Grandma's Preschool

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Explore cute classroom for basic intro to preschool themes.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn that preschool is a fun place for exploring and learning. With so many things to tap and interact with, kids easily exercise their natural sense of wonder and curiosity. They'll get a brief introduction to a lot of preschool learning themes such as letters, numbers, colors, shapes, sight words, seasons, and sorting. They'll also experiment with gardening and animal care. The warm welcoming environment in Grandma's Preschool can demonstrate that preschool (or even kindergarten) is a place to nurture their love of learning, and it could potentially be helpful for kids who feel a bit anxious about going to school for the first time.

Ease of Play

Navigation is all about free exploration. Tap around the screen to discover everything. Not all mini-games are immediately intuitive; some kids may need some guidance or time for trial and error.

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Ads, including video ads, for other apps by the developer. A parent gate in which users must enter their year of birth protects purchases.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grandma's Preschool is a virtual preschool classroom headed by the sweetly encouraging, prototypical grandma who also appears in other apps. Kids wander freely through the classroom tapping wherever they please. Through interactive elements and mini-games, kids explore preschool learning themes such as letters, numbers, shapes, colors, creativity, and more. The eight preschoolers in this virtual classroom represent a clear attempt to be inclusive, but there are still a good number of kids who won't find a preschooler who looks like them in this classroom.

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What's it about?

Jump off the school bus and into GRANDMA'S PRESCHOOL, where everything kids see is up for grabs. A whiteboard welcomes them with the current date, and kids can scroll through the classroom to find all the interactive features. Mini-games focus on numbers, letters, color matching, drawing, and more. Posters, toys, and other classroom activities are pure play -- such as turning on the sink faucet -- or they introduce preschool-appropriate themes such as the four seasons, sight words, or playground fun.

Is it any good?

This preschool classroom is chock-full of fun things for kids to explore and learn. And with no "leveling," kids are free to look around and experiment according to their own desires and at their own pace. Kids get a good sense of all the things that may be available or that can happen in a preschool classroom, including playing outside, serving snacks, and observing the classroom pet. The mini-games and minimally interactive features give a good introduction to educational content, but all stay on the shallow end. Some features are disappointing or downright annoying, such as the library books that you can't actually read (you can only move them around) or how the kids gasp or say "oh" every time they're moved around. All in all, to say this app actually teaches about preschool topics is an exaggeration, but it does give a sweet, encouraging introduction to the world of preschool and the wonder of learning.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about going to preschool. What worries kids, what are they excited about, and what expectations do they have?

  • Expand on any of the multiple learning themes that are introduced. For instance, explore the four seasons by talking about each season's particular characteristics.

  • With your kids, do some of the virtual activities in real life: Go to the playground, play hide-and-seek, plant a seed, and so on.

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