### Professor B E-Learning

As a member of The Crew, I was asked to review an online math program called Professor B Math. The "B" stand for Everard Barrett, the man who created this methodology of teaching math. He strives to connect all the pieces of mathematics into a flowing story, instead of presenting it as disconnected bits and pieces that can become confusing to children.

What It Is:

I reviewed the first three levels of the online program Instant Master Teacher. This included the online teaching time, plus a downloadable workbook and answer key. There are three levels currently available:

Level 1: Counting to one hundred, addition/subtraction,  place value fractional parts and order, time, and money

Level 2: Multiplication/division, problem solving, fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction with fractions

Level 3: Multiplication/division of fractions, decimals, percents

This online E-Learning is meant to be a full time math curriculum and not just a supplement. A placement test is available on the website at no extra charge.This is in pdf form, which you would print out for your child and then evaluate to see which level to begin with. When you choose a level, the first thing that comes up is a Table of Contents, which is a list of math topics. Within each of these chapters are lessons to watch. When your child clicks on a lesson, Mr. Bee comes onto the screen. He is a cartoonish bee, holding a pointer. The lesson begins with the Bee "talking"; by this I mean a bubble appearing over his head and then words appear. There is no audio to this power-point type presentation; you as the teacher would sit next to your child and read the text to them aloud.

The teaching is done in a question/answer format: for example in the chapter on multiples Mr. Bee will ask in his bubble, "Is 24 a multiple of other numbers?" (The number 24 comes up in a circle on the screen.) At this point a forward arrow appears in the right hand corner. When your child verbally answers the question, he clicks the arrow and the next page comes up. On the next page Mr. Bee asks, "Is 24 a multiple of 8?" (next page) "Yes, we say that 24 is a multiple of 8 because it is equivalent to 3 times 8." (At the same time the numbers 3 and 8 come up in smaller bubbles underneath the 24, showing the multiple family.) Unlike other online math programs, you do not enter your answers - they are meant to be answered verbally by your child to you.

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What I Thought:

My youngest probably benefited the most from this product. She has been learning the addition facts up to 10 and the extra time spent on these lessons really helped her. I did have a hard time with some things in the level 1 lessons; when teaching addition two hands are shown with the fingers being counted. I would rather have her use manipulatives to show more and less instead of having to rely on her own fingers. I also struggled with needing to sit with my children for the entire lesson. I have 4 of them, and to sit and read the script for them all would take a big chunk out of the day. I do go over their math with them every day, but I also want to encourage independent learning, especially for the older ones. The website was a little hard to navigate, and my older daughter had a hard time finding her place when coming back to the lesson each day.

If you like scripted math teaching, and your child needs the one-on-one attention, then this might be a good fit for you. For us, this was a good supplement; I did have my middle daughter do a lesson out of order - place value - since she had been struggling with it recently. And after completing it she did feel that she had a better understanding of it.

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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a one-year subscription to this product, at no cost to me, for my honest and humble review. All opinions are mine.