Posted on July 25, 2016
Times Tales Review
As we are continuing with some light schoolwork over this summer, one of the activities I have given our 3 daughters to do is to watch Times Tales twice a week. I bought this a couple of months ago, and we have now used it enough that I feel able to give a Times Tales review for you.
In the past, we have tried various ways of learning and reviewing multiplication tables in our homeschool, including games such as Your Number’s Up, and Times Tables Soundtracks; times tables songs CDs (painful!); and plain old rote learning. Our children obviously each have different strengths and weaknesses in their different areas of learning, but I have found Times Tales to be the best way of learning the upper times tables so far with our daughters. Our son is older and had already learned his times tables long ago, so we have not used it with him.
I purchased the digital download of Times Tales from the American publisher’s website, Trigger Memory Systems, for US $21.95. This includes downloads of the part 1 and part 2 videos which explain the concept and give the stories for learning the tables. Review questions are at the end of each video, and separate downloads give printable worksheets and flashcards for practicing the stories.
Our girls have really enjoyed using Times Tales, and even our seven year old seems to remember the ‘tales’ with the correct answers relatively easily. Although the animations are perhaps aimed at younger children, up to the age of ten, our 12 year old is more than happy to watch Times Tales, and has definitely reinforced her previous learning of the tables through them. You can see a clip of what the animations are like here:
I would definitely recommend Times Tales to anyone looking for a simple way to strengthen or introduce learning of the upper multiplication tables, and it is also available on DVD, with a CD ROM for the printables, if you would prefer that to the digital download. There is also a Times Tales book available for those who would prefer to use that method.
Do you have a favourite way that your family likes to learn and review times tables? Please comment and let me know.
I bought Times Tales myself, and was not compensated in any way for this review. All the opinions are my own.
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