Wanna learn something? Then find a book about it and get busy. That’s pretty much my strategy to teach or learn anything; books. Despite all the online tutorials and directions that are available I still love opening a book and seeing what information it holds on each page. These Scratch coding books build a bridge between technology and literacy. What a win, right?
Technology is no different than any other subject. Even a tech-y subject like coding can be learned from a book. Whaat? You mean technology and books aren’t at war? No ma’am.
Screen time doesn’t have to be the enemy of learning and reading. They can go hand in hand. These coding books are proof of that.
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Technology with a purpose…
I have never identified with people that just love technology. I just don’t. Until I got the weird idea to start a blog and fling my craziness about art and learning out onto the world wide web I had no use for it at all. Suddenly technology has a purpose and is a little more enticing. It’s purely a means to an end for me; but I’m learning and enjoying it.
I want my kids to have the opportunity to learn about coding and all the amazing possibilities that come with it. I really believe learning to think like a coder is the beginning of a set of skills on which they could build a career someday. For now, though, these coding books look like all fun and games.
Fun and games…
Learning that appears to be fun and games is straight up awesome. I’m a homeschool mom to my four kids. I want my kids passions and interests to be the driving force in their education. Learning things that excite their brain makes them want to learn and wholly invests them in the process.
Learning coding is an easy buy in. It literally looks like a game.
I’m no expert…
There are free programs like Scratch coding (created by MIT) and Python that were created for beginners. Full access to these babies is absolutely free!
You can teach yourself anything. (That’s our homeschool motto!)
Scratch coding books….
Scratch coding is the programming we’ve started with at our house. It’s really self explanatory and there are SO many great books about it out there. Many of these books are written to kids. That means they can open the book and work their way though directions and projects one step at a time; mostly on their own. (Click here to see my post about general coding books. It is a great place to start if you’re not yet sure what programming language is your thing!
You don’t need all of these coding books. (Can you say overwhelm?) Pick one or two and work your way through it!
Embracing technology also means taking precautions to keep our family safe. Check out what we use in our home!