbols and Signs) in context.
Time itself is abstract idea which makes understanding periods of time difficult and challenging.
Some adults or children with communication difficulties may never acquire the concept of time, because time is invisible.
A sense of time is developed gradually during the process of experiencing timespans linked to events. When we find ways to make time more visual, concrete and tangible then those abstract concepts become easier to understand.
The pictures in this book offer contextual clues to time references by relating them to events that happen at Christmas, those familiar repeating patterns which make the abstract notion of time more concrete and understandable.