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Monday, January 31, 2011

Times Alive Multiplication CD Review

I have had the opportunity to receive and review Times Alive Multiplication Download for PC.
Who is City Creek Press?

From their website: "City Creek Press, owned and operated by educational pioneer Judy Liautaud....Judy was determined to find a way to help her students learn math tables in a fun and meaningful way. She created a unique method that connected visual images, stories, and songs to mundane number facts.

The great success of this method led Judy to create her first publication, Times Tables the Fun Way, which was published in 1992 through a company she established called Key Publishers. Judy’s second book Addition the Fun Way soon followed.The newly named City Creek Press moved to its new location in Minneapolis in July 2000.
Today City Creek Press offers 20 original products that serve one purpose – to make learning a fun and memorable experience for children throughout our nation."

What do you get when you purchase this product?
This new program makes learning multiplication facts more fun than ever. It is based on the Times Tables the Fun Way Book for Kids and teaches the zero's through the nine times tables.
•PC Windows Download Version
•Students read along while they hear the storyteller.
•Lively animation makes the number characters come alive.
•Each story is followed by a music video with a catchy song.
•Interactive games and fun quizzes engage the student while testing recall.
•Progress reports summarize date lesson completed, quiz scores, and time elapsed.
•Students may stop anywhere and resume where they left off. The program remembers.
System Requirements
Windows PC
Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Pentium II 400 and higher
64 MB of Ram or greater
Soundcard and speakers
Mouse or other pointing Device
CD-Rom or DVD-Rom Drives
Video at 1024x768 or higher

My Thoughts on this Product:
I decided to put both of my boys on this program. They are 11 and 9. My 11 yr old struggled with learning his higher number multiplication facts. The basic math drills were not helping him. We've placed him in front of charts, speed drills, workbooks, you name it and nothing helped. My husband is the math teacher in our homeschool and he was getting real frustrated because my son knew everything else and wanted to move forward but couldn't because he needed to memorize the multiplication facts. He was at a stand still.
My 9 yr old loves math but there was a few multiplication facts that he couldn't remember so I put him on this as well. I saw results the first week we used this program. Instantly they were getting the cute stories and applying them to the math facts. My 11 yr old absolutely LOVED the 4X4 storyline to help memorize 16 even though he knew that fact already. Because he learned that story the first week it kept him interested and helped him move along quickly.
I loved watching my boys get it! For the first time in a long time they were enjoying their multiplication and it no longer seemed a chore. You know it's a great program when you have your children begging you to do that first. The program makes it real easy to look at your child's work to see how they are progressing. If they take a test you can see the percentage they got, and how long it took for them to take the test. I loved that I could go back and have him do the test again if I felt it was not good enough or needed reinforcement. You are also able to print off tests for them to take at the table away from the computer.
If you are looking for a multiplication program to help teach your child the facts this is something you should look into. It takes away the boring stuffy textbooks and really makes learning fun. And the best part is they remember!!
You can check out their website HERE
Please check out the video below to learn more about this great software.

Company Contact Info:

City Creek Press, Inc.PO Box 8415
Minneapolis, MN 55408


I received this product as a part of my involvement in the 2010-2011 TOS Crew in exchange for an honest review of this product. No other compensation was given.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

One Thousand Gifts 111-135

Multiple Blessings, One blessing @ a time

111. watching my daughter enjoy cooking for the family
112. watching my two boys make lunches while Momma has been sick
113. my hubby taking care of me these past four days while I've been sick
114. hot baths when your body aches from sickness
115. hot showers to help relieve the congestion
116. energy to do my review while I was sick
117. my upcoming books to read and review in February
118. doing our taxes because is shows that we have a job to support our family
119. the library, to help in the cost of homeschooling
120. getting school done in a timely manner
121.being able to rest these past four days while I've been sick
122. my DD11 making tea for me everyday this week
123. watching my DS9 make his Pinewood Derby 'schoolbus' w/ his daddy
124. daddy being able to stay home to take him to his car race since Mom was sick
125. the excitement of him racing his school bus
126. being sick so I can see how grateful I am for the family I have
127. the energy to go grocery shopping when I thought I had none
128. the melting snow
129. the warmer temps
130. listening to my boys playing together
131. my daughter doing the dishes without needing to ask her
132. having my boys do their chores without having to ask
133. feeling better
134. really soft Kleenex tissue
135. friendships

