Once again our amazing library introduced us to another free online homeschooling resource! We signed up for an Hour of Code: Minecraft at our local library. My kids loved it so I asked the librarian when they would have another, and she said it is a FREE ONLINE RESOURCE!
Hour of Code is a resource that public schools use primarily during a Computer Science Education Week, but it is available for use to anyone all year long. As a homeschooler, I am thankful that we can have access to such a great curriculum right in our homes.
|Free Online Coding for Kids: Hour of CodeTM|
SAFETY NOTES: Anytime you are allowing a child or student to go online, please take basic safety precautions.
- Passwords on EVERYTHING. Our computer, along with all Internet-capable devices, is password protected, and can only be used while me or my husband is in the house AND have given permission. Use a strong password your kids would never guess.
- Safe Search Filters. Make sure all your search engines are changed to safe search filter, especially your phone.This is good protection for your own heart, as well as your children. You can find these by going into Google Settings.
- The best Parental Control is Parental Presence. Do not allow children alone with internet capable technology.
HOUR OF CODE:COMPUTER LANGUAGES
Every activity has a Teacher Resource page, including tips for kids, worksheets, lesson plans, and recommended ages for game.
The TEACH page also gives great timelines for different ages, and suggestions for which activities to begin with. If you have several children and would like to track their progress, you can sign up for a teacher portal.
HOW-TO PAGE & TUTORIALS
You do not a need a sign in for Hour of Code, but most of the follow-on courses require account creation to save student progress.
My sons watched a short How-To video with the librarian, and they were off! The How-To page provided plenty of tutorial for all ages.
No matter what your child's age or interest, there is an activity for them. The website also divides activities by a few factors:
- Ages/Grade (starting at Pre-Reader to Grade 9+)
- Beginner or Comfortable levels of coding
|Kodables is for Pre-Readers to 5th Grade|
|Code with Anna and Elsa for Grade 2+|
|Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code Grades 2+|
|Digital Art in Pixels with CodeHS for Grade 6+|