I had never heard of Percy Parker before I received an email asking me to take a look at his new app. Percy originated in the UK and I was in the dark about his existence but now I’m excited to introduce him to you. Percy Parker has been part of a software program and music CD that teaches children about multiplication, through song. Now he’s brought those songs to the App Store.
The app is titled Sing Your Times Table With Percy Parker and that’s exactly what you’ll do. First you choose a times table that you’d like to work on. Percy covers the times tables from two through twelve. Next you’ll decide if you want to watch the song with the multiplication grid or without it. More about that in a moment. When you’ve made your selection the Percy video will begin. The video of Percy and his band begins to play and the lyrics can be seen at the bottom of the screen. There will come a point in Percy’s song when his backup singers take over and sing through the times table. If you have chosen to show the multiplication grid it will appear on the screen at this point. As the singers work through the table the appropriate numbers on the grid will be highlighted. Towards the end of the song there is a section where the backup singers need your help. They’ll sing the times table but leave out the answers and it’s up to you to sing along and fill in the missing numbers.
The songs are unique and all are clever in the way they work the multiplication into the lyrics. Sing Your Times Table With Percy Parker is an entertaining break from drills and flashcards. Plus, I’ve no doubt that after listening to them a few times over the songs and the math will be remembered.