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|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:|
|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.|
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.
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.