The Traveling Sisterhood: My Kiddos Learned Their Times Tables in An Hour... for real!

Saturday, October 10

My Kiddos Learned Their Times Tables in An Hour... for real!



Update: Save an extra 15% on your entire purchase and get free shipping by using the code WELCOME16!

I had heard so many amazing reviews of Times Tales from other educators that I really started to wonder about it.  I was hearing things like, "My children learned their upper times tables in an  hour" and I heard stories of teens who had learned the times tables this way in school and still remembered them by remembering the stories. When I had the chance to review it, I jumped at the chance!  I was curious when I first put the DVD on to watch it with my kiddos.  The method is simply stories that provide students with a "memory peg" allowing them to quickly recall otherwise abstract facts.  The stories aren't exciting and they're only a couple sentences long each, things like:

After each story, the video shows how it translates into math problems. This one means 7 x 4 = 28.  Not sure how we arrived at that?  Just wait and see!  After the stories, there are flash card reminders and timed reviews during which you pause the video to tell the story.


During the beginning of the DVD, you learn the characters, each of which symbolizes a number.  For example, Mrs. Week is the number 7.  A chair is the number 4.  A treehouse is the number 9.  And so on.  As we watched, I wondered if it was really working. 

 
It's worth noting that Times Tales only goes through the 3,4,6,7,8, and 9 multiplication facts, but these are the ones it's hardest to remember.  It doesn't cover 0, 1, 2, 5, and 10 which wasn't a problem for us as those are the super easy ones.  The program also comes with bonus division problems which is definitely a plus!  I really love that it comes with so many printables--24 pages total--including a dice game for each part, 4 written tests (2 with picture helps; 2 without), flashcards, and crossword puzzles.



The DVD is broken into Parts 1 and 2.  On the first day, we watched Part 1, did the printable crossword puzzles, and then took the first quiz.  My 9 and 10 year olds scored 100%! The next day, we watched Part 2, played the dice game that came with the DVD, and then took the quiz with picture helps.  Once again, 100%.  The following day, I had the kiddos take the quiz above.  Again, 100%!  I was so impressed I can't even tell you! Below, you can see my kiddos playing the dice game. This is after watching the video one time.  Sometimes they have the math facts memorized even when they don't remember exactly how the story goes but they definitely know the answers!



There are a variety of ways you could use Times Tables:
  • In a homeschool setting, like we did.
  • After school with kiddos who are having trouble memorizing their times tables (I really wish we'd had this when I was a kid!)
  • For kiddos with learning disabilities.  There are so many succeess stories of this working for kids when other programs have failed.
  • In an elementary school classroom.  I can't even imagine how many less papers my 5th grade teacher would have had to grade!  We did multiplication drills every single day during our 2nd semester!  This really beats that.
I think it's important to point out that the purpose of Times Tales is to teach memorization.  Children still need to understand the concept of multiplication--the fact that 7x4=28 means 7 groups of 4 equals 28 needs to be understood. I actually taught my kiddos this using Lego bricks (bookmark the lesson plan here).  They loved it and it worked! It was the perfect combination along with the Times Tales video.  This is one product worth buying!  It's so amazing, but if you need more than just my recommendation, head to Amazon and read all the raving reviews... but do not buy the DVD there--it costs too much with them.  
Times Tales is $10 less from Educents!


Where to Buy It
You can purchase Times Tales on Educents at 33% off which is $19.99 from Educents.  This price is even $10 lower than Amazon's and you get free shipping with the code APPLECIDER16 through 9/30. Or get the downloadable version for $13 with the coupon code CJ10! Comes with all the same videos and printables including quizzes, worksheets, and a dice game.



217 comments:

  1. Awesome!
    I've never heard of this program before but it sounds great.

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  2. My daughter so needs this.

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  3. My kids need this! Me too!

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  4. Excited to learn about this. My daughter struggles with her multiplication and nothing else has worked for her.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your experience with this product. It sounds exciting!

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  6. Sounds like a great addition to our homeschool family!

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  7. Whoops forgot to mention I found you on Facebook

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  8. This sounds great! Thank you for sharing your review and this learning tool with others. I also found you on Facebook.

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  9. saw you on fb..this program sounds awesome!

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  10. Found you on FB!

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  11. Would,love to try this with my student who is a delayed learner and is getting so frustrated with times tables!

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  12. This looks like just what we need.

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  13. Rachel Anderson7:22 AM

    This looks really neat. I'd love to give it a try!

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  14. Very interesting - would love to have! Disco ered you on fb

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  15. How nice of you to share! We are just starting multiplication, so this would be wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  16. Awesome! Even if I don't win, it gives me an idea of something good to buy for my kids. =)

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  17. This sounds like a great program. Hoping it will help my son.

