Are you homeschooling? Let’s share our favorite ways to use BrainPOP, as well as other educational resources, to make learning fun and meaningful for our children.
June 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm #24997
Hi everybody! My name is Margaret and I’m a writer at BrainPOP. I also have a lot of personal experience with homeschooling. I’m so excited about this new group and I’m looking forward to sharing and learning from all the creative homeschooling families out there!
Here’s a question to kick things off:
What are some exciting new ways you as a homeschool family are incorporating technology into your curriculum? In what subject areas do you find technology easiest to integrate and how?September 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm #25149
My name is Lisa and I have been homeschooling my two daughters for 6 years.
I use technology in as many areas of schooling as I possibly can. My children have learned how to type online, take thier spelling/vocab tests online, practice math with fun games and reinforce lessons online.
Brainpop Jr. and Brainpop have aided tremendously in teaching some of the harder issues for me to talk about with my children like natural disasters and 9-11.
I will often go to brainpop to review our national holidays and special people like Columbus Day and M. L. King Jr..September 8, 2011 at 7:07 pm #25150
Thanks for sharing your experience with us! It’s great that you’ve found so many creative ways to incorporate technology into your teaching. One thing I find so exciting about online resources is that they do more than just reinforce lessons: they help kids master the kinds of technology that are becoming more and more essential to our lives.
I’d love to learn more about how you’re using BrainPOP. Do you typically start with the movies, and then incorporate the activities and other features? For more ideas, be sure to check out some of our resources designed specifically for our homeschooling community, like these webinars: “A Homeschooler’s Guide to BrainPOP” and “Using BrainPOP Jr. to Enrich Home Learning.” You can find them in our webinar archive: http://www.brainpop.com/educators/webinars/
Keep the creative ideas flowing!January 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm #25151
Hi! I’m Jodi and we’ve just activated our subscription to BrainPOP Jr. I’m homeschooling my 7 y.o. daughter and she’s very excited about exploring BrainPOPJR. So far I have been allowing her to free-form follow her interest as I get familiar with Educator resources. I will say I was quite impressed when we watched the MLK video before heading out to a community event. At the event one group was administering quizzes and she was able to answer all the questions!!
Looking forward exploring more!January 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm #25152
Welcome, Jodi! I’m so glad you and your daughter are exploring the site and finding your own ways to integrate BrainPOP Jr. into your home curriculum. Thanks for sharing your first impressions with us, too!
Watching the Martin Luther King, Jr. video before attending an event in his honor is a great example of how BrainPOP Jr. movies and activities can be used to introduce new subjects and set the stage for direct instruction in the home classroom – or outside of it!
That also reminds me, if you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check out our curriculum calendar on BrainPOP Educators: http://www.brainpop.com/educators/community/events/ It’s a great resource for planning instruction around significant dates and observances throughout the year!
We’d love to hear more about other ways you find for using BrainPOP Jr. to help create meaningful instruction at home. Keep up the great work and keep us posted!November 8, 2012 at 1:17 am #25153
We use BrainPop and BrainPopJr in our homeschool curriculum. It correlates so well with the standards they need to be learning.. We love the movies and activities. Typically, I start my kids with the movie. Then we explore the activities and additional information. I find it particularly helpful when teaching science and history. I am just beginning to also supplement their Language Arts lessons with the videos. Thank you for a great product!November 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm #25154
@mommyshields, thrilled that you’re enjoying the products. Thanks for checking in!November 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm #25155
I have been homeschooling my dtr and son for 6 yrs now and I’ve tried t all. Brainpop has simply been AMAZING in so many ways. My husband is thrilled with the current/up-to-date info and no better way to capture their attention with the humor and animation. This is truly NOT a immature/silly way to learn as many may think. Try it yourself adults, REALLY try it, including the test, FYI, Activities, experiments and you will be impressed. My kids know and retain more from this site than many expensive curriculum! I NEVER have to argue with them to do Brainpop and almost always, they do more than they are required to do before we introduce a subject. In fact, after introducing a subject through Brainpop than sitting down reviewing it with workbooks, drills, etc. They usually have gathered more important information from Brainpop than other curriculum. The key point to learning is how much the child enjoys learning. After testing my kids, the retention proves to be true! Thank you Brainpop!!! I encourage other homeschoolers to try this site, you wont be disappointed!November 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm #25156
@Sandy, thanks for the praise! It’s especially nice to see love for the supplemental materials, like the FYI, the activities and the experiments! BrainPOP is so much more than just a movie and quiz! Also, be sure to try the new BrainPOP mixer, it allows you to create your own BrainPOP quiz.
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