Common Sense Media says

Animated educational content for kids to explore, for a fee.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

By encouraging kids to follow video learning with interactive elements such as games, quizzes, and printable activities, BrainPOP Jr. sends the message that learning is fun.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

This is a subscription service, so the upside is no flagrant ads, but users have to pay a monthly ($8.45) or yearly ($85) fee. You can try out the site with a trial membership.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

To join, you need to provide basic information such as email, name, state, payment information, and whether you are a school, teacher, or parent.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that BrainPOP Jr. is a pay site that creates online animated curriculum-based content that is aligned to state education standards. BrainPOP Jr. targets kids in kindergarten to third grade. Kids don't need proficient reading skills to use this audio-heavy site. Lessons all begin with a brief video and include a wide variety of school and life topics. The site includes video, game, quiz, and activity sections for science, health, writing, reading, social studies, and math based on national education standards.There's also a companion site for older kids, a game site called GameUp, and a Spanish language site. Families pay $85 a year or $8.45 a month for access; homeschooling families, schools, and other organizations pay more.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • phonics
  • storytelling
  • writing
  • reading

Math

  • fractions
  • probability
  • arithmetic
  • geometry

Science

  • rocks and minerals
  • animals
  • weather
  • energy

Social Studies

  • historical figures
  • history
  • geography
  • the economy

Arts

  • painting
  • photography
  • sculpture
  • music

Hobbies

  • board games
  • gardening
  • pets

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles
  • applying information
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • imagination
  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • work to achieve goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking
  • identifying emotions

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • listening
  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • meeting challenges together
  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community
  • embracing differences

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • using and applying technology
  • evaluating media messages

Health & Fitness

  • mental health
  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • fitness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Friendly cartoon characters discuss dental care and Ancient Rome (although not at the same time) in these brief, engaging videos followed by fun activities and games.

Learning Approach

Kids can adapt gameplay by choosing easy or hard quizzes and exploring topics through writing, drawing, talking, or reading. A narrator reads instructions aloud if kids scroll over the words.

 

Support

Teachers and parents can use the search tool on the BrainPOP Educators page to search for related content by state, subject, and grade. Closed captioning is available on videos.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • phonics
  • storytelling
  • writing
  • reading

Math

  • fractions
  • probability
  • arithmetic
  • geometry

Science

  • rocks and minerals
  • animals
  • weather
  • energy

Social Studies

  • historical figures
  • history
  • geography
  • the economy

Arts

  • painting
  • photography
  • sculpture
  • music

Hobbies

  • board games
  • gardening
  • pets

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles
  • applying information
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • imagination
  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • work to achieve goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking
  • identifying emotions

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • listening
  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • meeting challenges together
  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community
  • embracing differences

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • using and applying technology
  • evaluating media messages

Health & Fitness

  • mental health
  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • fitness

Kids can learn about almost every subject at BrainPOP Jr., with topics ranging from science and social studies, to language and writing and much, much more. The site includes educational games, tutorials, and videos that will help kids better understand concepts being taught in the classroom from telling time to woodwind instruments. For a small fee, kids can explore this stimulating site that will keep them tuned-in and interested in learning. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Karen Wirsing

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Created by teachers and educators, BRAINPOPJR.COM bases its lessons on national standards and includes an incredibly wide range of subjects, from telling the time to Internet safety to getting lice. The printable activities and games include many creative learning concepts and, unlike a lot of early education sites, go way beyond coloring pages. The site's short, creative videos center around two good-natured cartoon characters, Annie and Moby. Each video is followed up with activities, games, and quizzes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

BrainPOPJr.com is a high-quality educational site that kids can navigate easily on their own. This interactive site includes videos, audio prompts, and graphics familiar to kids in an ideal format for young learners. Kids can take their enjoyment of videos to the next, more effective, level and do something with what they've just watched online. Kids can spend hours on this site exploring many of the ones that contain more sub-categories, like the science and math sections. If your K-3 child likes to learn things online, this site is worth the subscription fee.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to learn about a broad range of subjects, even in the earliest grades. Discuss why it's good to know about other cultures and faraway ecosystems.

  • Talk about the different ways of learning. Do you remember more when you have an activity to do after watching a related video?

  • Families can also talk about other educational sites that benefit learning and where to find reliable information online.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old Written byundergurl March 12, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

great for younger kids

I think it is a great learning site for kids also they have brianpop for older kids.

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Adult Written byTheMelMonster November 10, 2008
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

A must-play for young kids

I am a huge fan of BrainPOPJr.com (and it's counterpart BrainPOP.com). All the content is age appropriate with a great variety of topics to keep kids engaged. Furthermore, the quality of the graphics and animations is impressive, and the website layout is easy for parents to navigate. Two thumbs up!

Kid, 7 years old October 27, 2009
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

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