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  18. Sounds really cool!

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  19. I've been liking into this, sounds to good to be true. Thanks for you review.

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  20. This has been sitting in my wish list forever!!!

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  21. I have never heard of this, but after reading your review, I realize that this would be the answer to my prayers!!! We need this!

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  22. I've been thinking about TT for awhile now. I love Educents! Btw, i saw your post on FB about your post. Thank you for sharing!!

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  23. I'm always super skeptical about things like this, but if it works it would be fantastic for my three 4th graders, and even my 5th grader!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. I forgot to mention that I saw your giveaway on Facebook in my previous comment.

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  25. Oh wow! This would be great! We are homeschooling our grand daughter and this would be such a great help.

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  26. This looks like a great DVD program! I am homeschooling my 3 children, so this would be a great one to add to our classroom!

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  27. this would be fantastic for my 4th grader who is struggling with multiplication!

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  28. I found your blog on facebook! :)

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  29. Found you on Facebook!

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  30. I found you on Facebook!

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  31. Found you on Facebook!

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  32. We love Times Tales... and we found you on FB.

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  33. I would love to use this. I saw this on Homeschooling with Netflix FB group.

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  34. Found you on fb! Great idea for a giveaway!

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  35. Hope I entered correctly? Technical issues my end

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  36. Angel Y.6:28 PM

    Everyone should own Times Tales.

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  37. Anonymous6:29 PM

    Awesome! Would love to win this!

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  38. My sons really struggles with math I am sure this will help him learn easier.

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  39. Jen L.9:47 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway - and I found you on facebook! :)

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  40. Found your comment on Facebook. I would love to try these with my daughters!

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  41. Anonymous1:01 AM

    I'd love to win. I hated multiplication as a kid. Hoping to avoid that scenario with my kidlets.

    Carrie M

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  42. Anonymous1:03 AM

    And I saw your Facebook post on the BookShark page!

    Carrie M

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    1. Anonymous1:06 AM

      Whoops. I mean the Netflix page. :)

      Carrie M

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  43. I'm commenting to enter the GIVEAWAY for my four girls that I homeschool.

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  44. My nephew loves to be a #mathlete!! He is so smart! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. Can't wait to win! It's my first year back in 3rd grade, so I'm ready to help these kids master the facts.

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  46. I'm a homeschooling mom with a kiddo who loves science, so I really want to help her be skilled at math.

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  47. It would be great to win this ! I'm a homeschooling mom to 3 little girl's :)

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  48. I would love to try this! I'm adding it to my list of resources. I struggled with learning multiplication as a child, I get the concept just not the memorization.

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  49. Tamalyn L.1:56 PM

    Okay - we totally need this. I have three children currently trying to learn their multiplication, but my 3rd grader is really struggling. I'll definitely pick it up even if I don't win - thank you!

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  50. Oh I would LOVE to try this. My son is 10, going on 11, and is still struggling. :/
    Thank you for even having this opportunity! :) <3

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  51. This sounds awesome, would love to try this with struggling kiddos.: )

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  52. This would be worth trying. My son is really struggling this year so far.

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  53. I'm always looking for ways to make facts easier, thank you!

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  54. I'm always looking for ways to make facts easier, thank you!

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  55. Anonymous11:00 PM

    I really want to try this as we are really struggling in this area!

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  56. Anonymous7:17 AM

    I think pegging to a picture/story is a great idea. My daughter struggles with working memory, and this same combo has so improved her reading (Saxon Phonics Intervention) Thank you!

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  57. With a 14 year old creative son that just seemed to start memorizing and 3 other boys trying to learn without a lot of progress we would love to try this out..!!!

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  58. This looks promising

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  59. Anonymous7:57 AM

    Looks fun!

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  60. Lokks like a great program! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. this looks interesting and I'm skeptical how useful the recall will be in problems when it matters....if the story they have to remember to recall the fact would get in the way of the actual story problem they are trying to solve, etc.

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  62. Amber Peak9:33 AM

    I am VERY interested. We learned our sight words via DVD, so this looks exciting to me!

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  63. Thanks for the giveaway. I am looking to get these for my visual learner. :)

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  64. Never heard of the program bur interested in using it.

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  65. Sounds awesome, my son is 10 and has autism he is struggling with his times also..

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  66. Anonymous2:18 PM

    I REALLY need this..I am a homeschooling grandma and both my grands need some help in this area...hoping to win to see if it is all the reviews say it is

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  67. Thanks for the info. It'll be a great supplement for when we get into multiplication and build fluency.

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  68. I just saw this for the first time yesterday! I think my audio learners will love this!

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  69. This would be great for my daughter

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  70. This sounds amazing! I'll be looking into it more for my kids!

