KidCoder  - Computer Programming Course for Homeschool Kids

There have been a few times in history where things changed so much, so quickly we refer to them as “Revolutions”. 

First was probably the Agricultural Revolution where animals were domesticated and methods were developed that allowed a majority of the population to end their nomadic ways.

Then we had the Industrial Revolution.  Machines, movement, business, and production.

Historians have labeled what we are currently experiencing  the Technology {or} Information Revolution. And at the heart of this momentous era is one tool – the computer.

Today – I am reviewing the KidCoder course from Homeschool Programming Inc.a handy tool for exposing kids to the basics of computer programming and languages in order to participate in this technologically dependent world.

Why Kids Should Learn Computer Programming

We might not find computer programming high on our personal list of learning aspirations, but our kids are going to grow up in a completely different world. Any field that is even remotely related to computers is going to involve some kind of programming.

We take for granted the ease of browsing websites, downloading apps, and using software because there are individuals behind the scenes programming every step of the way.

In order for our kids to be ready for the job field of tomorrow, they need to have a basic understanding of computers and programming languages.   The more they know, the better.

KidCoder Introduces The Basics Of Computer Programming

Programming Course Collage

The KidCoder program is designed for students in 4th-8th grade who know the basics of using a computer.

There are two semester “texts” that make up an entire year of instruction:

  1. Windows Programming
  2. Gaming Programming

You can buy each semester text separately  but we received the entire year pack to review.

The program takes you through the history of computers, software, and programming – right into Windows Visual Basic. At the completion of both semesters, the student will be able to create and publish a simple graphical game!

Raven has worked at her own pace since August, and she is 2/3 the way through the Windows Programming text.

Here is a little video of her demonstrating how she learned to program fill-in forms and a response to clicking a button:

Homeschool Programming also offers TeenCoder courses in C#, Java, and Android.  These are designed for High School students (no previous programming knowledge required).

What We Like About The KidCoder Course

First, I just have to say that although the course says you can complete it without the instructional videos, I highly recommend them.  Not only do they provide a great resource for visual/audio learners, they give examples of some of the steps in Visual Basic in real time.  And – it was impressive and awesome to hear a woman’s voice telling about the history of computer programming (a field that tends to be dominated by males).

Go lady programmers!

Raven on Visual Basic

I was impressed with the way the material was set up – moving from a basic overview of programming languages into an easy-to-use format like Visual Basic.  Kids can immediately see feedback and start to get their feet wet in the world of programming.

Raven enjoyed the pace of the text.  Each concept was thoroughly explained and then demonstrated.  Every line of code is scripted step-by-step so if you mess up in Visual Basic you can go back to your text and see where you went wrong.  Not only that, but Visual Basic is a great platform that has a lot of automation – so your kids don’t get bogged down in writing pages of code.

They can focus on creating the fun stuff – objects that respond to your programming!

Connect With Homeschool Programming Inc.

Computer Programming courses for Kids and Teens!

You can find KidCoder and TeenCoder on the Homeschool Programming website – along with reviews, samples, and demo videos.

Also – connect with Homeschool Programming on Facebook and Twitter!

The people behind KidCoder are homeschool parents with professional knowledge in the computer sciences.  Their goal is to:

create courses that would teach professional programming languages in a fun way that students could understand and that non-technical parents could teach

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Giveaway!

Homeschool Programming is generous and willing to give away a free semester pack of your choosing to one of my readers!

Choose from either KidCoder semester (Windows or Game), or one of the four TeenCoder semester packs (C# Windows, C#Game, Java, Android).

Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post answering one of these quetsions: “What experience do you have with computer programming? Do you see your kids needing experience in programming for their future job?”
  • Come back up to the Rafflecopter widget and select your entries (you can get more chances to win by tweeting and sharing)
  • All entrants must be over 18 years of age and have a US or military address.
  • Winner will be chosen in 1 week and have 72 hours to respond by email.

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Disclaimer: I received the KidCoder course for free, and I was compensated for my time spent reviewing this product. This review is my own, honest opinion of the product. I was not required to post a positive review.

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12 Responses to KidCoder – Homeschool Computer Programming Course {Review}

  1. HomefrontSix says:

    I don’t know that either of my children will need programming skills for their future vocations but I do believe that they should be exposed and given the option to pursue it if it’s something in which they are interested. I have very little experience with programming (dh has more) and I think *I* am more interested/excited about this product than they are!

  2. Terese Christian says:

    My husband and I do not have any programming experience, but can definitely see that having these skills could be valuable for our kids in the future!

  3. Naomi says:

    I don’t know if my children will need this program but I would love to give them opportunity to learn it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Vicki Arnold says:

    I very much see my son needing this in his future. He is very interested in video game design.

  5. Tori says:

    I know next to nothing about computers but my son loves being on the computer (and iPad and video games…) I can see computer programming knowledge being a very useful skill for him in the future

    • You know – I was playing Minecraft the other day and realized that I was using computer programming commands to get around on the server! As long as computers exist – programming will be integral.

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  7. Sharon says:

    I have NO experience with computer programming…but see a definite need of it for children in the future. Thanks for your giveaway opportunity!

  8. Judy Hoch says:

    I have virtually no experience with computer programming, but I definitely see it as a great opportunity for my kids.

  9. Darla Isaacs Gallew says:

    My son is trying figure out gaming code on his own and has various dreams of being an entrepreneur, so yes. I followed this link from Jimmie’s Collage because I wondered if the Video’s were a necessary part of the package – thank you for answering honestly. It helped me to decide to purchase the videos as well. I’ll add this to our program next fall. I took a basic course in highschool which has been helpful when my husband speaks geek. My husband is a Computer Engineer and speaks geek. :)

  10. Ami says:

    I have zero experience, but Jason writes quick little programs for me frequently. :) I’m not sure how much will be expected of our kids, but more technology education can’t be a bad thing! I know Elijah would love this!

  11. Ashley says:

    Its great to know about homeschool computer programming course. Accelerated/advanced learners really look for additional avenues to learn, this would be a great opportunity for the homeschoolers. Awesome and useful blog.

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