Thursday, January 20, 2011

One Thousand Gifts 101-110

Multiple Blessings, One Blessing at a time

101. Energy to exercise twice today
102. Being able to run longer intervals on the treadmill
103. Signing up for my first running race
104. watching my boys huge smiles as they get their martial arts uniforms
105. the many thank you's I received from them the rest of the day
106. my daughter's vet class
107. making homemade hamburger buns
108. the extra hug and kiss from my hubby before he left for work
109. yummy decaf green tea I found and it's organic too
110. watching my daughter make important decisions about her future

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One Thousand Gifts 81-100

Multiple Blessings, One at a time...
81. working out at the gym and feeling my muscles work hard
82. the $ to have a gym membership
83. a healthy dinner w/ smiling children
84. hubby making dinner this week to relieve me for a night
85. my bible time each day
86. digging into the Word each and everyday this month
87. aching muscles knowing there getting stronger
88. having hubby home for three days this weekend
89. TOS Crew reading review that I hope will help my youngest read better
90. being able to get up earlier each day before the alarm & have energy to do so
91. PaperbackSwap- being able to give my books to others
92. making birthday cards to give to friends & family
93. watching my boys understand multiplication
94. Zumba Classes @ the gym
95. Step class @ the gym
96. weight lifting class @ the gym
97. seeing hubby cuddle with DS9 while he was sick this week
98. my kids watching old TV shows and loving it
99. clothes given from my friend in the mail today
100. youth group starting back up this week & the kids excited about going

Friday, January 14, 2011

One Thousand Gifts- 61-80

Multiple Blessings, One at a time...

61. getting a card from my hubby to tell me I am appreciated.
62. exercising at the gym
63. taking Zumba classes and meeting new people
64. exercising with friends and my daughter
65. making wholesome meals for my family
66. making bread from scratch
67. listening to the kids desiring to eat fruit and veggies
68. sore muscles, knowing I worked hard
69. healthy horizons F/T that is helping teach me to be mindful of our health
70. watching my oldest son earn his yellow belt in Martial Arts
71. my hubby's 38th birthday
72. the delicious carrot cake I made for his bday.. mmmm
73. the happy smile on his face when we came to his work to surprise him w/ the cake
74. the friendship I am forming with my workout buddy and her family
75. being a part of the TOS Crew this year
76. the wonderful reviews I've been given at the perfect time
77. my daughter's desire to make dinner
78. my husband's hard work at his job so he can provide for our family
79. listening to my youngest son read aloud
80. seeing the huge smile on my oldest son's face after he completes his schoolwork for the day.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

One Thousand Gifts- 41-60

Multiple blessings, one at a time.

41. getting stuck in the snow & remembering my hubby's loving words on how to get out even though he wasn't there to help me.
42. watching my baby turn 9 yrs old.
43. watching the children's excitement opening presents on Christmas Day.
44. watching the snow fall and knowing you are warm inside
45. having my daughter home with me full time
46. spending time w/ other homeschool mom's at Barnes n Noble
47. watching my daughter make new friends
48. watching my son's gleam with smiles when taking Martial Arts classes
49. hearing the words " Can we go to church today" from the mouth of my 11 yr old
50. reading the Bible everyday
51. Feeling God's presence over me.
52. being able to cook healthy, natural foods for my family
53. the financial provisions for our family to be able to purchase organic foods
54. the knowledge of what's healthy and what's not
55. Gold's Gym membership for our family
56. my laptop purchased by my hubby
57. a child's birthday party
58. baking several dozen cookies with the kids
59. making a snowman cake for a bday boy
60. watching my youngest son enjoy his Cub Scouts meetings