Sunday, July 15, 2012

Schoolhouse Review: Professor B


Does anyone in your homeschool need a refresher course in math?  If your children are anything like mine, math help is a good thing.  We were recently asked to review an online e-learning math program called Professor B that promises to help your children catch up on any deficiencies in math -- and help them to get ahead.  Professor B is a no-frills, no-nonsense math program that makes your child capable of mastering 3 years of math in 1 year.  Now I don't know about you, but 3 years in 1 sounds like a super plan to me.  {And it's a great way to boost my Princess' self-esteem.}

A three-level online program, Professor B takes a unique approach to teaching math.  It is designed for the parent to be the master teacher and spend quality time with their child/ren as they learn to appreciate math together.  Unlike other math curriculums that we have used on the computer, Professor B does not need bells or whistles to gain the attention of your student.  As a matter of fact, the "host" of Professor B Math is a bee who doesn't speak at all.  There are no songs or sounds to distract from learning.  Moms and Dads are encouraged to sit beside their learning child and narrate each lesson as they study.  This way your child is being encouraged and loved on by YOU and not a computerized narrator.  Isn't that why we started homeschooling in the first place?

An easy to set up and begin learning experience, Professor B covers the following for students up to 8th grade specifically (OR any older student who needs help):

Level 1 (for Pre-K through 2nd grade OR any older student who needs help)
  • Introduction to Addition and Subtraction Facts
  • Counting to 100
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Place Value and Fractions
  • Time
  • Money
Level 2 (for 3rd through 5th grade OR any older student who needs help)
  • Multiplication and Division Facts
  • Problem Solving
  • Fractions
  • Fractional Equivalence
  • Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
Level 3 (for 6th through 8th grade OR any older student who needs help)
  • Multiplication and Division of Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percents
There are Placement Tests available to help you decide on which level your child should begin.  Once you have discovered that, the lessons are easy to begin.  The Princess and I sat down at the table with the computer between us and watched the lessons online (much like a PowerPoint slideshow) then printed out the workbook pages for her to complete.  Working together, math doesn't seem near as hard to her.  I look forward to utilizing Professor B for the rest of the summer and fall and will be excited to award my daughter her completion certificates as we work.  {How neat that Professor B includes these certificates to keep a smile on her face.}

Not just for the students struggling in math, Professor B is a math teaching plan that works for all students -- those that struggle and those that excel.  You can purchase a monthly subscription for $20 for one level and you can add additional levels for additional fees.  You also have the option of paying $100 for three years access to each level.  This is a brand new pricing option and Professor B is working to update the website.  More information is available on these options HERE.  Please call the Professor B team at 678.765.6655 to place your order and begin experiencing a love of math WITH your child today.


~Disclaimer:  I was given the opportunity to try Professor B as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  The opinions stated are mine and mine alone.  I was not paid to share my thoughts and feelings with you.  You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew thought of  Professor B  

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