I love finding games, apps and websites that have enough educational content to satisfy the former teacher in me with enough fun and entertainment to keep the kids interested in playing again and again. One of my newest finds is Brainzy.com developed by Education.com, one of the web’s fastest growing parenting and educational resource websites.
Brainzy is a unique math and reading program designed for kids in pre-K through first grade (roughly 3-7 years old). It offers more than 300 games, stories and activities to teach foundational concepts in reading and math and provides fun opportunities for students to practice and master the concepts. We've been using it on the computer, but Brainzy also recently launched it on an app.
With Brainzy, kids explore the Land of Knowhere, where they meet and learn with a cast of creative friends - Roly, Floyd, Tutu, Officer Ice Cream, Birdee, Cuz-Cuz, Muggo, and Penelope Pegacorn.
Kids choose from Math or Reading in their grade level and then select an age-appropriate skill to work on. Reading games include alphabet games, phonics games, and sight word games and videos like “Alphabet Demolition Bingo” and “Short E Rap.” Math games build skills in counting, number recognition, shapes, and addition/subtraction through games and videos like “Subtraction Ski Race” and “Stacking Up the Ice Cream.”
For each skill there are a number of activities shown on the right of the page that a child completes. The activities range from interactive stories and videos to games and puzzles. The goal is to become a "master" of each activity to complete the level.
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I've enjoyed watching how engaged my kids are on Brainzy. I have both my 4-year-old Pre-K-er and my 6-year-old first grader on it and both of them are able to use it independently and are interested and motivated to do the activities.
Each Brainzy account can accommodate up to three players, making it easy the whole family to use. The program also lets parents track each child's progress and performance. (Teachers! Brainzy also offers a classroom version for teachers that can accommodate up to 35 students.)Our family has tried a lot of education apps, but Brainzy is definitely one I've been impressed with. While Brainzy currently is designed for Pre-K, K and 1st, they are actively expanding the program to go up to 5th grade.
Brainzy is available by monthly subscription ($6.99 per month) or annual subscription ($3.99 per month), and provides an ad-free environment safe for kids to explore on a tablet, desktop, or laptop computer. Visit Brainzy.com for more information and to sign up for a free 7-day trial.
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