Welcome to BrainNook!  

BrainNook is a new online game that helps kids develop Math and English skills while exploring the Earth and playing safely with others.

BrainNook contains over a hundred educational games based on fundamental concepts in Math and English Grammar. The games cover Math concepts ranging from single-digit addition to 3D spatial visualization, and English concepts ranging from building simple sentences to counting syllables. These games are embedded within colorful virtual worlds that children can unlock and explore.

In BrainNook, children play educational games while exploring virtual worlds, safely competing and interacting with other children, and solving puzzles.

In addition to Math and English skills, BrainNook helps kids strengthen other important skills such as reading, reasoning, decision-making, analysis, memorization, dexterity and computer literacy.

The Parent FAQs page has answers to many common questions we receive from parents.

If you are a teacher, check out BrainNook @ School, an easy way for your class to play BrainNook together.

This page describes some of the things kids can do in BrainNook.


  Create a character  

Kids start out by creating their own alien character, painting it in different colors, and giving it a name. All user names are reviewed by a team of moderators to make sure they are appropriate.

No personally identifiable information is collected during the registration process.

Creating a character

During registration, we ask kids for their parents' email address. We then send parents an email letting them know that their child has created a BrainNook account, containing an account activation link that must be clicked on to activate the child's account.

Registration screen

By requiring parental activation for each BrainNook account, we make sure that a child cannot play BrainNook without their parents' approval. An unactivated account is automatically disabled after 24 hours, and can be re-enabled only when activated. While an account is disabled, users cannot log into that account.

  Explore new worlds  

BrainNook helps kids learn more about the diverse regions of the Earth. Kids can take their character to over a dozen exciting virtual worlds based on real regions of the Earth, like the top of Mount Everest and the Sahara Desert. Each world introduces kids to the corresponding real-life region of the Earth through trivia snippets, question popups and local artifacts, deepening their understanding of that region.

In each world, kids can play Math and English games with other players. They can also build up their skills to unlock new worlds, buy items from the Local Market, or assemble their spaceship by putting together a puzzle. There's lots to do!

Many worlds are accessible to all players, while some can only be visited by BrainNook premium subscribers.

Top of Mount Everest
Kids can travel to the top of Mount Everest...
Mariana Trench
...the bottom of the ocean...
Desert Oasis
...a desert oasis...
Swiss Farm
...or a Swiss farm

  Play games  

BrainNook contains over a hundred games based on fundamental Math and Grammar concepts! Most games are based on the content standards prescribed by the California State Board of Education for Grades 1 to 5, and are appropriate for children in elementary school.

The interactive, fast-paced nature of the games helps children develop many critical skills, such as reading, logical reasoning, strategizing, decision making, analysis, memorization, dexterity, and computer literacy.

Kids can play games that test a wide range of Math and language concepts: from single-digit addition and reading three-letter words, to multiplication, division, fractions and syllables. Kids earn "stars", the currency of BrainNook, by playing games.

Addition
Performing mental addition
Stamp words with suffixes
Stamping suffixes onto words
Rhyming words
Matching rhyming words

Playing the games is fun and easy. Each game requires kids to do something interesting: put together a jigsaw puzzle, "eat" the right answers, or rearrange letters to spell out words. A game can end in as little as a few seconds, or go on for several minutes (but only if you're very good!).

Jigsaw
Putting together a jigsaw puzzle
Stamp words with suffixes
Spelling out names of objects

BrainNook adjusts the difficulty of the games based on the age of the child. An older child has to move the mouse more quickly, solve more puzzles in the same amount of time, or otherwise work harder than a younger child in the same game. This makes the games challenging and fun for a wide variety of ages.

If a child still finds a game too hard or too easy, they can also manually change the difficulty level at the start of each game session. This makes it possible for children to play the games without getting frustrated or bored.

Money Counting
Putting sums of money together
Visual Addition
Adding numbers visually
Word tenses
Spotting the present tense of verbs

  Build skills  
Skill Meters

As kids develop their Math and English skills, they will see their skill meters fill up. There are two skill meters, one for numerical skills and one for language skills. When both meters are full, kids level up to the next level! This gives them access to more difficult games.

