IT’S TIME TO MEMORIZE THE TIMES TABLES
It’s second semester in your child’s third grade class. Your child has returned to school after the winter break, and you are breathing a sigh of relief to finally have some time to regroup after the holidays. Just a few short days after school has resumed, he comes home with a letter from his teacher explaining that they are starting to memorize the times tables.
The letter explains the importance of being able to quickly recall multiplication facts and how this critical skill will impact future math success. You feel your heart beat quicker, but you continue reading. The letter goes on to list out a schedule for when the students should have each set of math facts memorized. They will be starting with the easy times tables – the 2’s and 5’s, but they will quickly be expected to memorize each set of more challenging multiplication facts.
Panic begins to set in as you see the dates for each level of multiplication mastery listed with rewards for the children who meet those dates. Something out of the Prize Box for the 6’s, a candy treat for the 7’s, A Root Beer Float party for the 8’s. Tears well up in your eyes as you remember your oldest child missing that classroom Root Beer Float party three years earlier because she didn’t have her 8’s memorized in time. At the bottom of the letter is a friendly reminder to PLEASE REMEMBER TO STUDY MULTIPLICATION FLASHCARDS WITH YOUR CHILD EVERY NIGHT.
Disclosure: This post was written by a member of the Trigger Sisters’ team – founders of Times Tales, Pet Math and the Kids Chore Chart.
Memorizing Multiplication Facts Doesn’t Need To Be Stressful
You set the letter aside. You did practice multiplication flashcards with your older child, but she still didn’t master her 8’s quick enough. If she couldn’t memorize her 8’s in time for the Root Beer Float party, how will your son do it? The answer is simple. He can do it with Times Tales.
Times Tales is an innovative story-based program that makes memorizing the upper multiplication facts fast, easy and fun. The visual, simple stories provide students with a “memory peg” that allows quick and effortless recall of the upper multiplication facts. Times Tales provides a multisensory approach to memorizing the most difficult to memorize times tables: 3×6, 3×7, 3×8, 3×9, 4×6, 4×7, 4×8, 4×9, 6×6, 6×7, 6×8, 6×9, 7×7, 7×8 7×9, 8×8, 8×9 and 9×9.
How Times Tales Works
Times Tales is available as a video (DVD or streaming with printable reinforcements) or a workbook (with an online Game Show Quiz). For most children, just one of these individual programs is enough to have all the upper multiplication facts memorized in as little as two weeks. However, some students need additional reinforcements which is why Times Tales offers bundles.
Times Tales is divided into two parts. The first part covers the 3’s and 4’s and has eight stories, and the second part covers the 6’s, 7’s, 8’s and 9’s and has ten stories. It is recommended to complete Part 1 and then wait at least a week before completing Part 2.
Take a peek inside to see how this innovative multiplication program works.
If you choose the video version, each part consists of watching a 30 minute video (including a Game Show style quiz), along with completing some reinforcement activities. The video comes with downloadable printables, so you can choose which reinforcements your child needs and can redo them as often as needed. Many students will need to watch the video a couple of times to ensure the stories and related facts really sink in, but a lot of students have them memorized after just watching the video once! The workbook version has the same stories, but they are read instead of watched in a video.
It really is as simple as that. When using the Times Tales program, most students will have their upper multiplication facts mastered in as little as two weeks! Times Tales literally has hundreds of overwhelmingly positive reviews from amazed parents and teachers. They are so confident in their product that they offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
When your child’s third grade teacher sends home the dreaded multiplication facts letter, don’t panic. Get Times Tales. And tell your child to get ready for that Root Beer Float party!
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