City Creek Press is an amazing company that has put together some products to help children learn their, sometimes boring, addition and multiplication facts. One of their many products is called Times Alive.
Wow what perfect timing Times Alive has been for our family!! My 8 year old is learning his multiplication tables, and doing an awesome job, but having a little trouble with the 3’s and 6’s. So how did Times Alive help? Take a look at this video:
Times Alive is a fun way to help kids learn and retain their Multiplication facts. They use fun and memorable stories, pictures, and catchy jingles to introduce and/or reinforce the facts.
When your child first logs in there is a spreadsheet type screen and they can choose which facts they want to work with. Each fact offers a variety of activities to choose from such as Movie (like the cartoon above), Song, Paint (they can paint a picture using the numbers in the problem) or a Guessing Game.
After completing the activities they will take a quiz. The Quiz is timed but you do have the option of printing it out. The spreadsheet also shows them which activities they have started and which they have completed. It is very easy for them to work independently. There is also a nice progress report that you can use to keep up with their progress.
We used the downloaded version of Times Alive, which costs $44.95 or you can purchase it on CD ROM for $48.95. The company that makes Times Alive is called City Creek Press and they make several other products to help learn math facts. From Magnetic Boards and singing CD’s to Activity Workbooks and Spanish Books. They have kits for Homeschool’s, kit’s for Schools, and kits for Special Education. All though they specialize in Addition and Multiplication they do offer some cute Division Cards for $9.95.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion/review. For more honest reviews from real homeschoolers, visit the TOS Crew website.