Learning Multiplication with Times Tales: A Review

Dear Homeschooler,

The opportunity to review Times Tales by The Trigger Memory Co. came at the perfect time. ZooKid is close to finishing up Singapore Math 2B. He understands the theory behind multiplication, has practiced the lower times tables up to 5 (although he still skip counts on his fingers), and can solve word problems. If presented with a multiplication problem above the 5 times tables, he could figure it out by drawing and counting it out, but I wanted him become more familiar with the equations and begin to memorize the answers. As it turns out, Times Tales started us down the right path.

 

Times Tales: 5 Digital DownloadsTimes Tales

  • Two digital DVD files with self-paced teaching stories with built-in reviews and game shows.
  • Three digital PDFs with the following downloadable content: worksheets, crosswords, flash cards, and cube games.
  • Also available in a physical DVD and CD combo option.
  • Cost $19.95

 

About The Product

Times Tales uses stories as a mnemonic device to help kids memorize the upper times tables 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. Each number is transformed into a picture of an object or character which are then used to tell short stories that demonstrate each multiplication equation. Once the student knows the story, they know the answer.

The DVDs do all the teaching. The student watches each segment of the movie and then participates in a game show, where they can prove their learning before continuing on. The worksheets reinforce their learning by helping the students memorize the number pictures through a fun crossword puzzle, practice computing the picture equations using drills, flash cards, and a dice game, and practice solving the numerical equations also using drills, flash cards, and a dice game.

 

How We Practiced Using The Flash Cards

To make the flash card activities more fun and engaging, we added a kinesthetic element. Check out the videos below to see how we got moving and practiced our Times Tales multiplication flash cards.

 

My Opinion

Math. Some love it, and some hate it, but Times Tales makes learning rote math facts fun! I truly believe that learning to memorize is not only a helpful and necessary skill but also a healthy one. That is why I really loved this program. And more importantly, so did ZooKid! I’ve used many different strategies to help kids learn various skills, but I have honestly never thought of using mnemonic stories to learn math equations: I think it’s brilliant.

This program requires very little prep work. I did have to monitor ZooKid’s answers to the game shows to ensure he was ready to move on. There isn’t a teacher’s manual, but the DVDs direct the learning. The transition from picture equations to numerical equations was fast and seemless for ZooKid, but we will continue to practice to increase his response time. In short, we love Times Tables.

 

Have you used Times Tales? How did it work for you? Do you have any great ideas about making flash card memorization fun and engaging? I’d love to hear about it. Comment or upload a picture below.

Till Next Time,

Jennifer

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2 Comments

  1. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)

    We’re not here yet, but I know that I’m terrible a math so something that makes it more interesting will be good.

    • This hardly felt like math at all. The kids memorize the stories and answer the problems just by remembering the stories. It was fun!

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