So many parents have been thrust into the world of homeschooling involuntarily this year (2020). I’ve been homeschooling for many years now. However, I know so many parents who are struggling to work and homeschool at the same time! Regardless, of whether your new to this or just looking for some classes on coding for kids, you’ve come to the right place!
This year has been a real struggle for just about everyone. Some more than others. If you’re here because you are new to homeschooling and want to find some cool stuff to do with your kids, that’s great! Kids learn best when they are learning about something they are actually interested in!
Tips For New Homeschooling Parents
Kids are typically easier to teach when they are focused. A great way to get them to focus on the lesson is to teach about something they love or incorporate something they love into the lesson.
Not all kids love math. That is a fact! However, most kids like candy. You can make up a game that involves candy! My kids and I like to play trivia, flashcards, etc… Right answers get a piece of candy!
Another thing we do with math is use the whiteboard. I don’t know what it is but my boys prefer writing answers on a whiteboard over having a worksheet any day! They see it as less work. Additionally, taking turns on the whiteboard gives the teacher the chance to walk his or her students through each step thoroughly.
I encourage homeschool teachers to use a mix of mediums to teach with. Such as worksheets, games, videos, whiteboard, reading, images, etc… Doing this will also help you understand more about the way your homeschooler learns. Some people are visual, some are verbal, and some simply need to write it down. You also might have a student who needs one or more of these mediums to learn something new (like me).
Coding For Kids: Websites, Apps, Lessons & More!
I’ve tried my best to hunt down some free coding classes for kids. I did include some that are pay to play too though because they are too good to pass up.
The internet is full of fantastic free learning resources! If you’re looking for free geography, and other free resources, be sure to check at the end of this post. I’ll link to other posts full of totally free resource lists!
Coding For Kids
I've found some awesome free coding resources for your homeschool students. Check out these free homeschool resources.
All PRICES reflect what I found at the time of writing this post. Prices may change.
This free service allows people to make their own mobile apps. It uses a block-based programming language. They have tutorials perfect for beginners that can teach the basics of programming apps for an Android device.
There are challenges and lessons of all kinds on CS Unplugged. Plenty of learning opportunities, and check out the original activities too, because there is a whole bunch of stuff to learn there too. Link is on main webpage I linked to.
Intelino Smart Train Starter Set – Kids can learn coding skills through engaging play-based activities. Your kids will need train tracks. It’s compatible with BRIO and IKEA, & Thomas & Friends wooden train track systems. The product description says it works screen-free and with apps.
Harry Potter fans will love this Magic Wand Coding Kit! Kids can learn 70 step-by-step creative challenges. They can code the wand to respond to movements. A wave of the wand and some creative code will result in instant effects on the screen kids use.
Robot Builderbots Overdrive Kit – This is an app-enabled building and coding STEM learning kit. Kids can learn all about blockly coding. They can make the robot avoid obstacles, carry objects, create color effects, and more.
Programmable Robot – This robot has smart infrared sensing abilities. It can sense gestures as a command. The robot can be programmed to move forward, backward, left, and right. It can also do a patrol, sing and dance, and a few other pretty cool things.
Cozmo Robot – Kids can not only can learn about beginner to advanced coding with this robot, but they can play games with the robot too. Cozmo also has an explore function and is curiously smart and a little mischievous according to the description.
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