We had the opportunity to review a product from The Trigger Memory Co. called Times Tales. I was very excited about this product. We received the digital download version which has all of the videos from the Times Tales DVD and three PDF files of printables. These printables include flashcards, crossword puzzles, and games.
These fun videos teach these multiplication facts:
- 3×6, 3×7, 3×8, 3×9
- 4×6, 4×7, 4×8, 4×9
- 6×6, 6×7, 6×8, 6×9
- 7×7, 7×8, 7×9
- 8×8, 8×9
There are six steps to this curriculum:
Step 1 –watch the short movies and learn the story, your child can watch them many times until they know the story well.
Step 2- quiz time, a game show called “Beat the Clock” is used as a quiz for your child. If the child can’t get all of the answers correctly, they go back and watch the videos again.
Step 3- “you’re the storyteller”, this is where the child tells the story to match the picture. This shows if the child has memorized the stories. Once they have, they are ready for the next section.
Step 4- using flash cards with symbols.
Step 5- using flash cards without the symbols.
Step 6- tests: The practice test has the symbols but the final test does not.
I used this program with David. He’s my 10 year old 4th grader. He is a late bloomer when it comes to all things “school”. If I call it school, it’s really hard for him, but if I incorporate everything I would like to teach him into everyday life he does great!! This approach unfortunately does not work on everything. He does work on his math in a workbook, but it’s very hard for him. He’s been working on multiplication and division for a little while now. I was just about to add another multiplication program when we had the opportunity to review Times Tales.
I had heard about it before and wanted to try it. I downloaded the files on my school thumb drive so we could move to any computer. Having a large family sometimes means a shortage of available computers. I was a little concerned about playing the MP4 file on some of our older operating systems, but I had no problem.
I couldn’t sneak this video in without labeling it “school”, so David was not happy about having to do it. He very begrudgingly watched the video. When I was looking at him, he hated it!!! But when I got busy doing something else he really seemed to like it. He still has trouble with the quiz portion, but we are working on it. We just got the capability to play these videos on our tv like a show. I will be sharing them with my younger two (3 and 5 years old). David loves to teach, so this will be a great time for him to gain confidence in what he already knows, by helping his younger siblings.
This digital download is $19.95. It can be used with multiple students so it’s great for a family. There’s no shipping charges and it’s available for you to download within 24 hours of purchase. Would you like a free sample lesson? This link will take you to the upper 9 times tables which you student can learn in 15 minutes.
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