As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received online access to Professor B Math.
With Professor B, you become an Instant Master Teacher for your students in 3 different levels.
Instant Master Teacher Level 1 with Workbook & Answer Keys
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
Instant Master Teacher Level 2 with Workbook & Answer Keys
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
Instant Master Teacher Level 3 with Workbook & Answer Keys
LEVEL III 6th through 8th grades and remediation of older learners. Multiplication/Division of Fractions – Decimals – Percents
There is a free placement test available on the website to help you determine what level to start your child at. I did not use the placement test with my son. I started him on Level 1 for review purposes, then had him work in Level 2 for awhile. I then had him move up to Level 3, which is grade level for him. You start your student where they need to be, not necessarily at their grade level.
There are 3 grades of math in each level. Each level will take approximately 10 months to complete. The length of time depends on how long you work every day, anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes. It also depends on how fast your child progresses. Older children doing remedial work will move faster than those working at grade level. You can start using Professor B with kids as young as 3.
You can view sample lessons from all three levels.
Professor B is not a game, it is a teaching program. Professor B tells you what to say and when to say it. The words show on the screen and you read it. It has you ask the math question, while the student looks at the math question on the screen. There is no audio. The teacher reads it all out loud. The program is designed for the teacher to work with the student the whole time. You do not need to be a math expert to teach this program. Because Professor B tells you what to say and when to say it, anyone can be an Instant Master Teacher. Mom, Dad, grandparents or even an older sibling.
There is no tracking with Professor B. You have to keep track of what your working on and where you left off each time. While no tracking is different from every other math program we have tried, this is actually a benefit. It allows you, the teacher, to determine what your student needs to work on, when. At the beginning of every session, you go to the Table of Contents to get to where you working. For example, if your student needs to work on 2 digit multiplication, you can go straight to that section. No need to start on single digit addition and work your way up.
You will need to keep a notebook with you while your working to record where you left off each session. The student also needs paper to write on during the sessions, especially the upper levels. Nothing is inputted to the program by the student. This is a read only program. For more practice, there are printable workbooks for each level. While I did not use these workbooks with my son, I looked at them. They look very thorough, with the same concepts from the lessons covered. From what I could see, the problems in the workbook are different from the problems in the lessons. So this is truly extra practice.
Professor B is an online program, nothing to install on your computer. There are several purchasing options. You can purchase monthly, or by a yearly contract. Any one level is $20 a month. Access to two different levels at the same time is an additional $15 for the second level. Access to all three levels at the same time adds another $10 a month. Access to all three levels will be $45. a month. These prices are from the Professor B website on the day of this post.
I think it’s a bit pricey for homeschool families to use for the whole year for multiple students. However, if your child is struggling in math, this is an excellent program for them, and since you purchase it on a monthly basis, when your child is back at grade level, you can cancel.
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