## Sunday, July 15, 2012

### Professor B Math Review

Math tutors are expensive.  Math is also not a strong subject for me to teach.  I am OK with the basics....and then we start getting into the higher levels of teaching decimals, fractions, and even early Algebra.  In fact, Math is an extremely difficult subject for me to teach.

Joey is struggling with Math.  He gets some of the concepts and not others.  He also has trouble memorizing the facts.  This area is Joey's weakest subject by far.  So I am always looking for a new way to possibly help him grasp more in his math.

We were very excited to get the opportunity to try out Professor B Math.  It helps to build a strong foundation for future math.   This program was designed to help Teach the parent teach their child math.  It's not a program that you just sit your kids down in front of and walk away.  Parent-child interaction is crucial for success with this program.  Professor B is designed to help the parent succeed in teaching their child(ren), but also is designed to help you children succeed.

The program is designed for children Pk - 8th grade.

The levels Professor B teaches:

LEVEL I 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 II 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 III 6th through 8th grades and remediation of older learners. Multiplication/Division of Fractions – Decimals – Percents

The pro about this program is that our children fit into all levels.  So we could have used it with all the children.  The girls looked around a bit in the lower level teaching, but were not excited.  I liked the simplicity, but the girls really enjoy interactive type programs....especially Caty.  This program is not as interactive as ones we have used in the past.  They didn't mind review worksheets that I could print from the online workbook.

Joey started with Level II.  I was debating on where to start him, since he grasps concepts at such different levels.  Level II started out with multiplication and a way to remember your fact tables.  We spent much time on this section together.  We reviewed the material daily, and even used the printable lessons from the online workbook.

He struggled with the fact that there is no sound.  He really thought the bee should be talking to him.  He kept checking the speakers to see if they were turned up.  It was rather comical at times, but even I kept waiting for the bee to blurt something out...lol.
The concept of no speaking from the character is that parents are the teacher.  The parent is hands-on, and does not leave the child to teach itself in front of the computer.

That is good and bad.  Joey also did not like the lack of interactive activities in the program.  He kept waiting for a game to reinforce the skills he was learning.  He did pick up on a couple of the tricks for figuring his multiplication problems.  The lessons also were not very long

What did we really think?  I think the concept of Professor B is wonderful.  The proven success of this program with other families is high!  Unfortunately it did not work well for our children.  One is a very hands-on and a visual learner and requires manipulatives.  And Joey just plain struggles.  Given the short amount of time that we have used the program, I still love the concept and want to continue working with it.  Joey did have a little bit of a light bulb turn on in some of the lessons we were able to complete.  He grasped the concept of using his fingers to count by 2s, 3s, etc to help him solve simple multiplication problems.  That says a lot about that approach.  We will be continuing to use the product.

My wish list for Professor B.  I wish the Bee would talk and just give sections of the lesson to the kids.  They would love that, and I think it could adjust the attention aspect we deal with too.  I am grateful for the shorter length of the lessons.  I also think it is a bit pricey for our budget.  So swinging the program for all 4 of our children would be very difficult.

But if your children is able to grasp math concepts easily, this program is for you!  They offer 3 years of math can be taught in 1 year!  That's a lot of math for your dollar!

If you are interested in Professor B, you can check out a Sample lesson here.  They do offer a 30 day free trial.  Try it....I recommend it.  What other program turns you into an accomplished math teacher!!!

\$20.00 per month for each Level.  If you would like to purchase more than two levels at a time, it would be \$20.00 for the first month and \$15.00 for the second level.  And if you would like to buy all 3 levels at the same time each month, you coast would be \$20.00 for the 1st, \$15.00 for the 2nd level and \$10.00 for the the 3rd level each month.

Check out what other Crew Mates thought of Professor B.

*****Disclaimer......I received a Professor B trial free of charge for the sole purpose of this review for TOS Homeschool Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The views I have expressed are my own and are real experiences with my family. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html>:"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."