Are you pretty much a computer genius? Nah, me neither, at all. The awesome thing about the books in this list is that they put the world of computer coding in reach of all of us. This list specifically features books that use the Python coding language.
There are a couple of appealing things about this Python coding language. The firs is the somewhat threatening name. An element of danger makes the whole thing instantly more appealing to some random eleven year olds; just guessing. Secondly, Python is free software available for anyone to use. Win.
What is coding….
At it’s simplest coding is a set of directions that tell your computer what to do. Coding is responsible for apps, websites, video games, pretty much all the stuff we think our kids spend too much time on.
Technology does not need to be the enemy to creativity. I said it. Let’s embrace the crazy possibilities that technology holds for our kids instead of whimpering that it’s ruining them.
Turning a negative into a positive…
What if we stopped complaining abut how much time they spend passively playing games or scrolling websites? What if kids were able to become an active participant in the process? That’s what coding can do. Python coding, or any coding program, can turn them into an active player in the technology game.
Thinking like a coder allows them not just to play video games but to make their own video game. Isn’t that a little more exciting? Suddenly your kid seems a little less couch potato-y and little more genius-y.
And even if you’re child doesn’t buy into learning about coding in that big of a sense learning to think like a coder is still a really great skill. Coding teaches a linear, specific type of thinking that is hard to duplicate elsewhere. Give them the tools.
Me, teach coding…
Prior to declaring myself a blogger I had little use for technology beyond Facebook and Pinterest. I am , by no means, qualified as an expert on anything that plugs in, requires wifi, or an SD card. You get the idea. This stuff does not come naturally to me.
It doesn’t matter. That’s the beauty of these Python coding books. They are written straight to your child. You can learn beside your child; a favorite thing to my homeschool mama heart. Or you can literally turn the book and the screen over to your child. They will at once be improving their literacy skills, learning a whole new language, and thinking creatively and actively.
This particular list focuses on books that feature Python coding. There are lots of other “learn to code” books out there that are more general or use the also free and awesome Scratch coding language.
Just pick one and start. Don’t get overwhelmed deciding. This is literally an investment free opportunity for your kids to jump into the future!
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