I’d like to share with you a 2nd educational site for children. I’m not affiliated with them or the other people from the Parents’ Britannica. If you think this may be of interest to you or someone you know please read on for more information or share.
All the best, Faith xo
Hello Ruby is the world’s most whimsical way to learn about technology, computing and coding. We are all about curiosity, playfulness and logic.
We provide tools for kids, parents and educators to learn to understand programming in a fun and creative way. Our story started off with a book that is now published in over 22 languages, including Japanese, Korean, Dutch and even Finnish.
You can read more – https://www.helloruby.com/about
Fun + FREE activities – https://www.helloruby.com/play
Resources for teachers – https://www.helloruby.com/loveletters
Note: I just want to say, please don’t feel overwhelmed by your child starting to learn computer coding – it is possible!
Long before the internet, somewhere bang in the ’80s I was a nine year old sitting in front of a BBC B computer. My dad was always buying the latest ‘toys’ that took his fancy and us kids – just my sister and me, my brother had no interest – were excited to have this mini amusement arcade at home. We played Bug Blaster, King Kong and other tantalising games.
When I got bored with the games I looked at the manual that came with it and keeping a note-book, learnt some basic coding. I learnt how to create coloured words against the black screen and sci-fi sounds. I remember using the GOTO command repeatedly. I used it in my games where pictures were non-existent and it’d read like some kind of game-novel where you pick the direction the adventurer was going in – and suffer the consequences of bad choices. No, I didn’t go on to become a professional programmer although my older cousin became a professor at computer science – he’d only visit us in order to use the computer for free and it surely helped him. The BBC computer was quite expensive and thus the cheaper competitors, Spectrum and Commodore 64 were more popular.
Eleven years ago I bought myself a computer domain but I knew nothing about website programming. I thought it can’t be that different from learning a language from another country. After all it isn’t Brain surgery! I’d already self-learnt German, a 2nd language, by living and working in Germany, but I’m not talented at learning languages even though I love words and some German words make beautiful sense!
Tasse = cup
Untertasse = under cup / saucer!
And the objects are sort of like people with different sexes –
Die Waschmaschine = the (female) washing machine
Der Trockner = the (male) dryer
I’d picture the above words with a man and woman couple washing up and drying the dishes at the sink after dinner.
I didn’t remember a lot of the definite articles though, I was a workaholic and for a few years also a step-mum so I didn’t have much time. My German friends/colleagues grew bored when I asked about grammatical things, I cannot blame them. The German definite article always changes depending on how the word is used (nominative, accusative, genitive, or dative case) – quite confusing to other people 😮
I had a German friend who spoke perfect French because her mother was French. She tried helping me with my German since we lived together (with some students in a flat share in a grotty part of Heidelberg). She’d say “that’s female because it’s beautiful!” And we’d laugh.
Anyway, back to the website programming from eleven years ago. I thought I CAN do this! John egged me on – you CAN do this! I don’t know why he had so much faith in me. I looked about on the net and found many free resources from lovely people who had taken the time, interest and financial cost to share what they knew – a big thank you programmers and developers! I copied and pasted and did it all by hand using a free editor – then I’d tidy it up later to make it look pretty. I’m a ‘detail person’.
Of course some strange things happened and there were mini frustrations, but I ploughed on – after all, no longer able to work due to my injury, I couldn’t afford a professional website programmer. You DO learn by your own mistakes, an important aspect of any learning. I wanted so much to put my art, crafts, and stories up. Working away at this became my job and took my mind off my unrelenting pain. And when it was done I was pleased with how it looked and worked.
It is do-able! Whether it’s websites or any other kind of computer programming, it CAN be learnt. And starting from young is the best time.