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Homeschool Unit Study: Coding, Beyond Beginner

If your kids are saying “Where can I learn about coding” you can check out Homeschool Unit Study: Coding, Getting Started which is part 1 in our series on coding by clicking on the link.

This post builds on part 1 and goes beyond the beginner coding stage. However, if they like to begin with a fun challenge they can dive right in here.

All of the coding series of posts can be found in our homeschool unit study on coding.

There are a lot of places to learn to code but not all of them are good and not all of them are engaging.

We tried to go through as many coding sites as we could to see which ones keep a child interested, provide a challenge, and are fun to play with.

We also tried to find ones that are not so hard that kids (or moms & dads!) get frustrated right away.

All of these sites are a step up from the beginner level.

These are some really good coding spots to check out. I hope you all have fun learning with them.

Homeschool Unit Study: Coding, Beyond Beginner

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Homeschool Unit Study: Coding

If you want a fun way to learn to code you might want to try Code Combat. You can play in JavaScript (we are going to use JavaScript since that is what we are learning through Kahn Academy) or Python. We need a bit more coding experience to play but it does look neat. FYI spells and weapons which I mention because some families will love that and others will prefer to stay away because of it.

CodeAvengers is a coding site that allows you to build a webpage, build an app, or build a game. The game option is to build an action game in which you collect coins and avoid bombs. I see a few weapons as well. I like that there are good directions, hints and even a place to contact them if you get stuck. You can start for free but additional classes do have a fee.

Go to Code Academy to sign up for free lessons at the top. There are several versions of coding languages at the very bottom of the page. There is info on making a website and coding with html, css, Javascript, Python, Ruby, PHP, and jQuery—plenty to keep them interested! They can try out any that he may like.

RoboMind has a free hour of code class to take. They also offer paid classes that are more involved. I am checking into those at the moment to see what they are like.

Let them try their hand at learning Python. Use it in Code Combat (above) or just to try something new. The level says beginner but it is more advanced than what I would consider beginner. This is a free 13 hour course that goes into functions, lists and loops.

After the one above, pop over to W3Schools which as it has a lot of great tutorials. I have used their tutorials on html and css for the blog and they make things pretty easy to understand.

Here are are couple of other beyond beginner resources for coding: DK Workbooks: Computer Coding and Help Your Kids with Computer Coding

For more information on coding see also:

Book reviews on: Learn to Program With Scratch and Super Scratch Programming Adventure

And, just for fun, be sure to check out our LEGO Coding post!

After going through the beginner versions in their quest to learn to code there are a lot of other options.

Learning to code is a lot of fun and something that some kids really get into. If you are looking for more ideas try Coding Apps.

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Cindy Howell

Thursday 6th of November 2014

These are great resources for anyone wanting to learn code. I think I might give them a try too!

Sheila Rogers

Saturday 8th of November 2014

Cindy, You should have a go. I am really enjoying coding.

Erica Loop

Thursday 30th of October 2014

Thanks for the great resource. My son is starting to learn code in a class he's taking, and I don't feel very helpful. At least now I can guide him towards some good resources.

Sheila Rogers

Friday 31st of October 2014

Hi Erica, Thanks for the comment. My son and I are working on coding. I had no clue how to do it. The resources are good and helpful.