We got the opportunity to review a wonderful program from Times Tables the Fun Way entitled Times Alive. We all know not everyone's brains are wired the same way, this causes many students to need different ways to learn new things. All of our kids are wired so differently. Caty has been struggling with her multiplication tables. I wasn't sure which direction to go with her.
Times Alive is online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way. It really makes multiplication come "Alive"! Through the use of games, fun stories, and songs, Times Alive breathes a fresh life into the boring chore of learning multiplication tables.
Multiplications facts between 0s and 9s are covered with funny songs and number people. Great for kids just learning their facts or working on reinforcement for those struggling. The program is very user friendly. The login is easy and your student can easily figure out where they left off since it is marked in their lesson plan list.
Tests are easily marked and instant grades given. Parents can also get their student's progress report with just a few clicks.
Caty has been using Times Alive for a couple weeks now. She is starting to work on memorizing her times table, so it was perfect timing. She is at a 3rd grade level, and has a very hard time memorizing her facts. She is working around a few learning disabilities.
She really has been enjoying the short, and easy to use Times Alive program. She logs in and watches her story and song. Next she answers questions meant to reinforce the song she has been singing along with.
It's really great how short the sessions are. This has been wonderful for Miss Caty and her short attention span. The whole time she has been using Times Alive, she hasn't reached her frustration level we sometimes hit with other programs. In fact there were several times, where I walked away while she was working on her lessons and she finished her lesson so quickly that I didn't believe her that she had finished. I was able to quickly check and see her score.
Caty has been making gradual improvement on her facts. She needed a little more than just the online book, so I purchased the Times Alive Student workbook to give her some more practice with the same characters that she has been watching in her lessons.
We are going to continue using Times Alive from Times Tables the Fun Way. It's very reasonably priced at only $9.95 a month. Depending on your child's progress, you may only use the program for a few months. You child, may progress through the eighteen (18) lessons in a month, or they may need a little bit longer the way that Caty does.
A few more positive points that I like about Times Review:
- The stories are fun, cute and memorable
- Multiple students can use the account, and their records are kept separate
- Easy to read printable parent records
One downside, you do need an active internet connection. Which means we can't take the lessons on the go. That makes me glad that I purchased the student workbook so I can print the extra practice sheets to match up with the lessons she works on her computer.
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to try out Times Alive Review from Times Tables the Fun Way. Be sure to visit the blog and see how they used this wonderful program in their homes.