Thursday, 12 July 2012

Professor B Maths - TOS reveiw

Professor B Maths is no ordinary web based drill programme - its a methodology (which appears to be working here). I must admit I was a little shocked when I first logged onto Professor B as there was no sound - although this is intentional on their part as they designed the programme to work with a Master Teacher and student involved together rather than for a child to be left to their own devices with it.

Don't panic at the words 'master teacher' as the programme is scripted in such a way that you truly do become a master teacher.

The whole concept behind Professor B is to turn math into a sequential story, it really engages the student's ability to assimilate the information progressively and naturally.

Professor Everard Barrett "Math should not be presented as fragmented facts to memorise but in a natural story-like sequence"

Professor B comes in various levels and as its not grade based they provide placement tests to help see which would be the best level for your student. Each level also has a printable workbook for further practise. The suggested age ranges are:

Level I Pre-k - 2nd grade
Introduction to Addition/Subtraction Facts - Count to One Hundred - Lower Addition and Subtraction - Higher Addition and Subtraction - Place Value - Fractional Parts and Order - Time - Money

Level II 3rd grade - 5th grade
Multiplication/Division Facts and Problem Solving - Introduction to Fractions - Fractional Equivalence - Addition and Subtraction Fractions.
Level III 6th - 8th grades
Multiplication/Division of Fractions - Decimals - Percentages

You can purchase Professor B for $20 a month for any one level (if like me you need acceess to multiple levels at the same time you can purchase a second level for an additional $15 and a third for $10) They also have an option for $100 for 3 years access to each level but you have to contact their customer support team for the details on 678-765-6655. They do have a free 30 day trial so you can see for yourself how the programme works.

We have had great success with this programme and the girls have really absorbed the information. At first it did seem like some of the lessons were too easy so we cheated and jumped on a lesson (or two) - this was a bad idea as the girls missed key concepts and had to back track which proved to me that their methodology really works because once we back tracked everything became much clearer and the girls understanding came on in leaps and bounds : )

I loved hearing the children's comments:
Rose (9) for level 3 - "it taught me loads but it could be more fun"
Sunflower (7) for level 2 - "that makes so much sense now"
and Tulip's (5) for level 1 - "can I play with the bee yet"
The hardest aspect of the programme was finding the time to fit one to one lessons in with each child - lessons ranged from 20-45 mins plus worksheet time so it did take up a large chunk of our day (and got me to think of some creative ways to keep the others occupied and away from the computer and me) they do suggest on the website that older siblings can help younger siblings with the lessons - so I'll let you know how that one goes. Overall if you can make the time to do this properly I think its fair to say you will be amazed at the results.

You can see what my crew mates thought over at the TOS Blog

Disclaimer: I was provided with free access to the Professor B website for one year so I could provide an open and honest review of the product.

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