Monday, January 31, 2011
TOS Review - Times Alive!
Do you remember how you learned your times table? Probably with a lot of straight out rote memorization? Maybe with some black and white, no frills flash cards for some variety? For some kids, that method works really well. I have a daughter who seems to have been born knowing her math facts. If you don't learn best by those methods, memorizing math facts can be an incredibly daunting challenge. I have another daughter who would fall into the latter category. So when I was chosen to review Times Alive! from City Creek Press as part of the TOS Crew, I was giddy with anticipation.
Times Alive is a computer based program that makes learning your multiplication facts fun. Through a mixture of songs, stories and fun cartoon type graphics, kids painlessly learn their tables. Times Alive is available as a download for PC or MAC for $44.95 or on CD-ROM for PC or MAC for $48.95.
To see some samples of what I'm talking about, check out Times Alive's You Tube page!
Our take on the product for our homeschool? While I really wanted this program to work, and it might just need more time for my daughter in particular, it didn't help the child that I used for this review. For her, the program was overly distracting. The things that I liked about it, catchy songs and lively graphics, overloaded her and I could see her eyes glaze over. I know there are others out there with students like my daughter, over stimulation makes them shut down, and are searching for something that will help, which is why I mentioned that for her, this wasn't it.
However, her younger sister, who I did not officially use this program with, loved all that action and I think for her, this would be a really good fit. I think this product has such a great potential for my kids and I will be continuing this program for my 9 year old and have my targeted child keep viewing the videos on her own time frame.
City Creek offers many programs to help make math fun. It's a company that is definitely worth checking out!
To see what others on the Crew thought of Times Alive!, click here.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.