What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids stay motivated through encouraging feedback as well as badges for completing sections. They're prompted to write code examples and get an immediate response with a request to continue.
Kids learn coding basics in lessons that get progressively more complex and provide more challenges. Programming also reinforces computer science and math principles, such as functions, and kids learn to achieve goals and use logic.
A blog offers additional programming instruction and information. Teachers can access dozens of coding courses, and a separate Code Garage section features beginner, intermediate, and advanced games and other projects.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
LearnStreet offers some stellar programming instruction. Kids can find out about coding terms, view what each section entails, and learn how to write code in three programming languages by completing interactive lessons. The system walks them through every step, providing instructions, examples, exercises, and hints. There's also a chat feature that's supposed to provide real-time help; administrators aren't always online, but kids can email questions if they can't get an immediate response. A separate Code Garage section provides additional and fun programming projects.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how programming involves communicating commands in a specific order. Can your child think of real-life examples that require completing actions in a sequence?
Can your child see a connection between writing instructions clearly in programming and communicating clearly verbally or in writing?
The site encourages kids to complete educational sessions and to move on to the next level. Discuss setting and reaching a goal and help your child identify and work toward one.