The name LearnBop has long been a trusted name in classrooms for quality online math help, and they have just recently launched their new LearnBop for Families subscription! This personalized and highly adaptive online math program is now available at home or on the go for both homeschoolers and traditional-schoolers! Even adults are able to use this program to brush up on their math skills.
For the purposes of this review, we were given a 12 month subscription for the Family Plan with access for one teacher and up to four students. The teacher is able to do the program as well without taking up one of the student slots which I thought was nice.
After logging in and setting up our account, I was able to add each student easily. When you add a student, you are given the option to place them in a grade level “roadmap” for Grades 3-8 or Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry, or you can instead opt to use their subject matter “roadmaps” for the following math topics: Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Number & Operations in Base Ten, Measurement & Data, Geometry, Number & Operations-Fractions, Ratios & Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Statistics & Probability, and Functions. For each topic, you can choose which grade level your student will do from grades 1-8.
So even though this product is listed as being for grades 3-12, my 1st grader was able to use it by my setting her roadmap subject level by subject level at the 1st grade level. The program is quite reading intensive though, so while she is a great reader (reading at about a 2nd grade level), she did struggle to read all of the instructions and word problems. She did great with the math so long as I was there to help her with the reading. So I would say that the 1st grade level subjects are written for students who are reading at least at 3rd grade level but need some remedial math help.
My other two girls followed the 3rd grade and 7th grade roadmaps between 3 and 5 times per week, and really enjoyed the program.
One thing I really like about this program is that the teacher always has the ability to move the students (and him/herself) at any time from one roadmap to another. LearnBop even sends a courtesy email each time to make sure that the change was made on purpose.
We used the program on both Macs and PCs in Chrome browser and had no issues with either.
Once you’ve set up each student account by assigning them a username and password and choosing the roadmap they will travel, the student logs in, does a warmup activity, and then works their way through each concept on their roadmap. They must complete five “bops” or math word problems with 90% accuracy for each concept before they may move on.
They have the option of watching a video explaining the concept before attempting any problems or at any time while they are working through them. My oldest especially appreciated that the videos were optional! She can’t stand programs that make her sit through long explanations of things she already understands.
If the student gets it wrong, the program walks them through the problem step by step to show them how to get it right. I thought this was much nicer than just marking it wrong and moving on. If the student is unsure how to do it, she can either watch the video (again) or ask to be walked through the problem step by step.
All in all, I think this is a really good supplemental math program, especially for kids who don’t love working through a textbook but need some extra practice. I like that it’s all word problems and really focuses on mathematics thinking skills.
A few things I didn’t like were that there is no scratch pad to do the math. Neither I nor my kids like to have to bring scratch paper to the computer, but to do this program, you have to. You are given problems like 856×45 but not given any space on the screen to “do the math.”
Also, in the third grade roadmap, there were a number of problems in the figuring area section that wanted the kids to break it up into easier, manageable chunks, but the way they did this drove me batty. Problem after problem included that the child in question only knew certain ones of their times tables. So, for instance, they wanted my daughter to figure out 7×4, but told her that the girl only knew her 2, 4, and 5 times tables. While I see the value in learning to break a problem up into (5×4)+(2×4), I wished they had been more creative in their wording and not implied over and over again that my daughter didn’t need to learn all her times tables. Grrr…
Nonetheless, the girls really did enjoy their time using LearnBop. I asked the 3rd grader and the 7th grader to write a short paragraph telling me their thoughts about the program. I thought they did a great job and asked if I could share them here in the review. They gave their consent, so I’ll finish my review with their thoughts.
The 3rd Grader’s Thoughts on LearnBop
“LearnBop is a good way to learn math because if you don’t get it right the first time they allow you to do problems that will help figure it out. LearnBop has fun characters that you choose to represent yourself like a code breaker or a chef. You can also choose to start over on a problem, but to keep students from just restarting till they get the right answer, they only let you do it twice. They call each question a bop, and they have bops for all ages with learning areas in 3rd grade using all addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They have you watch videos for each process before you start, and they have you keep working on each skill till you get to 90% at least. You can continue till 100%. They make it like you’re walking in a race against no one by mastering a subject you are taking like a meter. They grade the work on speed and on correctly answering a question. If you get it first try, you’ll get up to 30% in one question! I LOVE LEARNBOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
The 7th Grader’s Thoughts on LearnBop
“LearnBop is a great way to learn math. It gives you many chances, but you have to answer five questions before you move on so that you actually learned the lesson and not just guessed the answer or got lucky. It tracks your progress and when you have both 90% mastery and answered at least five questions, you can move on to the next lesson or continue if you don’t think you fully understand it. I appreciate the fact that they give you videos when you don’t understand, and also it is optional to watch some before you start on the bops. Bops are the questions you are asked. If you answer two questions you have completed two bops. They give you step-by-step help when you get a bop wrong. You also have an option to start the question over but only twice. I enjoy learning math with LearnBop.”
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