Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Professor B - Schoolhouse Crew Review

My daughter is a fan of online learning so when we got the opportunity to review Professor B we were excited.  Math drill is always such a chore and flash cards are boring!  Thanks to the Schoolhouse Crew and Professor B we had an chance to practice our math facts sans flash cards!

Who is "Professor B?"
Professor B, aka Everard Barrett, served as an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department, State University of New York from 1971 to 1997 and is currently the president of Professor B Enterprises, Inc.  Based on years of research and experience Barrett master-minded Professor B as a way to help children overcome math anxiety and become not only proficient, but confident.  In operation since 1992 Professor B maintains it "Structures the Content of Arithmetic So It Becomes as Connected and Flowing as a Story."  This methodology offers students, teachers and parents a way to make math understandable and meaningful to children and eliminate expensive tutoring.

How does it work?
Professor B is a bee who serves as your online tutor.  You do not need to know math before starting, in fact the FAQ  pages says that you can start your child as young as 3 using Professor B.  This works because the Bee is silent.  Yes, that's right...Professor B doesn't talk.  Barrett did this on purpose.  He wants the parent (or teacher) to sit down with the child and the computer, read the information together and discuss it while answering the tutorial questions.  

You move through the screens similar to a slide show.  It is very simple to use.  You can work through it from start to finish or, like us, we would pick and choose the areas we needed to work on and work through that particular part of the program.   Sometimes repeating it if we needed more work.

Here are a screen shot from Place Value in Level I that gives you an idea of how Professor B works.
As you work through the screen with your child there is NO noise.  No background music, no bells or whistles.  You (the teacher) would need to sit with your child and help them understand what they should be looking at, doing and reading.  Since my daughter is five I had to help her understand the directions, answer the first few questions together, and then help her navigate the "next" button and so forth.

Working together like this definitely had its advantages.  I could see immediately what part of learning place value Kayley didn't understand and which parts she totally "got" so we could move ahead.  I knew when she needed to back up a little and re-do a segment or when we needed to use the PDF practice sheets provided by Professor B as a little extra help.

Who can use Professor B?
Professor B is recommended for children ages 3yrs to 8th grade.  Professor B teaches three years of math in each Level.   Each Level takes about 10 months to complete. 
The Levels are as follows:

Level 1:   Pre-k though 2nd grade.  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 2:  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 3:   6th through 8th grades and remediation of older learners. Multiplication/Division of Fractions – Decimals – Percents

What we liked about Professor B:
-Parental involvement let me see exactly how my daughter was doing and where she needed help
-I did not have to prepare to teach, it is all ready to go when we log in

What we didn't like about Professor B: 
-The program does not keep track of where you left off
-The silence was deafening.  Coupled with the lessons being a bit long it was easy for my daughter to get distracted and lose focus.
-Kayley didn't care for me "hovering" - she wanted to do the lessons independently

 How much does it cost?
-Purchase One level for $20.00 per month
-Two levels $35.00 per month
-Three levels $45.00 per month

-You can also purchase a yearly membership for each level at $220.00 each and receive a free Professor B coffee mug and t-shirt.

Interested in trying it out for yourself?
 Click here to view a sample lesson.

Ready to sign up?
To learn more about Professor B or to sign up, click HERE.

Want to find out what my crewmates thought of Professor B? 
 Click the logo to read more!


I received Professor B free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  
All opinions expressed herein are my own.

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