Date: 2017-03-21 02:29
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While BrainPOP Jr. groups Reading with a writing section, users will find many helpful lessons available. From understanding phonics and prefixes and suffixes to learning how to find books in a library, the Reading section of the website provides a great starting point for users to spark an interest in reading. Users can even learn about specific authors like Dr. Seuss, and the video-based learning can make grasping early concepts of reading much easier than purely text-based lessons.
While Math is usually a difficult subject for children to grasp, BrainPOP Jr.'s activities make the learning process much easier. Under the Math icon on the homepage, select "addition and subtraction," or another category that closely resembles the content your child is studying in his Math class. Even basic subtraction can prove difficult for especially with limited instruction and exposure. However, by watching the video, your child will see the character visually subtracting various object, allowing him to interpret math concepts in a visual way like this can go a long way in supporting comprehension.
Maintaining and focusing attention during the learning process can often be difficult for children dealing with ADHD. When teachers are delivering their lesson plans using chalkboards print-outs and textbooks, these children may not retain important information as easily, as the nature of their learning disability can make it hard for them to internalize content where there is little stimuli. BrainPOP Jr. is an excellent resource for children with ADHD, due to the many videos, activities, and interactive content available to children. The cartoonish images are especially handy in capturing the attention of school-aged children, while the wide range of activities ensures users find a learning solution that works well for them.
Have your child read a Dr. Seuss book to you. Although there likely be parts he will struggle though, encourage him to forge ahead with positive reinforcement, helping if necessary When he is done reading the book, click on the "authors" tab under "reading and writing." He will be able to see the famous children's writer in the context of the time period when he lived as well as learn about some of his more famous works. Hopefully the video will encourage your child to explore other Dr. Seuss stories, and inspire him to read further. Under the "read about it" tab, you'll find a list of his books, so jot down a few more to pick up from you local library, and set aside some time throughout the week to practice reading with your child.
Bold, colorful graphics and punchy music on BrainPOP Jr. should be inviting to kids. Students should also relate well to the animated hosts who speak directly to students. These characters use conversational and familiar language. And they use humor, which is sure to engage. With these characters as leaders, teachers may not have to do quite as much initial hand-holding as they would with other products. There's also excellent balance within any given video. Characters narrate what's happening, ask questions, and define terms that may be difficult to grasp. This varied approach to teaching will likely suit many types of learners.
Much of the curriculum-based content is aligned to state education standards. Teachers can search for specific videos and activities using the search tool, which categorizes content by subject, grade, and state standard. Training and PD opportunities, plus resources such as lesson plans, standards alignment, graphic organizers, and more, are available through the BrainPOP Educators hub.
The content featured on the Social Studies page may be some of the most interactive and colorful lessons that the site provides. Users can supplement their American history, ancient history, geography, or basic economics lessons with BrainPOP Jr.’s vast archive of Social Studies material. The provided videos are especially helpful, as visual supplements like these are a great asset to any history lesson, because they can enliven and reinvigorate the study of related material in class, making distant times and cultures seem more immediate. BrainPOP Jr.’s Social Studies tab helps complement lessons through content-related games, quizzes, and hands-on activities.
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