Computers are everywhere and part of daily life. Computer programmers and those possessing at least some experience with coding will be the sought after employees. How to prepare our children for this – without waiting for college? Especially if we don’t know how to do much of this ourselves? Materials and resources like Code for Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1) are the answer. Created by homeschool parents, Jeremy and Christine Moritz, Code for Teens guides your children through, at their pace, without parents or teachers needing to know or do a thing. Sounds perfect to me.
Just because your child will be working through this on their own it doesn’t mean you can just hand the book over to them. There are a couple of pages directed to the parents at the beginning. There are also answers at the back of the book. My daughter has asked me to check her responses as she works through quizzes, etc. I have also enjoyed looking through the glossary so that I can better understand her explanations as she shares what she has just done.
Because each child will work at their own pace, it is hard to say how long to expect this text take. This text, Volume 1, is definitely part of a larger programming course of study. Your student’s experience and overall time spent on the subject, along with your state’s requirements will determine if this will be a 1/2 or full credit (or in Indiana, 1 or 2 credits, because we like to be different). There will be future volumes covering other programming languages (HTML & CSS). We have been so impressed with Code For Teens that I know we will acquire these as they come out. Once my daughter has finished, we’ll look at the time spent working on the subject to assign credit.
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