Math and I were not friends when I was in school. When it came time to start teaching my son about multiplication I knew I wanted to find some fantastic tips and tricks to walk us through this. I started asking around for a good program to help teach the multiplication facts, the first answer I kept hearing was “Times Tales!”
Times Tales are easy to remember stories for the upper level multiplication and division facts. The child is first introduced to all the characters that will be on the DVD, which are actually numbers. Mrs. Week resembles the number seven. Mrs. Snowman is the number eight (think of the shape of a snowman and how it can look like an eight). Once they learn all the characters they learn simple stories which help them remember the math facts.
It is available on either DVD format or book format. You can also purchase a flip chart to go with it. We just have the DVD and I think it would be nice to have the flip chart to go along with it as well. I much prefer the DVD over the book alone. The stories are cute without being overly silly, and my boys are much more prone to watch the stories and retain the facts in their head over and over again versus simply picking up a book.
As with anything involving math, you must drill and drill some more. There are printables that come along with the DVD, and it helped when I printed them off and we used the actual flash cards for drill.
I recommend Times Tales for anyone who is looking to teach their child the multiplication and division facts! It’s very helpful and makes it more enjoyable to learn!
Trigger Memory Systems also has created the Clean n Flip Charts. These spiral bound chore charts are broken down in easy, step by step directions in how to clean a room. Included are the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. It also comes with a marker to use on this erasable chart.
My children were so excited to get these! I didn’t even have to tell them to do chores, they grabbed the book and started following the directions to clean a room. I was super happy! Of course the excitement has not stayed quite at that level, but I still find this a very good way to direct your children in doing their chores without requiring a lot of mommy brain to do it.
I’m thankful for companies who come up with products that help make a mother’s job easier. Trigger Memory System is definitely one of those companies that takes some of the burden off the mother coming up with these creative ideas herself.
(I was sent these products to review, but I was not paid by Trigger Memory System for this post. All thoughts are strictly my own. Affiliate links are in the post)