What Is Computer Science?
Computer science is all about what learning what computers can actually do. Computer programming (and, thus, coding) is about making the computers do those things. If you want to start coding and programming, you will definitely want to learn a bit about computer science first.
Computer Science and Homeschooling
It’s probably true to state that your students have no idea what it’s like to grow up without computer games and software. Most of today’s students aren’t growing up in situations where they have nothing but board games and outside activities to do. On the contrary, most of today’s students have computer games – but do they know where those computer games came from? Do they know what it took to generate a game that would allow multiple players and communication across the world with complete strangers?
If you’re nodding your head in agreement as you read through this, you’re probably thinking, “So how can I change that?” It’s simple – you can introduce computer science into your homeschooling! “But how, when I don’t understand how that stuff works myself?” you may ask. Fortunately, the solution is easier to come by than you may have thought!
Computer Science Course Recommendations
If you’re going to teach computer science in your homeschool, you probably need some core resources to help you do the job. Below, we’ve collected some fantastic resources for teaching coding in homeschooling!
- CodeWizardsHQ: Looking for a computer science course for your students? You’d probably like one that doesn’t require that you drive anywhere and that doesn’t take up too much of your time. If so, you’ll fall in love with CodeWizardsHQ! They strive to make the whole program easier on homeschooling parents. They also offer both a summer intensive program and a year-round coding course so you can choose whichever best suits your family’s needs!
- CompuScholar: CompuScholar offers courses created for homeschoolers by homeschooling parents. Who better to help teach your students to code than experts in the field of computer science? Since the courses were designed with homeschoolers in mind, you won’t have to worry about purchasing a “class supply” of software or materials. It’s also relatively easy to learn and they offer tech support free of charge!
- Kidware Software: If you need a self-paced computer programming course for your students, Kidware Software may have just what you’re looking for. For beginners, they offer a course titled “Computer Bible Games for Microsoft Small Basic.” If your students have some experience with computer programming, they can take the advanced courses available. As a Homeschool.com Seal of Approval winner for several years in a row, we feel very confident recommending them!
Computer science doesn’t have to scare you! Though much of it may feel intimidating, the good news is that there are companies out there who feel your pain and who have put together programs you can use in homeschooling! With time, your students could even be helping you to learn computer science!
Tasha is a homeschooling mom to 5 and has been homeschooling for 14 years. Currently, her children's ages span from toddler to young adult. Tasha has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Social Sciences from Florida State University and is working on her MBA through SNHU/Berklee School of Music.