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5 Fun Math Resources

Math typically isn’t the first thing parents think of over the summer. But my daughter tends to take her time with math (and we have the flexibility to let her take her time in our homeschool), so we often end up working on math for some of the summer. This summer, we are also brushing up on some times tables that she doesn’t quite have down pat, using Times Tales.

I’ve rounded up some FUN math resources, from music videos to volcanic explosions, so you can brush up on some skills over the summer and/or make math fun starting this fall! The best part is, they’re all on sale (and if you’re Canadian, Canada Post isn’t going on strike this month after all).

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5 Fun Math Resources

1. Rock n Learn: Early Math

Try these super fun DVDs. Your kids can enjoy the sounds of rock and even hip hop to help them get excited about learning math. The Early Math DVDs cover addition and subtraction, telling time, and money and making change. Each DVD includes 12 to 18 video segments, and each video lasts about an hour.

Cost: $36.99 US (save $23) –> Get It Now

2. Times Tales

Times Tales is a very popular tool that uses stories to help kids memorize their upper times tables. It is what I am using with my daughter to solidify some of her times tables this summer (although we don’t have the DVD). This version includes videos and games. Why? It helps kids learn the multiplication tables in an hour – with songs and visuals!

Cost: $19.99 US (save $10) –> Get It Now

3. Math Slam

It is what it sounds like – a “Bop It” for math learning. Math Slam is a tool that uses sounds and lights – and slams – to engage kids in a fun contest of math acuity. There are 3 levels with 13 questions each. As your kids get faster they boost their score!

Cost: $40.99 US (save $2) –> Get It Now

4. ShillerMath Fraction Set

ShillerMath is a comprehensive math program that I almost picked up for my kids when they were younger. Their Fraction Set is a comprehensive supplement to any math curriculum. Part of why it’s great is because it is hands on and incorporates visual, kinesthetic, and practical learning. It includes a fractions lesson book, answer guide, parent guide, catchy songs, and unlimited downloadable resources.

Cost: $89.95 US (save $10) –> Get It Now

5. Magic School Bus Math Explosion

My kids loved the Magic School Bus when they were little! Mix a little hands-on science with math and you have active learners on your hands! It can be difficult to grasp math concepts if they aren’t applied in the real world and this is a delightful antidote for young learners.

Cost: $53.99 US (Save $6) –> Get It Now

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Times Tales – Big Sale for the Next 5 Days!

You won’t want to miss this spectacular back-to-school special on Times Tales. For the next five days only, you can purchase Times Tales for only $19.95! This is a $10 savings! But hurry, Times Tales has never been priced this low (aside from the Group Buy option) and this offer won’t be repeated any time soon. If you have a friend who could use our program, be sure and spread the word.
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If you would like to read my review on this fabulous curriculum for teaching your children their times tables in a fun way, click HERE.  Times Tales was one of my top 10 for the TOS Crew 2008-2009 Review season!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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City Creek Press: Times Alive – Review

I received Times Alive! from City Creek Press in exchange for an honest review 🙂  I just love City Creek Press’ tag line: Helping kids get a kick out of learning!

Times Alive! was easy to download and install on my Windows Vista laptop.  Just a minor note, I had to open up the containing folder and click on the .exe file in order to start the program.   It didn’t show up automatically on my Start menu and didn’t put a shortcut on my desktop.  I didn’t want to search for it in my folders every time we ran the program, so I generated a shortcut myself and dragged it out of the folder onto my desktop manually 🙂

Times Alive! is based on the book Times Tables the Fun Way!, also by City Creek Press.  When you start up the program, it gives you a warning – Warning: This Program is Only For Kids Who Want to Have Fun!  LOL.  There are 18 lessons in all.  Before the first lesson, there is a pre-test of all the 0-9 multiplication facts.  The first lesson then goes on to teach about “Zero is the King” and “The Lonely Ones”.  Every multiplication fact or Times Table is taught through a story of some sort, with rich visuals, and often a rhyme and/or music.  After almost every lesson is presented, there is a little quiz about the math facts just taught.  Along the way there are longer quizzes covering the multiplication facts taught up to that point.  At any time, you can click on “Student Progress Report” in order to see which Lessons your child has completed or viewed and how they are doing on their quizzes.

My 7 year old daughter, who loves music, thoroughly enjoyed watching each and every lesson, and almost in one sitting – I told her she was done after the first lesson and she just kept going.  “Zero is the King” especially stuck with her and she enjoys demonstrating that she knows that particular Times Table.  She also loved the “paint” activities which involved clicking on paint colours to fill in colouring pages on the screen.  My son, 11 years old, enjoyed the pre-test, but wasn’t really enthused about the rest of the program and found it a bit too “young” for his tastes.

See some of Times Alive for  yourself, by clicking on this YouTube video:

You can subscribe to the Times Alive Youtube channel to get free links to learn times tables with samples from Times Alive HERETry a demo online right now!

Times Alive! is available from City Creek Press as a digital download for PC or Mac for $44.95 US, or for $48.95 US as a CD-Rom.  If you buy an entire “Times Kit”, you can purchase the Times Alive! CD-Rom for 50% off.

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Love, Luck
Laughter,