I think children, for the most part, love technology. Why not apply this interest and school for an awesome class for your student?
Bitsboxes This company sends monthly coding projects for your child to do and is geared toward children 6 -12 years old. You have the option of kits coming directly to your house or you can download the projects yourself. Here is a sampling of what they have to offer:
Month 1 – Animal House
The lesson: Coordinates, basic commands
Month 2 – Roboboogie
The lesson: Variables, motion, action
Month 3 – A Land Far Away
The lesson: If/else, tap, drag
Month 4 – Sky’s the Limit
The lesson: Functions, repeat, delay, tap
SKrafty has an Intro to Java and a Java Script class for 6-12 grade. Your student will be able to create games that can be played on any computer.
Khan Academy offers free computer programming classes. I am giving you a link to browse through what they offer.
SCRATCH Developed by MIT students, this free computer coding community offers students the ability to build games and work with animation. There are also lesson plans for you to use and another great thing is that it is FREE!
Code is a free computer science website that many schools use to teach programming. There is a section for students and one for teachers. Their belief is that “Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” They offer full-length classes as well as one-hour ones.
Homeschool with MineCraft– Students can either choose from self-paced classes or live classes that are focused around subjects such as American history, American presidents, and inventors. There are also classes that use books for their building projects such as Story of the World . There is a building project as well as additional video links your student can watch to learn more about the topic. Classes include Story of the World, the I Survived series, and American Girl Dolls history. There are classes for elementary students through high school.
Have a great week! ~ Lisa ~