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Kids can learn simple and complex math and science concepts on StudyJams! In the math section, they learn to read number lines and make estimations; older kids learn about statistics. Science topics range from chemistry and the human body to weather. Most activities require a mix of content knowledge, which kids are introduced to through animated demos and quizzing. They also require an element of critical thinking and reasoning. The site's good for an introduction, but largely passive video lessons may not help struggling students.
The site's creative approach to sometimes-dry topics encourages kids to view learning as fun.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that StudyJams! is a free Scholastic site that provides engaging multimedia lessons on math and science, ranging from basic algebra problems to more complex concepts like scientific theory and evidence. The site is ad-free and doesn't collect any information from users. (There's nothing inappropriate for kids under 8, but the lessons may be too challenging for the average kid.)
Is It Any Good?
By offering lessons in different forms -- videos, quizzes, and even karaoke! -- StudyJams! accommodates kids with various learning styles and reinforces information. The math lessons are particularly helpful, guiding kids through each step of a problem with a detailed voiceover and virtual blackboard. (Parents who can't remember how to convert decimals to fractions will get an excellent refresher course.)
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