Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Steps4Kids to Multiply - A Review and Giveaway

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Steps4Kids to Multiply (numbers 0-12) is the latest offering from Steps4Kids, LLC.   This is a company that makes educational DVDs  for kids to use at home or in the classroom.  This is their first mathematics DVD, following three award winning handwriting programs.  If you're worried about your child regressing over the summer, or want to help a struggling learner, this is a great program to use.

To begin, there is a 10 minute presentation for the parent or teacher.  This describes how to use the program in order to get the most out of it.  Accommodations and strategies for special needs children are also discussed here.  (this mom of Aspie Kids was very happy to see that!)  There is also a short lesson which discusses terms and properties for the students.

Steps4Kids to multiply

Once you are ready to begin with the times tables, the format of the DVD is simple.  It introduces one number at a time, starting with zero.  Each number has a special rule, pattern, or trick that  is highlighted first, such as numbers multiplied by nine will have an answer with integers that equal nine.  When done in the order suggested, (o, 1, 10, 11, 2, 5, 9, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12) the lessons build upon each other.

Each number is it's own track on the DVD, and the lessons are between 5 and ten minutes long.  They are short and simple, but memorable and entertaining, too.  The entire DVD is about 80 minutes long.

I found the lesson length to be just right.   The lesson gets across before the children get bored.  Also, because each number can be accessed separately a student who struggles with one particular number may revisit that one as often as needed without having to watch the whole program.

As I mentioned, the focus is on patterns, simple properties, and easy ways to remember the times tables.  I also like that some related math terminology is interspersed in appropriate places, like teaching the pentagon shape when discussing five.  Although this is not a stand alone math course, it is a fantastic tool for memorization, and is sure to improve the math skills of children who are just learning their times tables, or who may be struggling to memorize them.  (Even I learned a few new tricks!)

I really like the way different teaching methods are employed.  The lesson is taught orally, with repetition, but there are also visual aids and the patterns are shown on a 12 x 12 times table grid.  When solving the problems, they are shown both vertically and horizontally to train the eyes both ways.

It is possible to use interactive whiteboards, or the student(s) can use pencil and paper for the end of unit problem solving.


I thought this was a great teaching tool.

If you'd like to order Steps4Kids to Multiply (0-12) visit the website at www.steps4kids.com/ .  The DVD is $24.99.

I'm also hosting a giveaway for this DVD, thanks to the generosity of the Steps4Kids Company.

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