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Times Tales Review by Christine Field

Trigger Memory Systems
PO Box 24
Waitsburg, WA 99361
http://www.timestales.com/

Is your child struggling with memorizing the upper multiplication facts? Dena Wood of Trigger Memory Systems has the solution with Times Tales. A charming story with simple illustrations engages your child's visual, auditory and kinesthetic senses to cement these tougher facts in your child's brain.

First, Mom reads a brief instruction manual. Then a "story" is told to the child that incorporates the troublesome facts. There is a flip chart, discussion guide, flash cards and cards to a game included in the package.

Let's give a word picture of how this works. An eight looks like a snowman, right? Well Mr. & Mrs. Swowman need to keep eating snow cones all day to keep from melting. They must eat six snow cones, four times a day. Eight times eight (or snowman times snowman) is 64. Your child has the visual, the story and the math fact, 8 x 8 = 64, memorized effortlessly.

The program does not deal with the lower facts because most children have no difficulty with these. Using this system for 15 to 20 minutes a day will help your child memorize the pesky 6s, 7s, 8s and 9s.



--Product Review by: Christine Field, Senior Correspondent, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

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