The skill meters will reduce automatically if kids go a long time without playing a game. This ensures that kids are not just passively "hanging out" in BrainNook, but are actively engaged in playing games.

  Challenge other players  

Games are even more fun when they're played together! Kids can challenge another player to head-to-head competition in any game.

To ensure the highest levels of safety, kids can only see each other's score during a challenge game; they cannot see personal information about each other, or type messages to each other.

The challenge winner gets extra bonus points!

Challenges encourage kids to do better in the games by giving them real players to measure themselves against.

Challenge
  Change their appearance  

Kids can make their character look just the way they want, whenever they want, by going to the Wardrobe. They can change their character's color, try on a variety of outfits, and add accessories like hats!

All outfits cost stars, which kids can earn by playing games. The attraction of being able to buy cool outfits is a strong motivator for kids to keep playing games -- and keep learning in the process!

Dressing Up
  Accomplish missions  
Skill Meters

Missions are bite-sized goals in BrainNook. Missions can range from the very simple, like playing a Math game, to the more complex, like unlocking a world by buying a certain number of collectibles. Missions help kids to make steady progress through BrainNook by giving them small goals that are achievable, yet challenging.

By completing missions, kids earn cool badges that they can view in their Passport!

  Decorate their Home room  

The Home room is your child's personal corner in BrainNook. They can paint their room and decorate it using items they've won throughout the game! Players can even visit and comment on each other's homes, giving kids a great incentive to keep practicing to win the coolest trophies and collectibles.

The Home increases your child's engagement with BrainNook by giving them an easily accessible place in which to show evidence of their achievements in the game.

Skill Meters
  Make new friends  
Friends List

Kids can make friends and safely interact with them while playing BrainNook. Friends allow children to form deeper connections with other players.

Kids can send a friend request to any other player by simply clicking on them in a world. The receiver can decline unwanted friend requests, or even report a friend request to a moderator.

Children can instantly view all their online friends and send messages to them through the Friends List. Any player-to-player messages can only contain words from a whitelist, so they cannot contain bad language or personal information.

For additional safety, all player-to-player messages are recorded and reviewed by moderators. Kids can also report a message to a moderator if they feel it is inappropriate.

  Buy collectibles  

Kids can use stars to buy collectible items from the Local Market in each world. Each Local Market contains items that teach kids about the world they are in.

By having to earn stars to buy collectibles, kids learn important lessons about managing a budget, earning rewards, and delayed gratification.

Kids unlock new worlds and games if they buy enough collectibles!

Local Market
  Build a spaceship  
Passport

In BrainNook, kids need to help their alien character return to his (or her) home planet by building a spaceship. As children gather spaceship parts, they need to assemble their character's spaceship by putting the pieces together in a three-dimensional puzzle.

The spaceship puzzle develops spatial understanding in children, gives them practice in tackling a challenging long-term goal, and teaches them about managing resources effectively.

  Take a Photo  
Character Photo

Kids will be proud of the way they've made their character look, so it's only natural they'll want to show their outfit to their friends.

The Character Photo feature allows kids to create a beautiful, high-quality image of their character at any time. They can print out this image, and then show it to their friends at school, stick it on a notebook or backpack, or put it on your home refrigerator!

  Check out the Passport  

The Passport shows kids how much progress they've made in BrainNook. From the Passport, kids can view which collectibles they've bought from each world and put together their spaceship.

Kids can even view another player's Passport to see who has more collectibles!

View Passport

Passport
  Chat  
Passport

Kids can chat with each other when logged in to BrainNook. For safety reasons, BrainNook only allows menu-based or whitelist chat, which makes it difficult for players to use inappropriate language or to reveal personal information about themselves to another player.

Free players can only use menu-based chat, which lets them select pre-defined phrases from a drop-down menu. They are not able to type free-form messages to each other.

BrainNook premium subscribers can use whitelist chat, which allows them to access a preset list of safe words. This allows for richer communication between players while maintaining a high degree of safety.



We're hard at work developing new features for BrainNook. Check this page often, and introduce your kids to BrainNook today!

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