For the past month, we have been able to check out LearnBop which is an online math subscription. The product we received was the LearnBop for Families and we got the Single Student Plan.
In school, math was never a strong subject for me. In all honesty, I did well in math up until 5th grade. In 5th grade I started struggling and it was a downward slide every year after that. In 9th grade, I actually got an F on my report card for Algebra but not because I wasn't trying. I just couldn't get my brain to understand. I used to explain how math problems made me feel like this, "Imagine you are standing in front of a wall. You know you need to get over the wall but you have no idea how. And the only thing your brain keeps telling you to do is to keep walking into that wall."
My struggle with math has continued but thank goodness I don't use math on a daily basis anymore. But now I am seeing the same patterns in Mary. Mary is getting ready to go into the 3rd grade in September but math has never been her strong point. It normally takes her 2 hours to do a math worksheet with a front and back page full of addition and subtraction. She has always been a slow learner with math but she can do it, it just takes her longer.
When we received our online subscription to LearnBop, we logged in for the first time and made Mary's account. Then I sat down with her to log her in for the first time.
LearnBop is for grades 3-12 so since Mary is just going into 3rd grade, I thought it might work for her. When she first logged in, she had to complete a warm-up to see how much information she already knew. Unfortunately she didn't know any of what she saw in the warm-up. LearnBop starts 3rd grade out with multiplication and division. Two things Mary has never learned yet. So honestly, she was completely confused.
After she guessed on all the warm-up questions, it took her to her first lesson which was introducing multiplication and division. You start out watching videos and then you can start doing bops which are questions.
Mary watched the lesson but she got distracted a lot. She couldn't seem to focus on it. Probably because it was a little too much for her just yet. And since I have a small scale Asperger's myself, I couldn't seem to follow it either.
I tried looking through all the lessons but they were all based on things she had never learned yet. Even some of the simpler lessons that involved adding and subtracting would say "y + _ - _ = _" or in some fashion. Even me with my Asperger's couldn't figure something like that out without a little help.
Overall I think this is a great product for kids but I don't recommend it for any child who is just now going into the 3rd grade and who hasn't started anything more than adding and subtracting. It will be too intense for them to learn from the start.
But other than that, I think it would be perfect for kids who already have a knowledge of multiplying and dividing. It helps you build on what you learn from there so I think it will work best for older kids.