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Talking tables for Windows (Maths Educational Software for Ages 7-9) (1997) B17
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Good graphics Reinforces multiplication as successive addition Singing tables uses a multi-sensory approach No reading necessary English voice Step by step approach good for special needs This CD uses attractive graphics to illustrate the idea of multiplication as repeated addition. For the two times table, this involves counting the legs of varying numbers of clowns or soldiers (never more than 5). At first the questions are entirely oral, requiring children to type in the number of legs or the number of lots of 2, but gradually written notation is introduced as well - first as a familiar addition sum and later using the multiplication sign. The 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables are introduced with tricycles, dogs, starfish and bunches of grapes but progress here is more rapid with only one counting level before moving on to multiplication notation. An additional section gives practice with the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables but this is disappointing as it is just a series of table tests. There are no graphics and incorrect answers are just marked wrong with no attempt to provide the correct answer. The final section of the disc offers each of the tables sung to a choice of four different tunes. Children can sing along with the computer while watching a ball bounce along the tables written on the screen so they simultaneously use vision, hearing and speech - a combination that many people find helps them learn.
Disk 4/5 Manual 4/5 Case 4/5 Disk is in very good condition with some markings on the playing surface. Manual is very good with a few small marks and a few minor scuffs at the edges. Case is uncracked and somewhat lightly scuffed.