4/04/2016

Times Tales ~ Review

My daughter has always struggled with math. She has had a difficult time with multiplication especially. I have tried everything to help her and nothing she has done has helped her to learn her multiplication facts. For the past weeks, we have been using Times Tales a great, fun product from The Trigger Memory Co. to help her learn multiplication.

What is Times Tales?
Times Tales is a visual mnemonic way to learn the more difficult multiplication facts. It uses stories to help the child remember the facts. There are several number characters that are introduced in the beginning of the story. After being introduced, the number characters are put together to form a multiplication fact. Here are some examples:
Mrs. Snowman (8) stood on a chair (4) to reach her 3 buttons and 2 mittens. (8 x 4 = 32)
A butterfly (3) flew by the tree house (9) and discovered 27 cents. (9 x 3 = 27)
The facts that are put into stories are 3x6, 3x7, 3x8, 3x9, 4x6, 4x7, 4x8, 4x9, 6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9, 7x7, 7x8, 7x9, 8x8, 8x9, and 9x9. The reason these are used is because these are the more difficult facts to remember.
The downloadable (digital) version comes with two videos and three pdf's (part 1 printables, part 2 printables, and an answer key).

How we used Times Tales?
We were given the download (digital) version to try out. It is recommended to wait one week between each video lesson. After downloading the videos and the accompanying pdf's, my daughter then started. I had her watch part 1 for two days in a row. The next days she spent working on the printables. The printables include a crossword puzzle,  practice test, test, flashcards, and a cube game.  Each day she did something different. One day she worked on the crossword puzzle, the next she did a practice test. At the end of the week she took the test and did a great job. After waiting the recommended week off, she then watched the part 2 video for a couple of days in a row and worked on the printables the rest of the week. I watched along with her the first time on each video, just so I could get an idea of how the program worked.

What we thought about Times Tales:
At first my daughter didn't believe that this was going to work. She watched the video anyway, and when she started working on the printables, she realized that she actually remembered her multiplication facts. These videos and worksheets have helped her tremendously! She is more confident with her multiplication than she was before. She told me that she will definitely want to review the videos every few months to make sure she can remember her facts. I was amazed at how quickly she learned her multiplication facts. It has been a struggle for her, but now she has confidence. I look forward to re-using this in the future with not only my older daughter, but also my youngest daughter.

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