BrainPOP has been an exciting video supplement to our studies for over three years now. We use it mostly to supplement our Science and History lessons, but we also spice up almost every other subject as well. Examples include topics from Picasso and van Gogh, authors like Cynthia Rylant or Dr. Seuss, Time Signatures and Note Values, Magnets, to the Metric/US measuring systems. Those are just a few videos we’ve watched this fall from the BrainPop Jr. (K-3) site.  After viewing the video, Satori usually takes both the Easy and the Hard quizzes online.

I’m sure I’ve blogged about BrainPOP in the past, but each individual topic also includes a related game, activity, belly up cartoon, pop a joke, word wall, lesson ideas, suggested related books, and more.  The regular BrainPOP has also been applicable for us, even at a young age, and offers a dizzying array of videos that I learn from myself.

We’ve also always gotten the regular BrainPop site as well (included in the Family Combo), which is geared for grades 3 and up. BrainPOP Jr. features Annie and Moby the robot, and regular BrainPop has Tim and Moby. For those of you with iPad/iPhones, you can also view it on your devices with the BrainPOP app and BrainPOP Jr. app. Either watch the free Featured Movie or the whole she-bang if you already have a subscription. This has come in handy for us while on vacation or waiting at a restaurant. Aside from the full regular subscription, there are two other mobile subscriptions, which can save you some money, which are detailed below). However the BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. app subscriptions are separate, so you’d have to buy both if you don’t have the full regular subscription.

BrainPOP Mobile subscriptions

BrainPOP Explorer Subscription – The free Featured Movie and its quiz plus four additional related movies and quizzes, rotating every day. $1.99 per month

BrainPOP Full Access Subscription – The free Featured Movie and its quiz plus unlimited access to all of BrainPOP’s 750+ movies and quizzes. $6.99 per month (BrainPOP site subscribers can log in from the app at no additional cost.)

While we haven’t taken advantage of the BrainPOP Español version yet (which gets included free when you get the Family Combo), but I think it would be great Spanish listening practice for Satori, perhaps next year, once she learns more Spanish.

The Family Combo is a year subscription to BrainPOP Jr., BrainPOP, and BrainPOP Español that normally runs $175, but with the coupon holiday2012, you get it for 20% off, making it only $140, saving you $35. I haven’t seen a coupon for BrainPOP that I can remember, so I thought I’d blog about the deal. There is a Homeschool version which allows you to have 3 users (I believe simultaneously), but that just gets too expensive. The site doesn’t track what one child watches, so even for families, I would suggest the Single User and watch together or take turns.

To learn more, check out their video lists – BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. and then tune in to their free daily video. New to their offerings is GameUp, which offers free educational games. We’ve only tried that once, as we’ve been more than satisfied with their video selection. I’ve included the free Featured Movie on this blog post below, so you can sample a fun BrainPOP video for yourself!