Let me preface this by making a few points. At the time that we received this program to review, my first grade boys were just beginning to learn about multiplication. Isaac had actually started learning a bit of it on his own and did understand the concept quite a bit. However my other son, Sidge, had never even really heard of multiplication. Keep that in mind as you read my review. Sidge (who is the son I will feature in these videos) had never done a single multiplication problem. This was all brand new to him.
So how does this program work? Basically, you purchase the program and receive two thirty minute videos. These videos are focusing on times tables 6 thru 9. These are the ones that are very difficult for kids to learn. The Trigger Memory Co. presents stories that the kids simply watch and listen to. They then practice reciting the stories they learned. Here is Sidge practicing one of his stories:
Kids are encouraged not to try and figure out how this is all going to come together. I think this information is even more suited to the parents. As my husband watched this, he was, without a doubt, a non-believer. He truly didn't see how this was going to produce help in teaching our boys their multiplication tables. I was trying to be positive, but as I watched, I was really wondering if this would work as well as it claimed to work.
In addition to the two videos, there is a set of printables that goes with each set. I had each boy, on his own, watch Video #1 for five straight days. At the end of the five days, I had them take a quiz which was provided in the set of printables.
Here is a sample of one of the practice tests. Notice how they are asking them questions using pictures from the stories. On more advanced quizzes provided in the printables, these pictures are not included.
Flashback with me for a moment to when you learned multiplication tables in school. How painful were they? Week after week of quizzing with your parents. Week after week of practicing them and taking quizzes at school and being told you hadn't moved up to the next level. So exhausting!
But here is Sidge. Just one week of watching the video, and you will see the results in the video below. (You will also here Sidge tell you he didn't love the program. This is because both of my boys have decided that they don't love anything related to school work, and they nearly refuse to give me positive feedback on anything. The fact that he didn't say he hated it, is really good!)