Computer Programming for ages 8-12 (Motherboard Books Review)

There are now computer courses for younger children available from Phyllis Wheeler, the Computer Lady at Motherboard Books.


Logo Adventures is a full-year, homeschool computer science curriculum using MicroWorlds Logo language developed at MIT. Designed as a weekly lesson for 8 – 12 year olds, students learn to read and write code, think logically; and strengthen their reasoning skills. There are 26 lessons, divided evenly between drawing lessons and animations lessons in this student-paced computer programming guide. Ms. Wheeler walks through the basic steps of starting to program while laying the foundation for understanding what it means to program.


Logo Adventures Curriculum is a self-study book and answer key, plus MicroWorlds EX software for $129.99. Check out the Logo Adventures website for a sample chapter, and a Gallery page of student work.

Also designed with children ages 8 – 12 in mind, is the 60-page tutorial e-book, Let’s Make a Web Page. Using free trial software CoffeeCup HTML Editor, this e-book will show your child how to make a Web page. It includes an Introduction for Parents, 10 step-by-step lessons — from download, set up, add text; and photo, to sound, links, and post your work, with an Appendix: How to Upload to the Internet. This concise, short-term project is $19.95.


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A big thank you to PK @ Knee Deep In Grace for writing this introductory post.


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