The Professor B math program, authored by Everard Barrett, has a 30 year history of achievement with research proven results. The idea is to have a thoroughly structured content with a developmental, contextual flow that allows children's minds to assimilate math in the same way they assimilate a story. This helps to close any gaps in their knowledge, while the truth telling in arithmetic helps the student to thoroughly understand and retain what they have learned.
The Professor B math program can be started with children as young as 3 years old. I used the program with my 4 year old and one of my 12 year old twins, who is in 7th grade. I'm not very fond of math (especially teaching it) but one of the great things about this program is that you don't need to know math to teach it. If you can read, you can become an Instant Master Teacher of math which gives you the option of having an older sibling, friend, or grandparent fill in and teach if you can't.
The lessons vary from 10 to 45 minutes depending on the age of the child. The younger the child, the shorter the lesson. Our Level 1 lessons ran about 10-15 minutes but my son lost interest after about 6-8 minutes. I think the main reason for this is that the lessons have no sounds and the bee does not speak. This was an intentional decision as they state that this is a "teaching program" and not a game. This is probably "the" main reason why I think this program is just not for us. My son is hardly ever on the computer, except when we play educational games together, so it was not that he was used to fancy graphics and audio. I think it just has more to do with the fact that right now, he needs the extra stimulation to hold his attention so that he can learn what is being taught. The lack of audio might be very beneficial to other families though! Especially, if being used with a student who cannot tolerate much distraction and needs help focusing on the task at hand.
As far as my 12 year old is concerned, even in Level 3 she found the program a bit too easy, and not challenging enough. She was finding herself going over some of the same lessons she had learned in 4th grade. She is also not the type of learner to have somebody sitting next to her or hanging over her shoulder so this program did not work for her independent learning style either. I, myself, found it difficult to devote 100% to teaching the lesson while at the same time having to tend to my 2 smaller children.
One of the great things about Professor B Math is that the program covers 3 YEARS of math in 1 year. It amazes me that by using this technique that it is possible for a child to accomplish something like learning to read whole numbers up to hundreds of trillions and instantly name the place value of each digit in first grade or to master multiplication facts & long division by second grade. I've never heard of any other program like this and I hope that in the near future my son will come to enjoy the program more!
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Professor B Math offers a month-to-month, pay as you go, subscription plan for individuals as well as a 1-year contract. If you are a school or group, please contact them for more information by calling 678-765-6655 or email email@example.com. Monthly subscription prices for individuals begin at $20 per month with an additional fee for levels 2 and 3.
**Update on pricing: From Professor B- "We also have a new price change on our yearly subscription. Our program can now be purchase for $100 for 3 years access to each level. Our IT department is working on changing the site. However, if the customers call 678-765-6655 we will be able take their order and honor the new price."
So, what does each level include?
|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|
Placement tests are offered and can be found by clicking on the "E-learning" button and then scrolling down to the bottom of the page, on the right-hand side.
Certificates are also available to print out upon level completion. I think this is a great option, as my children usually like to have their accomplishments recognized in some way!
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