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  71. I would love to try this out with my homeschooled 3rd grader. I wonder if my Kinder could pick it up as well?

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  72. Shared: https://www.facebook.com/AutumnKisses/posts/10153638198944431?pnref=story

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  73. My sweet girl need this!!

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  74. Would love this! Thank you so much!!

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  75. This looks to be a great method to help my daughter memorize the times tables. Thanks!

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  76. This looks to be a great method to help my daughter memorize the times tables. Thanks!

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  77. Jody W.8:27 AM

    This looks like an interesting way to teach multiplication. I would love to win this for my son. After we were done using it I would prob gift it to his teacher or another family memeber. (Couldn't see my other post so not sure if it had gone through.)

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  78. We need times table help! This looks great=

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  79. Christina10:15 AM

    My 5th grader, who is repeatin 5th grade this year b/c of failing math, could totally use this!

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  80. Would love to have this for my 2 boys

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  81. I've always wanted to try this curriculum.

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  82. I've always wanted to try this curriculum.

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  83. I would love to enter, but the page isn't there, any suggestions?

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  84. This looks very interesting!

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  85. Cynthia Owens10:40 PM

    My daughter is a very visual learner...this might be the key for her math struggles!

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  86. Wonderful.My 4 year old just did Chess@3 and it is amazing how the story line has taught her to use every piece. I taught myself to do math by making up stories about the numbers and equations. Brilliant concepts! I will be sharing this with the teachers I know.

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  87. This sounds like it would be a great program for my daughter. She is struggling to memorize her facts.

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  88. I need this for my eleven-year-old who doesn't know his facts.

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  89. This sounds great! I can't wait to get it for my kids!

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  90. Wow! I am impressed, My 9 year old is still memorizing the times tablevam=nd we use LOF Math, Rock n Learn dvd, flash cards and Unifix cubes. This would be a great addition. Thanks

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  91. My oldest children have been struggling with learning their times table and this would be a great help.

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  92. Awesome would love to use this

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  93. I would dearly love to try this in our homeschool! I know some adults that could probably benefit too!

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  94. What a blessing this would ge!

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  95. I started Homeschooling my 12 year old this year. I did this because I know he is very smart but the school was just passing him along from grade to grade without him learning the lessons needed to move on to the next grade. needless to say by age 12 he was so far behind that there was no way he could ever catch us in a school setting. He barely knows his multiplication and so I think a program like this would be good for him.

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  96. I have been waiting for this to come back into stock on Amazon. Thanks!

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  97. My kids would really love this. I think it would really help my daughter who struggles with math.

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  98. Anonymous12:03 AM

    What a great way to engage kids into learning math!

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  99. My daughter is just starting multiplication, so we could use this.

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  100. Hannah11:05 AM

    What a neat concept! Amazing how this works. My nephew could use this dvd.

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  101. Hannah11:07 AM

    tweet https://twitter.com/vulcanjava/status/656139374321471488

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  102. Anonymous12:32 PM

    My kids really need this program.

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  103. I have been looking for something like this!!

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  104. Willing to try anything with my stuggling 3rd grader!

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  105. I have bought things from Educents before, as well as snagged some of their great freebies. They're awesome for homeschoolers, or like us, parents who want to supplement the school education that their children get. My son was sick when the class was learning their multiplication tables together, so this will definitely help him catch back up!

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  106. Sounds wonderful. Anything to make it easier.

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  107. Would be great for my daughter

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  108. Sounds effective

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  109. I'm intrigued. I'd like to try this with my children!

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  110. my daughter has an IEP and this would help her a lot

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  111. This sounds amazing!

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  112. This would be amazing for my 3rd grader who is learning these concepts!

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  113. Sounds great, hope I win!

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  114. This looks like a great learning tool! Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

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  115. Anonymous7:45 PM

    Looks like a great program.

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  116. Stephanie8:25 PM

    I would love to use this with my children!

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  117. We aren't quite there yet, ;) but this sounds like a great resource when it comes time for my kids to learn this!

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  118. Great review! I have wondered about this program. My daughter could use it.

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  119. This would be great for my daughter.

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  120. This would help my reluctant fact memorizer SO much! Thank you for offering the giveaway!

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  121. This sounds like what we need! My 6th grader is struggling in math :(

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  122. This sounds so neat! My kids could really benefit from this!

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  123. My son would love this! We just started homeschooling this week!

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  124. We would love this!

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  125. My son sure would love this!

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  126. With a 6th grader who is struggling thus could be a refreshing change to encourage her

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  127. Would love to give this a try with my homeschooling co-op class!

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  128. Would love to try this.

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  129. My son needs this!! We would love to win. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  130. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing your review!! It's always great to personally hear from another mom about a product that is effective!

