Professor B Math- Schoolhouse Review

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This past month we got the privelege of reviewing a math program called Professor B Math. I always love trying new math programs and this is a fun one!

The program was created by Professor Everard Barrett a college math professor.  It uses the program called Mathematics Power Learning which teaches math like a story in a continuous flow. 
Here is what they say about their program on the website:

The Professor B Math Program has a powerful history of achievement over the past thirty years. This claim is substantiated by many testimonials, statistical analyses and research. We have set many precedents in mathematics education:

Kindergarten and first graders mastering the lower/higher addition/subtraction facts and reading numbers in the hundreds of trillions (fifteen-digit numbers).
Second graders mastering all multiplication facts and long division.
Fifth graders mastering “seventh grade math.”
Fifth and sixth grade classes in the most disadvantaged communities outperforming ninth graders on statewide algebra exams.
We have consistently delivered HUGE GAINS in math scores.
There are three levels of Professor B Math to choose from- we only used level one since my children are young, so that is the only one I can really tell you about. 
Level 1:  Pre-k though 2nd graders and remediation of older learners. Introduction to Addition/Subtraction Facts – Counting to One Hundred – Lower Addition and Subtraction – Higher Addition and Subtraction – Place Value Fractional Parts & Order – Time – Money
Level 2: 3rd grade through 5th grade and remediation of older learners. Multiplication/Division Facts and Problem Solving – Introduction to Fractions – Fractional Equivalence – Addition and Subtraction Fractions
Level 3: 6th through 8th grades and remediation of older learners. Multiplication/Division of Fractions – Decimals – Percents
There is a free placement test on their site if you are unsure which level to start with. They also offer a free trial on their website.
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The Professor B Math program is an E-Learning program with lessons kind of like a Power Point presentation.  There is no sound, and it is all animated with a cute little bumble bee character that teaches the lessons.  It is very easy to navigate.  There is a table of contents that you can use to click through to the various lessons and topics. You click through the different lessons- as you click the next part of the slide comes up.  There are also printable worksheets to go along with the lessons that provide extra practice.  At the end of a lesson it often would tell you to repeat it and practice it a number of times before moving on to the next lesson. 
Cost of Professor B:
For just one level you pay $20/month
For 2 levels, the second is an additional $15/month
To add the 3rd level is an additional $10/month
You can chose a month-to month subscription or a year-long contract.
They are updating their prices and are now offering a three year subscription for $100.  The website does not yet reflect this price change, but if you are interested you can contact them to ask for it-
678-765-6655
Our opinions and experience:

Pros:

I liked the way that they taught and presented the concepts.  They had some fun game-like lessons that my son was interested in.  The visuals were great!  It is something your kids could work on by themselves if they are independent learners.  I think it is a good program for reviewing concepts that kids are struggling with, or for introducing new concepts.  I was grateful for the extra practice of the worksheets to reinforce the lesson.  I do think we will continue to use it this year as an extra supplement.

Cons:
This program was a bit of a struggle for my son- but he never likes doing any kind of math.  He didn’t like the repetition of the concepts and how slowly the slides moved. I also think they jumped to a new level too quickly. He wished that the bee talked, too.  There is no sound at all.  The program is not interactive, you don’t type in answers, just click on the next arrow.  It also doesn’t keep track of where you left off last time- you have to do that yourself. The worksheets were a good practice of the concepts covered, but I felt like they were difficult to find the ones covered by the lesson- they need a direct link to the page from the lesson, in my opinion. Instead it linked to the entire workbook and you had to scroll to find the page you needed. You may want to print them out & put them into a notebook to make it easier. I don’t feel like this would be a full math curriculum, but more of a review/optional extra.

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As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this program for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  I was compensated in no other way for this review.



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