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With the high-tech world we live in now, kids need to be more and more knowledgeable in computer and technology skills. One thing I have been trying to teach my son is computer coding skills. Great resources for teaching computer coding to kids are not easy to come by. I have discovered a fabulous set of books called Help Your Kids With Computer Coding by DK Publishing. There is a book and a companion workbook that goes along with it. (I received these books for free in exchange for an honest review on my site.)
Computer coding skills are needed more and more in this world. Rarely is computer coding taught to kids in the schools. However, if you can give your kids a jump start on these skills, it will be a great benefit to them in the future. In these computer coding for kids books they teach it in such a fun way that your kids will beg to learn and do it.
I gave these books to my son and told him to read and try them out. Since I have absolutely ZERO knowledge of programming, I planned to learn along with him. He read several chapters in one sitting and hopped on the computer to try out the Scratch programming they outlined in the book. Within a short time, he was doing it with no assistance from me at all!
The book begins from Scratch, literally. Scratch is an interface that you can install and run on your computer. Through the scratch program, they are given different projects to work on such as making characters move, adding costumes, sounds, loops, and more. My 10-year-old had a blast with Scratch and wanted to try it again and again. He even used some of it for his Scouting requirements. It also teaches Python which is a little more complex, but just as fun!
I’m pretty excited about all that my little guy is learning from these books. Most of all, I love the fact that he thinks they are so COOL! Maybe it’s geeky, but so what!! 😉 Want to create your own little geek? Check out these coding for kids books!
Here are a few more coding for kids books that I have come across:
Are you teaching coding to your own kids? Any tips to share?