Archives for September 29, 2014

Education.com Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Online Learning Program For Kids Brainzy Helps Parents and Teachers Make Screen Time Matter

Education.com, the nation’s leading destination for parents and teachers seeking supplemental learning materials, today announced the launch of Brainzy, a new kind of online learning program designed to build reading and math skills in children ages 3–7. Developed using rich data gathered from the 20 million worksheets downloaded each year at Education.com, Brainzy features hundreds of interactive games and activities that captivate young minds and delight parents weary of filling screen time with so-called education apps. Brainzy’s comprehensive program follows a methodical, building-block path created to spark curiosity, giggles, and grins while building more than 30 critical reading and math skills.

 

The systematic approach of the new program sets it apart from the thousands of learning apps that take a one-off, episodic approach. Brainzy covers the essential skills teachers consider most important for early learning success while deeply engaging kids in a world rich with exploration. Guided by a lovable cast of original characters, kids cover a year’s worth of learning as they play through more than 300 fun games, videos, and read-along stories.

 

With one in four educators nationwide using Education.com, the Brainzy team can harness real-time data that shows what parents and teachers are looking for in supplemental learning materials. That data plus years of industry-leading education expertise form the foundation of Brainzy, which is aligned with the Common Core Curriculum State Standards for early reading and math.

 

“Brainzy emerged from a longstanding dialogue with educators and parents about their supplemental education needs, and where current offerings fall short,” said Education.com president Greg Goff. “Brainzy started with a clean sheet—or make that, screen—yet one informed by that dialogue, data, and understanding of how education and entertainment can and should be partners. That is where Brainzy’s systematic approach came from, where kids’ progress can by charted as they methodically build and reinforce essential skills.”

 

Brainzy transports kids to the Land of Knowhere, where they play and learn with new friends named Roly, Floyd, Tutu, Officer Ice Cream, Birdee, Cuz-Cuz, Muggo, and Penelope Pegacorn. Designed for children at Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade levels with additional levels planned up to Fifth Grade, Brainzy’scollection of original games and videos is constantly expanding and improving. 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.”

 

Each Brainzy account can accommodate up to three players, making it a snap for parents to customize Brainzy for multiple children. As kids master the math and literacy games, parents can track progress and performance. Brainzy also offers a classroom version for teachers that can accommodate up to 35 students.

 

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.

 

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM

With nearly five million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the leading one-stop destination for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to Brainzy learning games to insightful articles and everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in Redwood City, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. Learn more at www.education.com.

 

 

 

 

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America is Upgrading its Clubs’ Recreation Areas Nationwide Skateboarding Superstar Rob Dyrdek’s Foundation Kicks off The Renovation Program with a Revamped California Skate Park

 Lunchables Lunch Combinations announced today a “renovation program” aimed at upgrading and refurbishing Clubs for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) as part of its partnership with the organization.  To kick off the program, professional skateboarder and MTV Star Rob Dyrdek’s SLS Foundation and the Lunchables brand unveiled a newly upgraded skate park at the Boys & Girls Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

The skate park now features new obstacles including a kicker, pump bump, mailbox, roller and bank to ledge.  Scores of Club kids, ranging from rookie to veteran skateboarders, spent the day grinding rails, catching air and practicing ollies, kickflips, and heelflips. 

The new renovation program embodies Lunchables and BGCA’s shared goal of promoting fun and active lifestyles for kids by providing much needed resources for a wide variety of facility upgrades and renovations. The Lunchables brand has an ongoing commitment to BGCA.  This year marks the second year of their five-year partnership and includes a $200,000 per year donation over five years, up to $1 million.  

“Every year, Boys & Girls Clubs serve nearly four million kids during the out-of-school time with impactful programs and positive mentors,” said Joe Fragnito, vice president of marketing, Lunchables Lunch Combinations.  “Our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America means a great deal to us and we are proud to contribute to an organization with a history of providing vital resources to kids including tutoring, sports and other programs that help kids thrive.” 

 

Credit: Boys and Girls Club of America and Lunchables. No compensation was received to post.