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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Times Tables Review #hsreviews

The Trigger Memory Co REVIEW
Learning the times tables can be hard for kids. Some of my own kids picked them up really quickly and some of them have really struggled. Alaina is my one kid that loves math and she was thrilled to get Times Tales from The Trigger Memory Co.
The Trigger Memory Co REVIEW
Times Tales is an animated video that teaches the 3x6,3x7,3x8,3x9,4x6,4x7,4x8,4x9,6x6,6x7,6x8,6x9,
7x7,7x8,7x9,8x8,8x9,9x9 times tables. We received the digital download version which contained five files. There are two videos lasting thirty minutes each, two files that contain the printables, and an answer key. The files arrived in a zip file and it took about 20 minutes to download. This is exactly the same product that is on the DVD. 

This program is very easy to use. You just start watching the first video and then work through the worksheets & flashcards. It is recommended to wait one week before watching the second video and completing the worksheets for that part. The child is not told at the beginning that they are learning upper multiplication problems. They are just viewing cute stories about number characters and memorizing which numbers come together. At the end the student answers division problems. The question asks the student who or what is missing to get the answer. 
The video starts out introducing the student to the number characters. The characters have the shape of one specific number and the shape looks like that number. For example the number eight is made to look like a snowman. The times tables are taught by telling a story about the two numbers and their answers have characters or shapes that show the number answer. The 6X6 story is about two sixth grade classes that played soccer. The final score of the game is 3 to 6. Therefore 6X6=36. The videos also contain Beat the Clock, where the student gets the chance to recognize the character numbers and answer the story questions.  

The two worksheet files contain twelve pages. There are printable flash cards with the character and without. There are crossword puzzles, practice tests, tests, and a Roll-Em Cube Game.  

Alaina watched the Part 1 video and then she completed her worksheets. About a week later she watched Part 2 and completed those worksheets. She got all the correct answers the first time on every worksheet. She likes to draw and color and she wanted to color her cube for the Roll-Em game. Alaina told me that she loved the stories. She said she thinks of the stories every time she sees one of these math facts in her math curriculum. 

I think the stories were very well thought out. They are all things that a child can relate to and remember. I really wish I had this program fifteen years ago so all of five of my kids could have used it. I will recommend Times Tales to all of my homeschool friends with kids learning their times tables. I think this would also work with children with learning disabilities or kids who just have a hard time memorizing. 

The Times Tales Digital Download is $19.95 and worth every penny. You can watch the upper 9's story free to see what you think. 

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