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App of the week: Gracie and Friends Birthday Cafe

By Stephen Noonoo
March 30th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.
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What’s It Like? Gracie and Friends Birthday Café is part of a package of free apps and off-screen learning activities for the preschool classroom. Kids match number of party guests with seats at a table, and number of food plates to hungry guests as they seat and serve food to Gracie and her diverse group of friends. To do this, kids must subitize for numbers up to five, or quickly determine how many objects are in a group without counting.

Price: Free

Grades: K

Pros: A great learning support system adapts to each kids’ learning needs.

Cons: Gameplay may get repetitive and there’s no option for creating multiple user accounts.

Bottom line: Super approach to teaching a very specific topic: Help kids develop an easy familiarity with quantities under five.

 

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.