For this review, we were gifted an online subscription for Times Alive from Times Tables The Fun Way. Let me tell you, this one has been a lot of fun for us to do! Times Alive makes learning Multiplication fun for everyone.
Times Alive teaches your child their times tables through online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way. These animations bring learning to life for children, making it easier to memorize their multiplication facts and remember. The characters make learning multiplication not so scary and the fun songs are catchy so that children's can easily remember what it is they are learning.
About This Product/Online Subscription:
When you go to your Times Alive account, you will log in with your user name and password. Once that is entered you will log in with your child's name. From there, you are taken to a page that allows you to complete lessons to learn.
The first lesson is called Pre-test Nuts and Bolts. This is basically a little test to show what you already know about your Multiplication facts. Let me say, when I did it, I had forgotten quite a bit! Glad I can use Times Alive to brush up on my Multiplication facts as well!
Throughout the lessons you will find movie clips from the adorable Times Alive characters... think Numbers come to life. There are also songs clips to learn the multiplication facts. Guessing games to test what you know and painting fun just to give a fun extra element to learning. Periodically there are Progress checks which are basic review of all the things learned through using Times Alive as you go.
All the learning activities are presented on the main log-in page with a quick key guide to help you understand what you are looking at. When an activity starts there is a bubble circle that is blank. When they finish half an activity, the bubble is then half colored in yellow. When the activity is done, then the circle is colored completely in yellow with an A inside.
These online animated lessons cover the times tables from 0-9 in multiplication facts. A parent or teacher can print a child's progress report from the students main page as well to keep for record or to show changes the student has made in their learning. You can also find a printable list of the program's directions on this page to help you learn how to use Times Alive best for your student.
A Little About My Past:
Growing up, Math was my least favorite subject. It just was not for me and still today it's my least favorite. Because of this, I'm always looking for programs that make teaching math to my kids easier for me. Times Alive is one of those!
(Believe it or not, I was a Math-a-lete in Middle School. Don't ask how that happened because I still don't know. That's a story for later on.)
When I was growing up learning my math facts, I had the hardest time learning multiplication. I could divide long before I could multiply which is kind of weird because the two kind of go hand in hand. The only way my teacher could get me to grasp my Multiplication concepts was to send me home with a multiplication program like Times Alive that taught me my Multiplication facts through song. It was the best thing ever and without it, I'd probably still be struggling with Multiplication today! So when I learned we were going to do this review for Times Tables The Fun Way, I knew it would be a great way to learn, a great program for my kids and even great for me to brush up on my long-forgotten Multiplication skills.
So on to...
How Did We Use It:
This was easy for us to implement into our day to day life. I simply handed the kiddos the computer and said, "let's do something fun!" Even as Eclectic Unschoolers, this program worked out great for us. We signed in and played around with the program. The older kids sort of made it a competition to see who knew more. They laughed when the simple mistakes were made and corrected each other. They helped each other solve the answer to that fact together.
Then there were the videos. The little kids looked forward to seeing the characters. The big kids didn't mind listening as well. But those songs... those were the things we repeated until we learned the fact we were on. All four kids, 4-16 enjoyed listening and learning together.
So we are still using this, every few days to review what we know. Is it the way it's intended to be used? No way, but we've made it work for us. Would I pay for it if I wasn't doing this review? Yes, I sure would because it's something my kids enjoy and have learned from. It was really easy to make it work for us!
How Can You Get Your Own Subscription:
Times Alive from Times Tables The Fun Way is available for $9.95 a month with a one time $6.95 set up fee. This gives you access to the full online program. It can be used with multiple children. You can cancel at any time. Sound and Video are required to use this program on any computer.
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