Christine A Howard

A Homeschool Review of Code For Teens

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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Code for Teens
 

A Little Bit About Code For Teens

I am not a programmer.  You either?  Well we are in good company then.  It is a strange world we live in today where our kids are more knowledgeable than we are about so many things.  We have texting, social media, phone apps and so many other technological things that they know so much more about than we do.  And they still need to know more!  Our society is on the bullet train of technology and no one seems to have a good map on where we are headed.  JavaScript is the language driving the train.

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.

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This book was developed with teens in mind.  It is self-paced, funny and engaging.  Your teen will learn simple JavaScript in a manner where they won’t need any help from you or really anyone else.  My son is not a programmer. A gamer, yes.  Programmer not so much.  But, now he is making alerts using built in functions.  Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it?  I know I was pretty impressed.

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.

Code for Teens
The book is written as an instructional manual.  Because of this, your student will find actual screen print photos within the text so that he or she cannot miss a thing.  If your teen follows along step-by-step, she will easily be able to complete the process.  Repetition is built into each new learning concept.  Your student will have plenty of time to practice current concepts before going on to new ones.

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.

Our Thoughts…

Zach (age 16)

“I thought it was educational.  It was fun learning all the different codes of JavaScript.  the book gives a perfect description of what the code does, what area it would be in, and how to program it.”

Chris (mom)

“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.

Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner's Guide to Programming {Code for Teens Reviews}
A Homeschooll Review of Code For Teens


If you have been looking for a way to teach your kids JavaScript coding, Code For Teens is for you.  Your teens can learn coding with no help from you in an easy to follow, colorful book.

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