Jan 31, 2011

TOS Review: Times Alive!

When we started back to school in January, after our break, the kids started multiplication in math. So receiving City Creek Press Times Alive was very opportune.
This is a program that teaches mnemonics for the multiplication tables. It uses stories, songs, online coloring pages, quizzes, and games to teach the mnemonics. It covers all the fact families from zero to nine, using quick tricks for numbers like five, two, zero and one, and funny stories for other facts, all divided into18 lessons with each lesson having between three to five sections.

The program gives you the ability to set up as many "users" as you like (just remember what name you used to log-in with, because there is no drop-down menu when you go to log back in, you have to type it back in yourself) and they each have a lesson plan page where you can see at a glance just which lessons have been viewed or completed. There are also progress reports for each user where you can see just how well your kids did on each quiz.
Times Alive isn't a full curriculum, or even a drill program, but is a fun and engaging bag of tricks to remember the times tables. I allowed my kids to roam and play at will, and was pleasantly surprised at how many facts they have learned from these funny songs. Even my younger kids enjoyed the stories and songs just from watching with the big kids.

Kaytie says: "I really like it because it was fun. I like how there was all different characters and they have stories. It helped my learn my times tables because it gave me tips to remember what the answer is."
Nate says: "I enjoyed playing it. I learned a lot of multiplication facts! And I am not done! I would so recommend it!!!"
This was a fun program that my kids asked for over and over. We all enjoyed it. It was easy for me to set up and to use. Once I opened it, the kids could easily click around on it to watch their favorites or find new ones. You can check it out for free here by looking at free samples of the songs. You can see what others had to say about it here. And you can order the software here.

As a member of the TOS Review Crew, I received a free download of this program for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed are my own and my kids.


Nanette said...

I'm out on TOS blog walk and wanted to say hi!! Nice review, too!
I’m now following you, please follow me too :)http://thejoysofhomeschooling.blogspot.com/
Take care!!
~ Nanette

Lindsay said...

Great review :o) I am just walking by on the blog walk with TOS and am a new follower :)

Writer said...

I came from the blog walk. I enjoyed your review. I liked your addition of quotes from your kids. My kids enjoy the program too. I am new follower.

Lisa said...

Great review! Stopping by on the Blog Walk to say hi!

Marie said...

Doing the Blog Walk! Love the cute pic's of your children. Adorable

Leann @ MontessoriTidbits said...

Found you on the TOS blog walk. I'm follower #100! woo hoo! Looking forward to following you over the next year, as my little one will be starting K.


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