    Kristi D.

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  131. This looks like a great tool!

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  132. This looks like a great tool!

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  133. Looks like an interesting set.

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  134. Anonymous12:22 AM

    This would be so helpful and amazing! Seems like a great program and I would be so excited to try it :)

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  135. I'd love to try this with my boys- and then pass it on to others!

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  136. Wow I would really love one of these for my 8 and 11 year old looks like a awesome way to learn math \

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  137. Love Times Tales! My dear friend is actually the one who developed it, so we've been using it now for a while!

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  138. I haven't heard of this before but if it works it'll be a huge asset for the whole family

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  139. misty brown2:11 PM

    This would be amazing to try!

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  140. Wow...I've never heard of this before! I'd love to try it!

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  141. I would love this for my struggling fourth grader and my advanced first grader!!! It looks too good to be true:)

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  142. I would love this for my kiddos.

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  143. I would love to use this for homeschooling!

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  144. KJersti Mc9:12 AM

    Just starting to do the multiplication tables. Glad to have found this!! Thanks

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  145. I hope this helps my son. Thanks.

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  146. My son learns much better through interactive means, he would love this!

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  147. This would benefit my children.

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  148. This would benefit my son so much!! Love that you are passing it on!

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  149. This would be great for our EI classroom!!

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  150. oh I would love to try this with my kids!

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  151. My son will be learning these this year. This would be awesome to win. :)

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  152. Sounds like my boys could really benefit from this.

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  153. This is great. My son would love this. We currently do sing song rhymes but I think he would love this!

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  154. this is fantastic..i hope i win and if not, i'll definitely be buying it!!

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  155. I am with most of the replies here, I am probably going to buy if I don't win!

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  156. My son is in third grade and is behind on learning his times tables, it is just harder for him to memorize than the other kids, his social anxiety causes him to think of himself as dumb, after we continually tell him he is smart and he just needs to keep practicing. This would be heaven sent to have this for him to learn from.

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  157. My son is in third grade and is behind on learning his times tables, it is just harder for him to memorize than the other kids, his social anxiety causes him to think of himself as dumb, after we continually tell him he is smart and he just needs to keep practicing. This would be heaven sent to have this for him to learn from.

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  158. Anonymous8:25 AM

    Awesome. I want to try this
    Kbard4576@gmail.com

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  159. Brandi Allen11:10 AM

    I really need to try this with my girls big time.

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  160. Shipping is $6, may as well as order on amazon!

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  161. Shipping is $6, may as well as order on amazon!

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  162. My son is struggling in this area. He's 11. What a blessing this would be for him.

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  163. It look interesting and great. Hope can be helpful for my daughter that need help in this area. Thanks!

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  164. My 10 year old has been struggling. This would be great!

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  165. Anonymous12:58 PM

    My youngest could use this

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  166. sounds like a cool video

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  167. I've been looking at this for awhile now. Would love to use it.

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  168. This looks amazing!

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  169. Anonymous7:12 AM

    Thank for sharing the information on the product :-)

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  170. This sounds amazing! Two of my kids really struggle with math. Maybe this is the solution!

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  171. This sounds amazing! Two of my kids really struggle with math. Maybe this is the solution!

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  172. My son is a whiz at math, but straight memorization of times tables has had him stuck for almost a year! He *still* doesn’t have them all down. We would love to try this - especially since we have another one coming down the pike in a couple of years. Thank you!

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  173. My son is a whiz at math, but straight memorization of times tables has had him stuck for almost a year! He *still* doesn’t have them all down. We would love to try this - especially since we have another one coming down the pike in a couple of years. Thank you!

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  174. We just started homeschooling this year & I have a 3rd grader...so multiplication/duvision are are big math focuses this year. What a great idea!!

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  175. I'm going to look into this, looks like a great way to end the multiplication battle.

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  176. Jennifer6:44 PM

    My 3rd grader is just learning multiplication. She is always behind when it comes to math. This would give her a leg up on her classmates.

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  177. This looks great!

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  178. This looks great!

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  179. I'm so excited about this. We are slow in math at our house--I never enjoyed it and I'm not the best at teaching it, so this method thrills me!

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  180. My kids would LOVE this!! :)

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  181. I'm a home schooling mom and would love to have this. I tried to find it on Facebook to comment but I can't so hopefully this is enough.

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  182. I think this would be a great way to teach our times tables! Thanks for the chance! :)

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  183. I'm a new homeschooling mom and would love to have this!

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  184. I think this is a great idea! Anything to help with memorization!

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  185. I think this is a great idea! Anything to help with memorization!

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  186. Love this, thanks for sharing !

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  187. Anonymous12:53 PM

    Sounds good!

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