Monday, January 31, 2011

Learning Multiplication Facts

I remember as a kid having a difficult time memorizing my multiplication facts. I've seen that  my older children have struggled too. We've tried many things so far, but the facts haven't stuck--especially for my oldest daughter. I was very optimistic and hopeful after reading about Times Alive! I couldn't wait to try it with my kids to see what type of results we would get.

What is it?

Times Alive, by City Creek Press, is an interactive game that uses stories, songs, and quizzes to help teach children multiplication facts from the zero's through the nine's times tables.

What We Thought:

My oldest daughter (12yr.old) used this program the most. Though it was a little childish for her (the songs and stories), she was desperate to get these facts down pat. Having the stories plus the facts put to song helped my daughter get over her mental memorization block. She completed the whole program and now feels much more confident with her math skills.

My 11yr. old son also used this program. He endured the stories and singing, but told me that the songs helped him learn his facts.

I plan to start this with my 8yr. old daughter soon as I think the different ways the material is presented will be beneficial for her. She is a more auditory learner, so I think the songs and stories will help her learn her multiplication facts. I think City Creek has done a great job of coming up with ways to help children learn their facts. They also have an addition curriculum that looks like something I might have to add to our homeschool!

Times Alive! CD-ROM/: $48.95  Download: $44.95
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Disclosure: I am a member of TOS and I was given this product free for review purposes only. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Blogger Cheryl said...

That's very cool, songs can be childish but they really help solidify things like that for me. I have no problem naming all 15 Middle Eastern countries thanks to a geography song I learned with my son years ago LOL!

January 31, 2011 at 2:41 PM  

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