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What's it about?
Created by educators, BRAINPOP JR. bases its lessons on national standards and includes an incredibly wide range of subjects, from telling the time to Internet safety to getting lice. Each topic is introduced with a short, creative video that centers around two good-natured cartoon characters, Annie and Moby. Each video is followed up with activities, games, and quizzes. Kids can browse videos by topic, or watch the featured video of the day. A family account allows access to videos, quizzes, and games, whereas a homeschool account also includes the full set of learning activities and curriculum planning tools.
Is it any good?
This high-quality interactive educational site has lots to offer, and is easy for kids to navigate on their own. BrainPOP Jr. includes videos, audio prompts, and graphics familiar to kids in an ideal format for young learners. The videos are engaging, and explain sometimes complex topics with simple, kid-friendly language. The variety of topics is also impressive, with videos ranging from the solar system to Mozart, conflict resolution, and how to tell fact from opinion. Kids can spend hours exploring this site and diving into sub-categories. Furthermore, kids can take their enjoyment of videos to the next, more effective, level and do something with what they've just watched online. The printable activities and games include many creative learning concepts and, unlike a lot of early education sites, go way beyond coloring pages. If your K-3 kid likes to learn things online, BrainPOP Jr. is worth the subscription fee.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about BrainPOP Jr.'s wide variety of subjects. Why is it important to learn about a broad range of topics -- 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?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: phonics, reading, storytelling, writing
Math: arithmetic, fractions, geometry, probability
Science: animals, energy, rocks and minerals, weather
Social Studies: geography, historical figures, history, the economy
Arts: music, painting, photography, sculpture
Hobbies: board games, gardening, pets
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, solving puzzles, thinking critically
Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination
Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth, work to achieve goals
Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, perspective taking
Communication: conveying messages effectively, listening, multiple forms of expression
Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, following codes of conduct, honoring the community
Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, using and applying technology
Health & Fitness: balanced diet, hygiene and self care, fitness, mental health
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: History, Holidays, Science and Nature
- Pricing structure: Paid ($14.95/month or $119/year for family plan. $29.95/month or $295/year for homeschool plan)
- Last updated: February 8, 2021
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