Posted in Resources

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.
3-D_DVDTaking advantage of this special offer is simple. Just add one of the below items to your cart and use the code

BTSSAVINGS to get your $10 discount.

Times Tales – Print

Times Tales w/Mini FlipTimes

Tales/Mini Flip/Memory Trigger

Times Tales DVD

Times Tales DVD w/Mini Flip

TimesTales DVD/Mini Flip/Memory Trigger

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 &

Posted in Resources, Reviews

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 it free 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.

Other products available from City Creek Press:

Click below to see what other members of The Crew thought about Times Alive!:

Love, Luck

Posted in Reviews

Trigger Memory Systems – Multiplication & Chores – Review


My family had the tremendous gift of reviewing products from Trigger Memory Systems!  I honestly can’t say enough good things about these wonderful products, that are fantastic for not only homeschooled children, but any child.

Wow, Times Tales really works!  We all snuggled down together on the couch for “Times Tales” time, myself, my 9-year-old son and almost-5-year-old daughter, briefly a few times a week for 2 weeks.  My daughter just loved the “stories” and could easily repeat them.  While my son understood multiplication and could do it, he had to think about each multiplication problem instead of being able to immediately answer – we had tried various things such as drills and Multiplication songs, but nothing had yet worked as far as making Times Tables automatic.  This really worked!  At the end of the two weeks, with just a little bit of time spent, my son could not only automatically give each answer for all the upper Times Tables, but could also easily do the division using the flash cards provided as well.

How does it work?  Each number is a character, for instance on the cover of the Student book you can see a treehouse which is the number “9” – so the problem 9×9 is two treehouses and there’s a story that includes the answer.  These are so easy to remember that even Mom can remind the child “two treehouses” if they forget when given the problem, so they can remember the answer.  Also included with the book is a Parent book with step by step instructions (which you do have to read before using, don’t skip this step LOL), along with multiplication and division flashcards, games and puzzles.  The best thing is, the entire package is reusable, so I can bring this back out and re-use it when my daughter is actually learning multiplication to brush up on her Times Tables!

Times Tales is available for $29.95 US on the Trigger Memory website.  Contact them for shipping information to your address prior to your order, as they pass on the exact shipping cost to you and do not include general prices on their websites.

Trigger Memory System’s Clean N’ Flip Charts include the titles “Zone Cleaning For Kids”, “Bedroom Cleaning For Kids” and “Laundry for Kids“.  We enjoyed all three.  I enjoyed the fact that things were getting clean around the house.  My children enjoyed (yes actually enjoyed) cleaning using these products.  Zone Cleaning is something we now use weekly around the house – at the beginning of the week, each of my two children choose a Zone – Kitchen, Bathroom, or Living Room that they are responsible for daily throughout the week.  My almost-5-year-old daughter often clamours to start her duties first thing in the morning LOL.  My 9-year-old son has decided that he likes taking care of the Kitchen best, and that is usually his Zone.  Each day they flip through and check off with the included dry erase marker each task to be completed, including the task of the day.  For me this fits in beautifully with my following Flylady, and I can concentrate on other tasks knowing that they’re taking care of two areas of the house for me.  The Laundry and Bedroom Cleaning are lovely flip charts that show easy, step by step instructions that they follow and flip to the next.  It is amazing what kids can do when they have a fun chart to flip.  My daughter isn’t quite old enough to reach to do the laundry herself yet, but my son, at 9 years old, can do so easily.  When either of their rooms seriously need a tidying, I can just hand them the Bedroom flip chart and tell them to go to it.  No more will they tell me they don’t know where to start 🙂

The cost is $29.95 US for the complete set of 3.  Or they are available separately:  $17.95 US for the write-on-wipe-off, complete with dry-erase marker Zone Cleaning for Kids, and $7.95 US for each of “Bedroom Cleaning” and “Laundry”.  Information on Shipping to Canada is not available on their website.  Once you have placed your request for an order, Trigger Memory Systems will inform you as to the exact shipping cost, at which time you can decide whether or not to complete the order..