A month ago, I posted a review of a skip-counting cd, 100 Sheep and Counting, that my family has loved. Today I want to post a review of a second cd: Multiplication Mountain by Hap Palmer.
It was hard to find a good cd with multiplication facts that weren't rap. And I found two! This cd by Hap Palmer is the first. I'll be reviewing the other in another post soon.
Do I think this is a great teaching aid for kids learning their facts? Yes. Definitely. I used to think Hap Palmer's music was very old fashioned. I had bought into our culture's idea that newer is always better. But, it isn't. Hap Palmer's music is very kid friendly. It's easy sing along with and listen to. It sticks in your head--which is exactly what you want with a cd like this one which is intended to help kids learn their multiplication facts.
I've talked to a lot of moms and learning the arithmetic facts is something that most kids struggle with. It's a long climb up a big hill. They'll get there, but I think that anything we can do to help them on that journey is a good thing. Simply looking at flash cards doesn't work for a lot of kids. Especially if a child is an auditory learner. Music is a great teaching tool that sometimes I forget to use as a teacher and as a mom.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this cd for review from Hap Palmer.