Review: Times Tales by The Trigger Memory Co.

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Memorizing multiplication facts can be quite the tedious task for some children.  I know my oldest son has a difficult time with this sort of task.  I’m always looking for unique ways to help him building a solid working memory of all of the facts since I sincerely believe this skill will serve him well as he learns higher math.  This is where Times Tales by The Trigger Memory Co. comes in.  

What is Times Tales?

Times Tales is a fantastic program that used mnemonic type stories to engage children’s delight as they commit the multiplication facts to memory.

When purchasing Times Tales digital download which is what I used for this review, includes all that you receive if you purchased the DVD version of this product.  The videos come in two separate files that you can easily watch on your computer.  All of the printable pages (including tests, crossword puzzles, flashcards, etc.) come in 3 separate pdf files.

 

Times Tales covers the following multiplication facts: 3×6, 3×7, 3×8, 3×9, 4×6, 4×7, 4×8, 4×9, 6×6, 6×7, 6×8, 6×9, 7×7, 7×8, 7×9, 8×8, 8×9, and 9×9.

Take a look at an example of the videos right here.

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The program is simply and straight forward. We watched the videos many times over and used the various worksheets and such in the pdf to reinforce the concepts learned.  When the first video starts you being with an introduction to the characters that make up the stories.  The characters are easily remembers because they resemble the shape of the number they represent (for example Mrs. Snowman is the number 8).  The number characters are then used in the stories that follow.

After the stories the video moves onto a game show where the children are essentially quizzed on their memory of the various number characters and the stories.  It did take us a couple of viewings to get all of the stories down well.  After the quiz it is revealed to the children that stories are actually multiplication facts.  Everyone in my house sort of gave an awed shout for joy.  They thought that was just the coolest thing ever.

It was fun to watch my son realize that he really did learn the facts (quickly) as we went through the printable flashcards together.  If there was a fact he couldn’t quite recall I was able to prompt him with a few keywords from the story and he quickly recalled the answer.  Soon he didn’t need me at all as he was remembering the stories well enough to prompt himself.

Once the child has memorized all of the stories and facts from the first video they are then ready to move on to the second video and add to their multiplication knowledge.  The second video works just the same as the first. They do recommend you take at least a week to work through the first half before moving on to the second.  I appreciated the recommendation to work slowly.  My son tends to rush through things he enjoys which sometimes means he doesn’t master the skill they way he should.

Overall

My family loves Times Tales! It is just what we needed to learn the upper multiplication facts well. It is a lot of fun and the children don’t always realize they are LEARNING!  I love that.  So sneaky in a way! This program totally took the battle out of memorizing the multiplication facts.  What could be better than that!

 

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