Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Times Tales Giveaway!

The winner is: #19 the Prudent Homemaker. Email me with your info, and I'll get this right to you. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Times Tales: So, wow. I heard about this book, last year, from a friend of mine. Xavier (my 8-year-old son) started doing multiplication at the beginning of this year, and I had forgotten about the book. We struggled with trying to memorize the multiplication tables. Now, I'm a big proponent of memorization of math facts. It just makes using them easier. But, Xavier has understood multiplication for years. And, he was having a hard time memorizing them. Finally, after we had already moved on to division (I refuse to hold him back when he is already learning pre-Algebra from watching Gabriel do it), I remembered April's recommendation. I asked her if she still had her books and she loaned them to me. I brought them home and, one night while Xavier was waiting for Dominic (the 5-year-old son) to go to sleep so that he could go to sleep, we sat in the chair together and read through the book. It was 11:00 at night. We went through it in about 20 minutes. The next day, Xavier still remembered all his multiplication facts. Finally, we can stop worrying about this. I highly recommend these books. At $14.95, they aren't much more than a set of flash cards, and cheaper than some music CDs that teach the multiplication facts. They are faster than either of these approaches.
One caveat to this, Xavier is a right brained thinker. He thinks in pictures. I am a whole brained thinker and learned the multiplication facts while lying in bed at night listening to my dad say them to me over and over again. That did not work for Xavier. This book would have driven me up the wall. Probably with Mrs. Week and Mrs. Snowman in the car. On the other hand, I can't guarantee that. It might have taught me my facts faster.
























A funny note about the way Xavier did his multiplication before this book: If the problem was 3x9, he would say, "9x2=18, plus 9=27." If the problem was 4x9, he would say, "9x2=18, plus 18=36." If the problem was 9x6, he would say, "9x2=18, plus 18=36, plus 18=54." That boy could do that type of multiplication faster than most people can do regular multiplication. But, now he's even faster, and he's less frustrated.


So, in honor of the fact that this is such an amazing resource, I'm giving one away this week. This giveaway will end at 11:59 P.M., Tuesday, February 3. Good luck!

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41 comments:

  1. Oh I'd love to have this for my niece, she's really struggling with her times tables.

    rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

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  2. i homeschool so i know i will use this!!

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  3. i can use this with my rebekah!

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  4. i forgot on the above comment- my addy is sadiekate2001@yahoo.com!!!

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  5. I have a friend who's daughter is having a hard time in school and I think this would really help her.

    sallylynnsara@hotmail.com

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  6. My 5 year old loves math, he isn't up to multiplication yet but I'm sure he'll enjoy it soon
    aahaft at gmail dot com

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  7. This would be great for my kids!

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  8. oh this is so hard to teach! it'd be perfect...thanks for the op :)
    sp82877@yahoo.com

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  9. My daughter could use this.
    Melissa Waters
    svnhm1@yahoo.com

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  10. Thank you for having this!
    I would love to win. I could use this with my 3 children.
    Thank you
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  11. I wish I could have had this when my step-son had a mental block about learning the times tables. I could use it now with the upcoming little ones.

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  12. I'm planning on Homeschooling my 3 youngest and math has always been my biggest worry in doing this.

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  13. My 8 y/o could really use this! She is struggling with her multiplication tables and getting a poor score in math because of it.

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  14. This would be ideal for my grandson. He is just learning his tables and struggling.

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  15. Oh, this would be great to have! We are struggling with our son right now to learn these...they look pretty neat! Thanks for the chance!

    sandalsndaisies(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. My son is struggling in math right now. This would be real helpful.
    Thanks for the giveaway:)
    angelacisco at rocketmail.com

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  17. What a great way to learn multiplication tables!
    pkildow at gmail dot com

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  18. I have been interested in this book for a long time but it hasn't been in my budget.

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  19. We would put this to good use at our home! Thank you for this great giveaway!

    Cheryl
    myheartmyhome@bellsouth.net

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  20. I STILL don't have my facts memorized. I couldn't do the flash card thing. My kids could really use the help, too.

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  21. I've heard so many good things about Times Tales. I'd love to have this for my son. Thanks!

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  22. I would love this...I have a ds who just hate times tables....thank you for giving me the oportunity at this giveaway...Carol Jo
    cvdmvega(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. We've just started multiplication and I think this would be a great addition! Thanks for the contest.

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  24. Cool giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. I have wanted to buy this! I hope I win!

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  26. We homeschool, but I have never tried these. I would love to be entered.

    michelle at northofthe49 dot com

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  27. I've had my eye on this for quite sometime. My oldest just seemed to automatically know his times tables. My middler though, well, he just needs the help. Thanks for the chance!

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  28. What a great way to learn math! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. My grandson could really use this.

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  30. Great giveaway! I would love to have this for my son. Please enter me! Thanks:-)

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  31. My son is just learning multiplication and could really really use this!!

    karla at endikos dot com

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  32. I am hoping to homeschool my son and I would love to win this!

    owatz (AT) telus (DOT) net

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  33. I am a teacher and would love to share this with my students! What a neat idea!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  34. what a great idea and would be great for learning those tables, they can be tough

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  35. This looks like a great resource for learning the math.

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  36. Wow! I really need this...mt daughter is having a tough time with the times tables. If we larn them in a song she can ge them....but then she has to sing the song in her head...
    I hope I win! ;o} It sure would help me out!tlb3405@yahoo.com

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  37. This would be perfect for our learning loving family!

    Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

    leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

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