Programming is a great way for kids to learn about technology and logic. It can also be a great career path for many since the use of technology in our society is ever growing. For homeschooling families teaching kids to program can be an excellent elective and is easily done in a self-paced manner.
My family homeschools our children. A big part of the reason I created the Principles of Programming book was to help them learn the concepts of programming a computer. My two oldest children (twins age 9) have been using the book for just this purpose. We look at it not as required academic subject like math, science, and history, but instead like an elective similar to a foreign language. Our kids are able to complete about each lesson in about 30-60 minutes.
The results? I’ve found that besides the kids learning the basic concepts of programming, the bigger result has been a leap in their curiosity for computers and computer programming. I’m excited that they would rather work on a conceptual problem and code a solution rather than play a video game of play on the iPod.
Your homeschool can be the same way. The Principles of Programming book is intended to be a self-study. A child can work through the book on their own. Help from a parent can of course be beneficial, but is not necessary. Check out our book and see if it’ll work for you.