Monday, January 31, 2011

TOS Review ~ Times Alive

Do you need a super fun way to get your kids to KNOW their times tables? I was beginning to think that was an impossible feat until I found Times Alive, Times Tables The Fun Way by City Creek Press. Check out this video to see it in action.
Check out their other videos on Youtube Times Tables The Fun Way Youtube Channel by clicking the link.

My 8 year old son loved this and has learned almost all his times tables just by doing this program alone as we have only done about 1/4 on our own. He constantly wanted to “play” the math game. I mean he begged me some days. I see him doing 6X8 in his regular math and I am blown away by the fact that he knows it, by memory!
My 15 year old had some trouble and wasn’t crazy about it. He of course “already knows” his times tables. Uh, no son, sorry adding on your fingers doesn’t count. Really he did know almost all of them but he could use the practice. The problem came when he logged in with a different name. And this is my only real beef with the program. There is no actual user name to select you just type in a name and it starts the program from day one. Great when you begin, horrible when you can’t remember what you used and you are halfway through everything and have to start over.
I loved the way your student was assessed, worked through the program and re-assessed to check for understanding along the way. It even keeps a record of the learning and assessments, like a progress report. It is not just a memory system but a stand alone multiplication curriculum. Those of you who need mastery based math this one is for you. If you use spiral this would also fit in well as you can decide when you want to work on various fact families.
City Creek Press provides math fact memorization products to help with addition and multiplication facts. Using various formats children in any setting can strengthen their skills in a fun and engaging way.
Times Alive Software - For Windows PC Instant Download
Our Price: $44.95  (also available for MAC)
Times Alive CD-ROM
See how other homeschoolers liked this product at TOS Crew and make an informed purchase.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this product for review purposes. All opinions are my own and completely honest. I received no additional compensation.


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