Two Formats: Books vs PowerPoints?
Both the softcover Power Learning textbooks and the Instant Master Teacher PowerPoints are written for the teacher. Using the Power Learning textbook requires the teacher to read the scripted lessons, while watching the PowerPoint requires the teacher to read from the screen. Both versions provide a complete elementary math curriculum. Both versions come with accompanying workbooks. Both come in three levels:
Level One: Instant Master Teacher Level One workbooks have fewer pages (#63 exercises in Level One compared to #104 exercises in the workbook for the Power Learning Level One workbook). The Power Learning textbook format has a slightly more thorough treatment of the basic skills and more practice.
Both cover the same scope of skills in Level One including Numbers, Counting, Addition, Subtraction, Place Value, Word Problems and Introduction to Fractions.The Instant Master Teacher PowerPoint version includes time, money, measurement and geometry.
Level Two in both the Power Learning textbook and Instant Master Teacher PowerPoint formats cover the Multiplication Facts, Division with and without remainders, Factors and Multiples, Prime Factorization, Least Common Multiple and Highest Common Factor, Adding and Subtracting Fractions, Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions. In only the PowerPoint Level Two workbook, decimals and converting units of measure are also introduced.
Level Three in the Power Learning textbook and Instant Master Teacher PowerPoint versions both cover Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Decimals, Place Value and the Metric System, Converting Decimals to Fractions to Percents.
Both formats provide thorough math foundations in both concepts and skills and often accelerate the student by several years. Both are interactive, which means that you will sit with your student(s) and provide oral interactive drills and games as the primary method of practicing the mathematical concepts. This is part of the power of this program. If you are interested in seeing how this interactive oral rehearsal looks, check out our teacher demonstrations and videos! Dr. Barrett demonstrates his method in the Pathways videos that are available for sale in the store.