This is our 4th year to participate in the Hour of Code at UTES. And we ALL participate! From Pre-K through 5th grade, each student learns some coding. Why? Because coding teaches logical sequential thinking and problem solving that is useful for any field. Also, learning to code is essential to many career fields now. More immediately, many middle schools and high schools are teaching coding and our Little Longhorns will have a advantage already knowing the basics. Here's more. We use Kodable and code.org. I have sent out all of the links on dojo for each class specifically. If you do not have the links for your class, please email me and I can send them again. It's a great activity for your kids to do online when you are looking for some down time during the holidays. You will be amazed at what they are able to understand and do! I know I am always so inspired by them. If your older child is interested in doing more to learn coding I recommend code academy or Khan Academy to continue learning. These are both free and very good. If your child prefers either of these, let me know and they can log on to them in class. Happy coding!!!
PS- I play Star Wars theme songs in the back ground to keep them inspired :)