As our kids get older, there are some things that we know they must have – a solid foundation on their math facts for example – knowing these makes so many other things much simpler. Since I have two younger kiddos who are working on their multiplication facts right now, I was not about to pass up the chance to review Online Times Alive from City Creek Press, Inc. If you have any kids who are learning, or struggling, with their multiplication tables, this is a surefire way to make sure they have lots of fun while they learn. We used this online but there is also an app for iOS 9 and above so your kids can practice even when you are out and about.
This is an online subscription program; there is no contract so you simply pay for each month as you go along. With lots of catchy tunes and fun animated characters to go along with each math fact, this is a super easy way to help our kids learn some of these more important things. Even my oldest son catches himself singing along now and then – as he is studying more advanced material (preparing for Algebra) he is seeing the value of knowing these facts.
For my younger son, who was the one using this program for the purpose of this review, her started out with a simple test. To see what facts he really knew. I was able to see on his student progress report the number he got correct as well as the time it took him to complete the test. From there he moved pretty quickly through the first few lessons. As they complete more and more lessons in the program, there are also progress checks along the way to make sure that they really “get it.” For some lessons he really raced through things, in other cases we sometimes had to go back and repeat. I love that we can do that when we need to.
Some of these really cracked him up! There was a momma mouse worried about her mice not having any tails. There were army men marching up the hill. One of our favorites was the snowmen who were going camping. These are just so much fun! Even my littlest one would come over to look and see, maybe sing a little bit of the songs with her brother. My daughter loves the thirsty sixes – Something about that jingle really stuck with her. See what I mean? Music really is a powerful way to get things into our memory. My younger son, he loves archery and cannot wait to be old enough to hunt- so the Hunter sees Bigfoot was right up his alley (although he does not believe in bigfoot).
With some of the lessons there were even activities that involved coloring a picture. Now my son wasn’t really all that thrilled about this, but his sister was happy to help out. Personally, we are all about drawing and coloring when it’s on paper and pen but on the computer? It isn’t as much fun – although it can still be a super pretty picture!
This is such an easy program for our kids to use completely independently. And so we can keep track of how things are going there is a student progress section so we can see what they are learning. As we review their progress we can see if there was a movie or song; if they did any coloring and if there was a quiz/test we can see how they did. This is a super easy to read kind of place to go.
I have always found that my kids learn so much better when it is taught in a way that they can relate to. Or when they can sing it. There is so much amazing music out there that helps our kids learn so many different things. I have found that singing anything makes it stick that much faster. The stories and songs are short and simple; the animations that go along make them super fun for younger learners especially. But even my oldest son who is going on fourteen, got lots out of just listening to this as his brother worked each day.
Be sure to click below and read the other Crew reviews to see what others thought of this one. And if you might be interested in this program for your own family, using the code: lovetolearn City Creek Press, Inc will even waive the sign up fee($6.95) just for you reader.