I don't think any one academic skill has frustrated my children more than trying to memorize their multiplication facts. This year Sassy has had to learn multiplication, and it hasn't been any less difficult for her than it was for the other girls. I was really excited to have the opportunity to review Times Tales from The Trigger Memory Co. to see if this would help her.
For this review, we received a downloadable version of their DVD version of Times Tales. The download includes:
- Parts 1 and 2 of Times Tales videos (These come in an MP4 format. If you aren't technology-terminology challenged like I am, you know these are videos. LOL)
- Parts 1 and 2 Printables (These come in PDF format.)
- Answer Key (This also comes in PDF format.)
The second step in the videos is to learn the stories. For each multiplication fact, there is a story that involves the 2 characters (numbers) and the answer. So for the problem 6x4=24, the story contains the character for 6 and the character for 4 as well as the number 24. Since Sassy remembers stories easily, this really helped her to remember her multiplication facts.
The third step in the videos is a story quiz. This is a cute game show format where they challenge the child to beat the clock to answer each question. This really spoke to Sassy's competitive side. She wanted to beat the clock and was very excited when she was able to get all of the questions correct.
The fourth step in the videos has the child be the story teller. The child is challenged to tell the stories correctly for each story fact. The video emphasizes the importance of saying the story in the right order. This way the corresponding multiplication fact will be remembered correctly.
The fifth step is practicing flashcards. This step is where the video introduces the corresponding multiplication problems for the stories that the child learned. These practice flashcards have the numbers in the multiplication problems represented by the characters in the story.
The sixth step is flashcards with just regular numbers, not the characters. This is also presented in the beat the clock game show format that was in step three. In this step, they also introduced a division challenge, where they showed a division problem and asked what was missing from that story. I was absolutely amazed when after a couple of days of watching the videos, Sassy came up to me and said, "32 divided by 8 is 4." When I asked how she knew that, she said, "Well, 4 is what is missing from the problem 8x4=32."
I cannot say enough about how well this program helped Sassy learn her multiplication facts (and her division facts as well)! Now if they could create a program that would help her learn to keep her room clean. LOL
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