Homeschool programming is just as important in my opinion as math and languages. We live in a very different age now, with everything working remotely and all on the computer. Programming and coding should be a core lesson and we treat them as such in our homeschool.
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Coding vs Homeschool Programming
I wanted to make the distinction early on in this post, as I will talk about programming and coding as if they were the same thing. They are to me! If I am honest, even though I have used good old google I am none the wiser.
But this is the definition of coding vs programming
Coding is a part of programming that deals with converting the language into binary commands for the machine. Programming is the process of creating a program that follows certain standards and performing a certain task.https://www.upgrad.com/
As I am not technical and talking about homeschool programming, I am going to use the words for the same thing. So excuse my ignorance in advance!
Free Coding Websites for Kids
Luckily getting into homeschool programming is easier than you may think, and certainly cheaper! In fact, you can start now for FREE. These are our favorite coding websites for kids:
Scratch – is designed for students over the age of 8 years old and is used in over 150 countries. You can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
CS First with Google – aimed at children in grades 4-8 this free coding tool from Google has loads of fun games. Our favorite was Gumball’s coding adventure.
Code.org – with 60 million students, this is probably the most well-known. It has coding courses for all ages from elementary through to high school.
Coding Books For Kids
We love to use books in our homeschool, these are our favorite coding books for kids.
Coding For Kids Scratch is a starter guide for younger kids aged between 6 and 10 years old.
Coding for Kids is an ideal way for young learners ages 8-13 who want more coding knowledge than you can learn in an hour, a day, or a week.
Everything You Need To Ace Computer Science and Coding I had to include this notebook as we love them. We have every one of these books and we think as a recap and basic knowledge they are easy to read and navigate, and each chapter has a quick test at the end. Perfect for middle school aged children.
Code This! this is a very colorful book like they all are from National Geographic, it gives a great basic look at coding and programming for kids aged 8-12.
Best Coding Toys for Kids
Osmo is a great coding toy that is played on the iPad. We have reviewed two of these Osmo coding and Osmo coding jam previously and they are really great for younger children. There are a number of games you can purchase and they range in age between 3 and 10 years old.
Ultimate Coding Kit 2 is aimed at kids over the age of 10 and includes 17 components like LED light strip, speaker, light, temperature, and sound sensors, buttons, and an LCD screen. Kids learn C++ coding.
Code Master Game is the ultimate coding board game and STEM toy and teaches programming logic through fun gameplay. Contains 10 maps with 60 levels to solve, as well as 12 guide scrolls, 12 action tokens, 8 conditional tokens, and an instruction booklet with solutions included. Suitable for children over the age of 8.
Coding Subscription Box
Bitsbox is a monthly coding subscription box for kids ages 6-12. We haven’t tried this, but they have been rated number or in coding subscription boxes, and gets excellent reviews on Amazon.
Creation Crate is a monthly robotic box full of items to assist with homeschool programming.
Best Online Coding Classes for Kids
Code Advantage – One-Hour FREE Trial Coding Class with a LIVE INSTRUCTOR! The classes focus on teaching kids (age 5-14) the basics of coding through a variety of projects. Kids learn to make their own animations, Minecraft and Roblox video games, websites, apps, and much more! They offer over 40 classes that use “real world” programming languages including Python, Scratch, Java, Lua, and HTML to appeal to different ages, interests, and levels of expertise.
Code Wizards HQ online coding classes for kids and teens ages 8-18. All classes are 12 weeks long, with one hour of teacher-led and then two hours of homework per week.
What do you use for homeschool programming? Please let me know in the comments below.
Last Updated on 17 September 2021 by homeschoolof1