If you are the parent of a teen, I don’t have to tell you how many hours teens spend with technology. You already know this first-hand. What I can tell you is that you can harness this love for all things technical into something quite beautiful. We were recently picked to review the book, Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1), by Code for Teens. I now have a reason to allow my teens extra time with their devices, because this time is now educational. Here is what we found as we reviewed this product…
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A Little Bit About Code For Teens
So how do we as parents educate our kids on something we don’t really know anything about? Well, we could send them off to an expert, right? But then we have the problem of finding said expert, possibly paying said expert, and so on. Enter Code For Teens. Now we have a viable, affordable option to help our teens learn what they need to stay relevant in today’s technology hungry world.
I know he was pretty apprehensive about learning coding, because math is not his favorite subject. It has been a real joy watching him light up as he learns a new trick with his computer. At one point he looked up from his computer and said, “Mom, it really works!” Such a confidence builder and a great motivation to continue learning.
A Little Bit About Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1)
Jeremy and Christine Moritz do a wonderful job engaging teens with their book. They created it to be self-paced and student led, meaning no teacher. The book is the teacher. What this means is that you can sit back and play cheerleader to your teen as they progress through the concepts. You don’t have to know anything about coding or programming to help them. Its all in the book.
My son found one concept to be a little more challenging. He was able to repeat that one skill until he had it mastered. Turns out he was missing a small step, and with more practice, he realized this over site.
How We Used Code For Teens
We set aside about an hour three times per week for my son to work through the book. After just a few minutes with the book, he was already doing some programming skills. Seeing these small successes gave him the confidence to move on to more difficult things. He would like to show you just how fun programming can be. You can see his video below.
Zach (age 16)
“I love the fact that I don’t need to know anything. My son was able to sit at his computer, work through the book and then show me what he was able to accomplish.”
Review Crew Thoughts
You don’t have to take our word for it though. There are lots of great reviews written by other Review Crew families that you can see. Just click the link below to view them.