One of the best advantages of homeschooling is the freedom to choose which resources work best for our children on an individual basis. The ability to tailor their education to their learning style creates a recipe for success and encourages the eagerness to learn. Even in subjects we don’t particularly like, such as math.
I recently had the opportunity to review Times Tales from Trigger Memory Systems. It’s a math video designed to help kids memorize the upper multiplication tables.
Learn Multiplication Facts with Times Tales
I had been researching Times Tales because I thought it would be a good fit for my 8-year-old daughter, who happens to be on the autism spectrum. She learns well with visual cues and the repetitive nature of multiplication facts lends itself to the style of this video.
For the last decade Times Tales has received hundreds of positive reviews from bloggers, teachers, and parents who have tried their products and found them to be successful for their children, even after other programs that claimed to work had failed. Times Tales is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee as well.
How It Works
We received the digital download of Times Tales for the purpose of our review. It was a simple process to download the video (MP4) and printable files (pdf) to my computer.
Times Tales is broken down into two video parts. Part 1 covers upper multiplication facts of 3 and 4, while Part 2 covers upper multiplication facts of 6 to 9. The facts covered are:
It is recommended that you wait one week in between watching the two parts, using that week to do the printable worksheets and flashcards to reinforce the learning.
Each video part is broken into the following steps:
- Meet the Characters
- Learn the Stories
- Story Quiz
- You’re the Storyteller
- Practice Flashcards
- Written Test
The animations are basic line drawings with little color or motion, but this allows the students to focus on the numbers and facts, rather than distracting cartoons.
The characters of Times Tales are numbers in disguise. The stories use these number characters in combination in order to remember the multiplication facts. If you’d like to see it in action, check out their sample video on YouTube. It’s a great way to get a little bit of extra information on how the videos work and to introduce it to your kids before making a purchase.
All three of my daughters (13, 8, and 6) sat down together to watch the video with me. My oldest already knows her math facts, but she thought the memory triggers used in the stories were clever. My two youngest were quickly picking up facts after watching it just once. They were able to follow along with the video quizzes and accurately retell the stories. When it came to the flashcards with just the numbers rather than the character illustrations, their speed did slow down and they missed one or two of the facts. With repetition, they were able to get the answers 100% by the second and third viewing. They wanted to move right on to Part 2, but I wanted to wait a week as recommended. They were glad to work on the printables, which include flashcards and a crossword puzzle.
After about two weeks, the girls still remember the Times Tales stories and ask to watch the videos again. They have successfully learned the facts, but they have not gained speed with them yet. When we go over the facts, they have to think a minute to remember the story in order to get the correct answer. I am glad to trade speed for accuracy, however. I think speed will increase with time and as long as they remember the stories, they won’t be guessing at the correct answer.
I recommend Times Tales for kids who learn well visually and who are struggling with remembering their times tables. Trying this technique might do the trick and save frustration for everyone!
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Disclosure: I received a free digital download of Times Tales for the purpose of review. I was compensated for my time to write the review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.