Multiplication facts....again?!? The Bentz Test Laboratory has been stuck in the world of multiplication fact memorization for what seems like an eternity. With 8 testers - grades 1-12 - it's true!
We were delighted to get the opportunity to try a new approach - Times Tales from The Trigger Memory Co.arrived just in time to help my 2nd grader conquer those pesky facts! This is a digital download that uses a mnemonic device of simple animated stories to teach multiplication facts (rather than rote memory and boring flashcards!) Times Tales covers the following multiplication facts:
3x6, 3x7, 3x8, 3x9
4x6, 4x7, 4x8, 4x9
6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9
7x7, 7x8, 7x9
Our digital download contains 2 videos and 3 digital PDF files that include: printable tests, crossword puzzles, flashcards, and cube games. Once you download it, you can watch it over as many times as you want.
Want to check it out - try a free sample that will teach your child the upper 9’s in just 15 minutes!
My tester is not a "standard" learner, she struggles with reading and memorizing. I was dreading this part of math because I knew telling her to "just memorize" her multiplication facts was NOT going to work and no matter how many "drill and kill" activities we tried, the facts did not stick!
When Times Tales arrived, I downloaded it, pushed play and walked away for awhile (the struggle is real...). After I had gotten my coffee, I came back and found several of my testers crowded around the computer watching Times Tales with her!
After just one viewing, I "quizzed" my tester on a couple of the multiplication facts - I was blown away! She answered them with NO hesitation, and even retold me the story from Times Tales. Finally, a way that gets those facts into her memory!
The program gives instructions in the first video - and recommends waiting a week and watching the second video. The videos are about 30 minutes each. Basically, the numbers are presented in the form of characters that match the shape of the number - i.e. 4 is a chair, 9 is a tree, 8 a snowman... Then, they present a short video story that illustrates the multiplication fact. This method really works for my tester.
The printables include: crosswords, games, and flashcards with the numbers in the shapes from the characters and you can use them for review.
This is a completely out-of-the-box way to learn multiplication - and it really works, especially for your visual learners. This is one you will want to check out!