Code Camp for kids.
I have been looking at this course for my kids for the last 6 months and finally, finally, we are in!! Well Lux is anyway.
Code Camp for kids teaches children from ages 5 to 13 how to code. They are taught the back end of computer systems and will walk out of the course having been taught the beginnings of how to develop an ap.
For me, in my house we have very little screen time. My phone is out of bounds, there is zero TV before school and on most nights during the week. We don’t have an Xbox or Playstation (much to my kids disgust) and we share one iPad for school tasks such as Reading Eggs, Mathletics and school assignments.
Thanks to Expand Education where Autumn currently gets tutoring, we are huge fans of FART time (families are reading together) where we do our best to sit as a family and read most days. More on this in a later blog post.
Why am I telling you this? Not to make me a legend that’s for sure. I don’t judge other family’s decisions. There’s so much information out there in the big wide world, as long as you are taking head, only you can make the best decision for you and your family. At the moment there’s so ample opinions when it comes to screen time (read ….. here). How much, at what age, what time of day etc, but what I’m trying to differentiate between is what ‘screen time’ actually means to my family.
Now back to the Code Camp. What I love about this course is that it’s teaching kids valuable lessons about computers. There is no denying that coding isn’t going away, in fact, it’s one of the fastest growing skill based employment opportunities at the moment. I truly believe that coding skills will be an invaluable skill for the kids to have for their future. No matter what business you start, run or work for, there is always some form of computer skills required and I’m excited to be able to offer my kids the opportunity to start learning these skills at a young age.
Does this mean that my rules on screen time will change? Probably not, but as the children get older the rules will be adapted as I see fit. But what it does change is that it gives them an opportunity to be able to do things on the computer that don’t revolve around playing games and watching videos on YouTube.
Instead, they can build websites for me!! Haha!! My only fear is that I’m not sure I’m ready for them to be smarter than me just yet. Maybe I will have to do a coding course myself just to keep up.
Lux is booked in to do ‘Spark’ in the school holidays and he can’t wait!!!
For more information on Code Camp check out their website here.