The internet is full of suggestions and ways you can learn how to code, but where do you start with homeschool computer science? Homeschooling can be tricky enough without throwing computer science into it. I want to clear things up for you and advocate for computer science education for every single homeschooler. If you have more questions, please email me at email@example.com.
How old should you be before learning computer science?
The best age to learn how to code is after learning how to comfortably type. Although your child doesn’t have to be able to type without looking at the keys, confidence typing will aid their success learning how to code. Once a student can type a paragraph without getting frustrated or it taking too long, they can learn how to code! Usually this means they will be 9 or 10 years old, but not before the age of 6 or 7 (when their hands are too small to even type comfortably.) So, you should be able to start learning how to code by likely 10 years old. Ten is the ideal age for your child to start their computer science homeschool education.
What language should I learn first?
In my opinion, the best way to learn how to code is using Processing. Processing is a simplified and very visual form of Java. This is ideal for teaching young people or people who would get bored with a traditional, text-heavy language. Plug in your email below to receive my free pdf guide to Processing.
The next best option for learning how to code is to create a website. It’s simple and leaves room for creativity. I will have tutorials coming out soon about how to get started creating a website to learn how to code.
Why does my child need to learn computer science and how to code?
I’m glad you asked. This is so important, I wrote a blog post about it. Click here to learn three reasons why your homeschooler needs to learn to code.