Simply Coding: Homeschool Courses for 6th-12th Grade

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.

This week’s review features Bear’s take on the Simply Coding online curriculum for youth. The Coding for Kids Annual Membership teaches youth to write code for computer games, websites, and apps.


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Simply Coding has created an educational pathway that aids youth in becoming innovators in the digital world. We received the Coding for Kids Annual Membership which also includes an initial 10-day free trial, mentor chat support during the week, and monitored email support in the evenings and on weekends. From there your child can work through courses and learn to create software for computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Unlike other popular coding websites, this program is specifically designed for children ages 11 and up.


To operate the curriculum your child PC or Laptop computer with any version of Windows or Mac operating systems. You’ll also need 2 GB RAM, 10 GB hard drive space and an internet connection. It should also be noted that iPads, tablets, cell phones, and Chromebooks are not compatible with the Simply Coding Curriculum. We used a new and older laptop during the review period and found the program to work well on both. Bear didn’t experience any issues logging onto the website or navigating through the lessons.



Course Titles
  • Intro to Websites: Design and code your own website learning HTML and CSS
  • JavaScript Game Design: Code three different games learning JavaScript, code your own custom JavaScript Game
  • Responsive Websites: Design and code a responsive website with form validation
  • JavaScript Game Design II – Tower Defense: Code a multi-level Tower Defense game and a racing game in JavaScript
  • Python Multiplayer Adventures: Code four different projects in Python including two separate multiplayer adventures
  • Intro to Java: Code multiple different programs learning Java. Learn concepts to prepare for AP CS
  • 3D Game Design & VR: Use JavaScript to create 3D Worlds in Game Design and VR
  • