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Do you have to know how to code to teach your children with this book?

 
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Hi, I am a mom and would like to expose my kids to programming, but I know very little code. Would the book be useful for someone who doesn't know code to teach their kids?
 
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Amy,
Great question! I wrote Teach Your Kids to Code with parents and kids with no programming experience in mind. Some of my best reviews & feedback have come from homeschooling parents who were looking for a way to get their kids a head start, even though they might have no prior knowledge of coding themselves.
For the first three chapters, almost all the apps are short (5-10 lines), visual or interactive programs that are meant to engage children and parents.
The narrative between programs is more for parents to understand the "how", the fun programs are for the kids to see "why" each new skill gives them a new coding super-power !
Perhaps the two most important things are:
1) code with your child - show them it's fun, guide them, and spend time with them; and
2) let them play, explore, even lead.
My kids were always coming up with ways to make my graphical programs better (see this post: Teach Your Kids to Code: When to start?), so I started capturing their ideas, and it helped me start writing the book.
I hope that helps - best wishes, and happy coding!
Bryson
 
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Thank you! I will look into getting your book!
 
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