Monday, January 31, 2011

City Creek Press: Times Alive! Review

I have a confession to make.  I have been eyeing this product for many years now!  The product I'm talking about is called Times Alive!, by City Creek Press.  They use a fun and different way to present multiplication facts to children.  There is definitely no boring drilling of math facts here. 

What they do differently is take multiplication equations and put them to cute stories and songs.  This method helps children retain their math facts more quickly (and it is fun for them to learn)!

I think this would be a great product for those children who are brand new to multiplication and also for those who need help with memorization of their facts.  My daughter would be in the latter.  She has known her skip counting facts from 1 to 15 since Kindergarten (also to songs).  Now that she is in second grade though, she is starting multiplication, and although she does fairly well, she will use her skip counting songs to get the answer, which takes up time.  I want her to give quick answers without counting and Times Alive! has helped that with us! 

In this sample animated story for 6x8, you can see after the story, that when it is 6x8, 6 is the chef and the cake is in the shape of an 8.  The cake is "for the 8" (48).  You can also listen to a few sample songs, a music video (which happens to be one of our daughter's favorites), and several samples on their YouTube Channel!  She really loves the songs and I have to say that they are very catchy (which is why they help with retention so well)!

My Thoughts:  I love Times Alive! and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a product to help their child with their multiplication facts. 

Thoughts of a 7-Year Old: I like Times Alive! My favorite thing are the Thirsty Sixes; which are 6x6 and thirty (thirsty) six (sixes). It's fine, but I don't like it... I love it! :)  

Find Out More:  You can find more information about Times Alive! on their website, City Creek Press.  I received the Times Alive Software Instant Download, which sells for $44.95 and teaches the 0 through 9 times tables.  Their website has over 20 other products, including kits for the classroom, kits for homeschool, and other individual products. 

My Crewmates are also reviewing Times Alive!, so you can check out what they think HERE.

Disclosure: This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.



Tina Peterson

Hmmm I just sent several links for preschool activities for my sister to use in her daycare with the 4 year olds and I'll have to forward yours too. I was looking for a montessori activity type blog - yours'll do nicely!

I have the same design on my blog at;

We'll have to cheer each other on!

Tina "The Book Lady"

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