Professor B Mathematics Program
|Grades: K-5 + Algebra||Professor B|
"In Professor B.'s books arithmetic is seen as a developmental, contextual flow (like a story). This allows children's minds to assimilate its content more quickly (in the same natural way they assimilate stories rapidly) without any gaps in their knowledge. The texts show teachers and parents how to "tell the truth" in all the operations on whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Children achieve rapid and thorough understanding when you experience truth telling in arithmetic. You will never hear them say, "Don't explain, just show me the steps.
Using this methodology first and second graders have mastered all addition, subtraction and multiplication facts, second graders have mastered "difficult" long division, fifth and sixth graders have passed "with flying colors" the same statewide examination in Algebra that traditionally is reserved for the brightest ninth graders.
You invest far less time for children to master each arithmetical or algebraic concept and associated skills. Virtually all children will learn so comfortably that they will complete math curricula ahead of schedule."
"Our program does not expose children to a topic one year and then return to it over the next two years in order to have them achieve mastery. Once any new topic is introduced, our methodology permits children to achieve total mastery within a few weeks (the 'secret' is our way of verbalizing explanations that enable children to understand a topic the first time they experience it).
Children who learn math by means of our verbalizations can, in turn, verbalize it (in the same way) to other children and, as they do this, they are functioning as MASTER TEACHERS of their classmates and younger siblings."
Mathematics Power Learning for Children, books 1-3 $25 eacy. Workbooks $13.95 each.
Power Algebra books (I-III) $75 each.
Reviews of Professor B Math Program
Professor B Power Algebra|
Time: 2 years
Your situation: I am a homeschool mom and a former high school mathematics teacher.
Why you liked/didn't like the curriculum: I loved this curriculum because it allowed students and parents to really learn what they were doing instead of just learning "how to do the steps." I also used it for a homeschool math class that I taught. However, as great as the text is, the solutions are filled with errors. Students and parents were calling me daily complaining that the answer keys had to be wrong. When I checked them myself, I agreed. In fact, there were so many typos and errors that the students no longer could trust the answers at all. One section had errors in more than 50% of the problems. I contacted the company three years ago and they still have not corrected the problem.
Any other helpful hints: Although the text is excellent and really teaches the subject matter well, the solutions are terrible. If you use this product, be prepared to have a qualified mathematician correct your student's answers. You cannot rely on the answers provided.
Review left January 30, 2014
Time: a few months
Your situation: We have been using professor B for a few months and our son is doing really well but finding it boring and not "fun." We were looking for a curriculum with more manipulatives that we could supplement it with. We don't want a lot more paper work though as he is young and we want it to be fun. From what we can see, Rightstart math looks like it would be fun and no much paper work.
Why you liked/didn't like the curriculum: Our son is learning lots very fast but is finding it a bit dry and boring. Although it uses fingers as manipulatives it doesn't seem to be enough.
Any other helpful hints: Great curriculum but may need to supplement it with some more manipulatives if your child is geared that way.
Review left May 19, 2013
Why you liked/didn't like the book:
I loved both books (Levels 1 and 2). The manner in which the information is presented and the advanced pace of instruction allows students to master a barrage of skills...some that are not even covered in the students particular grade. At the end of the day, students have a solid number-sense and their computational abilities begin to become more and more engrained in their critical thinking. If you are home-schooling or actually in the classroom, this product is a must for elementary math students.
Stephen G. Davis
Review left November 21, 2009
My daughter was 4 at the time and I read through the first chapter. It showed a method of teaching with fingers as manipulatives. I still wasn't thinking of it as a math curriculum but some interesting math tricks. So I did lesson one with my daughter (age 4) when waiting in line at the grocery store and during errands and thought not much more of it.. till I got upset one day. I had started with a 10 dollar bill and lost some money somewhere. I verbally went through my day... saying how I had spent 5 dollars at one place and 1 here, three there... My 4yo was listening and piped up "Mommy, that means you should have 2 dollars left! Can I have one?" It was then I realized these 'math tricks' had taught my daughter more in a few minutes waiting in line than I ever imagined they could. We love the curriculum and use it as our main Math program. It just makes sense, rather than being a struggle to learn math.
This program doesn't teach time, measurement, or counting money, I have found these easy to teach in real life situations plus a couple $1 workbooks from the Dollar Tree.
Review left March 10, 2008
A few days ago I was a desperate mom about to send her son to a special school or to Kumon as many curriculums have passed through our house and to no avail.