A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Subjects: Science: animals, energy, rocks and minerals, weather
Hobbies: board games, gardening, pets
Math: arithmetic, fractions, geometry, probability
Social Studies: geography, historical figures, history, the economy
Language & Reading: phonics, reading, storytelling, writing
Arts: music, painting, photography, sculpture
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, identifying strengths and weaknesses, work to achieve goals
Health & Fitness: balanced diet, body awareness, fitness, mental health
Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination
Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, following codes of conduct, honoring the community
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, solving puzzles, thinking critically
Communication: conveying messages effectively, listening, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, social media, using and applying technology
Emotional Development: identifying emotions, perspective taking
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Paid
For kids who love playing and learning
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