BrainPOP http://www.brainpop.com> has announced the launch of BrainPOP Jr., a learning program specifically geared for children between 5 and 8 years old. Topics in BrainPOP Jr. are chosen to correlate with national standards and testing mandates but are written in fun and understandable language for children.

The newly created movies on BrainPOP Jr. range in topic from the food pyramid and allergies to animal hibernation and telling time. The audio-assisted, kid-friendly navigation allows young children to move through various sections, including science, health, reading, writing, social studies, and math. Each animated movie is also supplemented with quizzes that are read aloud, as well as games and other features to assist teachers and parents.

Developed to be used by families at home and as part of lesson plans at school, BrainPOP Jr. allows users to customize the pacing of the movies and to give children the chance to answer questions independently or make predictions before proceeding, according to the announcement.

For a limited time, BrainPOP Jr. http://www.brainpopjr.com> is offering a free subscription to view and experience its content, which includes five-minute movies and a notebook feature corresponding to the content. The Web-based product will be updated continuously.

Source: Multimedia & Internet @ Schools Xtra, accessed August 12, 2006

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