Tuesday, June 21, 2016

LearnBop ~ A Review


LearnBop associated with K-12 now has a program specifically for homeschoolers called LearnBop for Families. LearnBop offers personalized, self-paced, online math support for students. The program supports grades 3-12.


LearnBop for Families was specifically designed for students working from a home environment. The program will evaluate your child, detect gaps in their learning, and help to fill in the missing links. Automatic help is built into every problem that your child works through with the support they need without having to rely on outside resources. With over 11,000 math lessons your child will be challenged, rewarded, and helped along the way. LearnBop wants to make math enjoyable for students by providing encouraging aids such as customized avatars, growth mindset cards, and so much more. Because the program is self-paced and customized for each student parents can feel reassured that their child is receiving just what they need to succeed. 

I tried out LearnBop with my incoming 3rd and 5th graders. 

My incoming 3rd grader was not quite ready for many of the concepts taught in the program. I had hoped that she would have been able to do a bit more with the program. With that said, she did work through parts of the 3rd grade level and with a bit of help was able to do pretty good. I will most definitely utilize the program as we go into this next school year. 


She worked through the Introduction to Multiplication and Division. During this past year she eagerly learned a good part of her multiplication and division facts and so this unit was helpful. The videos do an amazing job at explaining concepts with step-by-step guided instruction both verbally and visually. The videos are short in length so that your student does not get bogged down in a lengthy lecture.


The units of study in the 3rd grade level are:

3rd Grade                       
Introducing Multiplication and Division
Understanding Area
Addition and Subtraction Strategies
Unit Fractions
Measurement and Data with Fractions
Addition and Subtraction in Measurement Problems
Exploring Patterns
Multiplication and Division Strategies
Equivalent Fractions
Solving Area Problems
Polygons and Perimeter 
Apply Multiplication and Division to Measurement
Computing Fluently 
An Example of one of the 3rd Grade problems:

Abby’s puppy weighed 15 pounds when she got him. At his first visit to the vet he weighed 4 pounds more. At the second visit he weighed 24 pounds.
How much weight did the puppy gain between the first and second vet visits?
Use the drop-down menus to create an equation that shows how to solve the problem. Each digit has its own drop-down.
Before the student can begin working in any given unit they have to complete a Warm-up in order to figure out where within the unit the student should begin working. 


Within each unit there are Concepts which are basically lessons. The lesson consists of videos, extra concept videos and problems to complete. The student must make at least a 90% in order to gain mastery within the concept. 


Along the way students get positive reinforcement in the form of badges. Whether your student has successfully completed a section with flying colors or struggling through with low scores they will be encouraged by receiving mastery badges or don't give up badges. 


Your student's progress is easy to follow with graphs such as this one. 


My incoming 5th grader also worked through various sections of LearnBop. She worked on some 4th grade as well as some 5th grade topics.

          4th Grade
            Factors, Multiples, and Patterns 

            Problem Solving, Multiplication, and Division 


            Fraction Addition and Subtraction 


            Place Value and Multi Digit Addition and Subtraction 


            Value of Fractions 


            Converting Measurements 


            Deeper Understanding of Multiplication 


            Measurement Problem Solving 


            Fraction Word Problems 


            Angles 


            Fraction Multiplication 


            Fractions and Decimals 


            2-Dimensional Shapes 


            Whole Number Problem Solving

             5th Grade
            Understanding Multiplication and Division
            Add/Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators 


            Decimal Place Value 


            Fraction Multiplication 


            Rounding and Comparing Decimals 


            A Deeper Understanding of Fraction Multiplication 


            Unit Fraction Division 


            Decimal Computation 


            2-Dimensional Geometry 


            Real World Fraction Computation 


            Algebraic Expressions 


            Coordinate Plane 


            Fluently Multiply & Divide Whole Numbers


My 5th grader does NOT like Math. Math is the one subject that she really struggles with, not necessarily because she doesn't understand but because she is overwhelmed by it all. She really like how the videos broke down the material into easy to understand pieces and went slow enough that she did not get overwhelmed. I let her kind of jump around throughout the units to explore instead of making her work her way through unit by unit. This summer I plan on having her utilize LearnBop in order to gain confidence and retain concepts learned. I will most definitely continue to use this as a teaching aid.


An example from 5th grade:

Jefferson High School has 1,289 students in the ninth grade and 925 students in the tenth grade.
How many students are in the ninth and tenth grades at Jefferson High School?
There are  students in the ninth and tenth grades at Jefferson High School.
When your student gets a problem wrong they are taken through a step-by-step process utilizing multiple choice questions to help them understand why and how they got the problem wrong.


LearnBop has created a great program to help students succeed in Math at their own pace.

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