Professor B Math

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Over the last two years, I’ve searched all over for a math program that would be a good fit for my challenging Trevor. He picks up concepts quickly, loathes repetition, despises worksheets, but really enjoys solving problems and being “smart” in math. Professor B came onto my radar last year and I looked at the samples on the site, but decided to go with Math Mammoth instead because we really like the Singapore approach to mathematics. So, I was excited when I was offered a year subscription to the Professor B site in exchange for my honest review of the different levels.

For the purposes of this review, I focused on Trevor using it {partially because I was inundated with vacation planning and then an Internet loss over vacation}, but plan to try it with both Molly and Logan this fall as the website claims it can be used with children as young as three. I’ll try and post an update on our use later this year.

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This program is comprised of three levels that each cover three years worth of math. Each level will take about 10 months to complete. The main premise is that it helps train the brain to seek and find connections between the different math domains. This gives children a strong foundation for understanding future and more complex mathematics subjects.

It does take some getting used to. Unlike all of the other e-learning program out there, this does not contain flashy animation and sound effects. in fact, it does not have any sound at all. The bee uses speech bubbles that must be read to communicate with your child. the designer of the program, Everard Barrett, wants parents to sit with their child and read the speech bubbles, interacting with their kid, and becoming a master teacher themselves.

This annoyed Trevor. He felt like I was punishing him by sitting by his side and reading to him as if he “were a baby.” We compromised and I hung out near him, looking over his shoulder periodically to see that he wasn’t taking any shortcuts. Honestly, this was always the hang-up I had with the program in the past, and what kept me from purchasing it on my own. Math is the one area I don’t have to hover over Trevor to make sure he gets. With so much going on, it’s nice to be able to send him off to do math while I work with one of the girls.

I’m interested to see how level one works with Molly this year. I need to sit with her for math anyway as she’s so young, so it may be a good fit. I’ll keep you posted. For now, the jury’s still out. I think this program could be a really good fit for you if you have a child who needs some remediation in math. Sitting side by side, helping him or her to see connections could be a very good strategy for helping them over hurdles. We’re not giving up on it here, I’m just not ready to endorse it fully. I’ll revisit this soon.

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I was given a year’s subscription to try levels 1-3 with my kids in exchange for my honest review. I assure you, dear reader, that my posts will always reflect my honest opinions and I will never endorse a product I don’t truly believe in. See my full disclosure policy here.

 

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Colleen