The Times Alive program is based on a best-selling book, Times Tables The Fun Way Book for Kids. The program teaches children multiplication with animated videos, songs, games and more to make math fun and interesting.
The membership is very easy to use! It is a month-to-month subscription, and you can cancel anytime. It is very affordable at only $9.95 a month. There is a one-time registration fee of $6.95 as well.
When you log in, there is a video that gives directions about how to use the program. I think it was helpful for parents as well as my daughter just to get an overall feel for the program.
How we used it:
My daughter was able to use the program for about 15 minutes each day. Even in that short amount of time, her math ability increased. I like how there is a parent area which allows you to go in and check your child’s progress.
The parent area also allows you to see a progress report to follow along with your child.
First, when you log in you can see the entire lesson list. I like this easy way to see the entire program at a glance.
It begins with a fluency check, which can also be printed, to see where your child is before they begin.
There are stories for the facts, games, review problems, songs and more to make each fact “come alive”. There are also coloring pages, matching, and quizzes.
There is also an app that you can download for iOs devices. This makes it easy to practice multiplication facts on the go or when you are traveling.
I think that the inside of the account could be a little more user-friendly.
Also, we were confused because sometimes my daughter did an assignment and it wouldn’t be marked as complete.
It also only remembers where you were on one computer. I didn’t know that, so my daughter had to always use my computer in order to go back to where she was. I would prefer that the program allowed for multiple device usage, so that we could use the program anywhere in the house.
All in all, my daughter really enjoyed using the membership. As a credentialed teacher, I liked the way that the math tables were presented.
Besides the minor suggestions that I have, overall I think this is a really good program. Instead of the boring flashcards and memorizing the multiplication table that children are usually subjected to, the Times Alive program really brings multiplication to life.
I think that this program makes your student want to learn due to the many different activities inside the program. Whether you have a second, third, or even a fourth-grader all children who need assistance with multiplication can benefit from the program.
If you have a child that needs a boost in learning their multiplication, or just want a fun way to review definitely check out this program.