If you follow educational trends at all, you will learn about the need to teach coding and computer science to our students. The UK actually includes coding as part of their nationwide curriculum, and more countries are following (or leading) suit. If you google phrases like “teaching code in America,” the top hits are all articles talking about how America is failing students for not teaching coding. As a mom, I don’t want my kids falling behind students in other countries because they aren’t getting the education they need today to be ready for the global job market.
Classical Education, when followed as outlined in several popular methods, focuses more on learning the roots of our heritage and Western culture. I consider myself some sort of hybrid classical educator. I follow the trivium and inundate my kids with knowledge of what came before, but I also believe it is vital to learn important 21st century skills to be competitive in the job market.
To this end I have tried to teach coding to my kids. We got involved in VEX robotics and started learning RobotC. We got the Coding for Beginners using Scratch book from Usborne and started diving into the free online Scratch program. VEX was fun, but costly, and honestly the challenges were really hard for my elementary school children. I feel like some scaffolding is needed before VEX would be really effective for them. I may go into all of that in some other post about VEX. Scratch is great, but I really want my kids to learn some coding languages. We do Scratch a lot, and my kids really enjoy it, so it is definitely worth it, but I am so excited about Code Combat.
The homeschool buyers co-op has a deal on Code Combat for a year subscription for $70 for up to 5 students. We subscribed at the end of December and I feel like it has already repaid my investment since the other options I tried were so much more expensive and my kids didn’t learn nearly as quickly or as much. I highly recommend checking out the free beginner levels and seeing if it will work for you and your family.