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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.
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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.