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If you talk to parents about what subject they often worry about their kids learning and mastering, it is usually math. It doesn’t matter if you homeschool your child or they attend a school, math is considered a crucial subject. It is also one that many parents feel strained in their ability to help their child.
This is especially true when you enter the high school years. While my husband and I usually feel comfortable helping, I will admit that my upper level math skills are rusty. Some friends feel like once their child hits Algebra I, they can no longer manage to assist them and need to find outside help.
One on one help is often what is desired. Yet, the cost for a math tutor can put a major dent into your budget. Thankfully, there are online options now which can help. LearnBop for Families is a new offering of a proven program used in schools for years.
Math Help from LearnBop: What You Get
LearnBop is a subscription based product. LearnBop for Families offers an option for a single student or family plan (up to 4 students.) This particular plan takes what they know has worked and now written the program to meet the needs of families.
The program is set up to simulate one on one instruction personalized for each child. As they work through the material, the program detects any deficiencies and adjusts accordingly. The focus isn’t upon just mastering a skill in isolation, but rather to learn how to solve math problems. This is math help with a goal towards long term success.
Students need to see where they strayed on a problem to better grasp how to do similar ones in the future. When a child gets an answer wrong, LearnBop shows the correct solution with all necessary steps to get there.
After a child’s account is set up, they start with what is called a Warm Up. This assesses what they know, especially to see if their are skills from previous levels that were not mastered.
Then the student can begin working step by step through the different concepts covered in each unit. This is not a skip around type of program. You really are meant to go in the order of presentation as everything builds upon the previous concepts and skill sets.
Building Blocks for each concept include both video instruction to watch and Solve Bops to test if they have learned what was presented. To move to the next concept, the student needs to hit 90% mastery. This ensures that they are grasping a concept.
As someone who loves to help others through my actions, I am happy to see that LearnBop offers a free subscription to a needy child for each one purchased. What a great way to give a hand up and possibly make a life changing difference for a struggling student.
Math Help from LearnBop: Our Thoughts
Getting set up was relatively easy. We received a family plan, so I set up accounts for the three boys still homeschooled.
When you set up their accounts, you can pick a roadmap to use. With my youngest son, I picked the highlighted Operations & Algebraic Thinking which actually covers grades 1 through 5. My older boys have Algebra I and Algebra II selected.
When they were younger, my boys loved to pick silly avatars for their accounts. LearnBop offers a choice of avatars. My middle school and high school boys found them a little hokey while my 1st grader had to deliberate which option best fit him.
After picking their avatars, each of the boys did an evaluation called a Warm-Up. This is to see what they already know for the concept(s) covered initially. They could then proceed in order for the Building Blocks for each component (skill) in the unit.
Whether it is summertime having them wanting a break from hard core school or a function of the particular product, my older boys were not excited about the program. My 8th grader was frustrated a bit with his work, especially if he did not get the 90% mastery right off the bat. While he did not like the step by step walk through the solutions for missed problems, I know that’s exactly what he needs. He might be able to have an ‘ah ha’ moment just by seeing an answer. Yet, that doesn’t address the need to learn how to consistently do the problem correctly.
J is on the young side for LearnBop if looking at his grade level. However, his math skills tend to run a bit more advanced for his age. So, I let him explore a bit as well with me sitting near by to help with navigation as needed.
What are some ways you’ve helped the kids with math?
Does LearnBop’s approach appeal to you?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the LearnBop Review post on the Schoolhouse Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this title and other grade level ones.