Review: Computer Science & Coding Notebook (Workman Publishing)

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.


Introducing your children to computer science and coding is definitely necessary for the time we live in. Thankfully, Workman Publishing has presented plenty of helpful information within Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook.


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook provides concepts, mnemonic devices, vocabulary, diagrams, and illustrations to help your children understand computer science. This book is a part of The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks) series by Workman Publishing. This series features detailed workbooks your child can use to learn and subsequently review from during 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Each Big Fat Notebook features a plethora of information, helpful tips, comprehension questions for the topics. This Big Fat Notebook is paperback and contains over 500 pages of information to help coding and computer science “sink in” for long term retention. The book is broken down into 8 units featuring separate chapters for each topic. The chapters include text that is easy-to-read with noted vocabulary that is highlighted and definitions clearly visible inside of a green box. Purple boxes store helpful reminders while blue boxes cover important dates, people, and places. Main ideas are underlined throughout the text and a myriad of graphics offer a clear vision for better understanding.

This Computer Science & Coding book covers the following topics:
  • Computing systems
  • Binary code
  • Algorithms
  • Computational thinking
  • Loops, events, and procedures
  • Programming in Scratch and Python
  • Boolean Expressions
  • Web development
  • Cybersecurity
  • HTML
  • CSS

Want to see inside? Watch our flip through video!



OUR ROUTINE & FINAL THOUGHTS
Upon receipt, I looked through the entire book to see how the format would fit into our homeschool schedule. We worked through this book with our middle schooler twice a week during the review period. Initially, we went through one chapter each session but I eventually allowed Bear to move forward at his own pace. Each session took approximately 30-45 minutes to complete and included reading, answering review questions, and writing out vocabulary. Once he felt comfortable, he also began to write out his own programs. Bear has even used Scratch as well as other programs and websites suggested by our local library to practice coding.



We have enjoyed working through Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook. The graphics are my favorite component because each one clearly displays the example programs and steps for success. The overall layout of the book is another awesome feature because it was easy to find vocabulary words, definitions, and even review question answers. Bear appreciated the step by step guides and felt this book has helped him further understand computer science and coding. We think Workman Publishing created a great book that will be a good addition to your homeschool library can be used as a reference for years to come. Bear recommends this book for children ages 12 and up.

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Happy homeschooling,
Ta’Neisha K.

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