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Game-Focused Math and Reading Site Launches for Young Learners

A math video about counting scoops of ice cream is part of the program.

Supplemental learning site Education.com is starting its own reading and math program for students aged 3-7, featuring mainly games and activities.

Brainzy, as the program is called, is buttressed by data collected by the site into the kinds of materials and worksheets its users were downloading. The program uses a building-block method to ramp students' skills slowly over time. Students move through the activities, which feature a cast of original animated characters like Officer Ice Cream, and can access more than 300 resources--mainly games, videos, and stories.

To learn about short and long sounds, for example, students might watch a short music video. A math game could see them practicing subtraction while controlling a downhill ski racer.

Teachers can access a classroom version, which accommodates up to 35 children, who can even play together in some multiplayer activities.

In the future, the site plans to scale the program up to fifth grade. The program is available by monthly subscription ($6.99 per month) or annual subscription ($3.99 per month). A free trial is also available.

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