BrainPOP Jr.

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Animated educational content for kids to explore, for a fee.
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Parents say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

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Educational Value

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. 

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
Sexy Stuff
Language
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

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheMelMonster November 10, 2008

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 enga... Continue reading
Parent of an infant, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 11 year old Written byResponsibleParentOf9 December 30, 2012

Fun, educational site!

The reason this has 4 stars is because you have to pay, but some movies are free. Very educational site!
Kid, 11 years old March 12, 2011

great for younger kids

I think it is a great learning site for kids also they have brianpop for older kids.
Kid, 7 years old October 27, 2009
LOVE it

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.

Website details

  • 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

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