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Monday, January 31, 2011

Times Alive Multiplication CD Review

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I have had the opportunity to receive and review Times Alive Multiplication Download for PC.
 
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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

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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
Phone-800-585-6059

Fax-877-286-1163
Email-info@citycreek.com

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.

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