In addition to the chapters/notes for each lesson, the curriculum included over 20 example Small Basic programs for us to study and modify as needed. I even had my son create his own program based on my 6 year old's favorite question. "When I am 10 years old how old will my brother/sister be?" Our program now allows him to type in an age and it will show him how old each member of the family will be. This was not part of the curriculum and is a pretty simple program but it did show my son how he could "see the need" and create a program for the computer to do the work (math in public) for him.
I will say that I have had some basic programming instruction and so has my son so we were able to move fairly quickly through each lesson. It was also helpful to have the lesson and Small Basic both up on the screen where it was easier to copy and paste some code instead of waiting for the 11 year old who doesn't type find his way around the keyboard.
All in all we enjoyed using Computer Science For Kids and discovering what Microsoft Small Basic could do. I would recommend using this program to get your youngster started as a computer programmer or at least give them the exposure and knowledge that there's more to that pretty little icon that sits on your desktop. :-)
|Reviewing a lesson|
|Our age program|
I know that not everyone has the luxury of dad being able to teach a school subject, but occasionally we are blessed with that luxury. It was fun to see these two work together to solve a problem and even more fun when they would call the rest of our family in to show us the latest program they had created. I am eager to see what they will program next as they continue these lessons together.
The course requires XP-SP2, Vista, or Windows 7, ability to view and print documents saved in Microsoft Word format, and the Microsoft Small Basic development environment (Version 0.9 or higher).
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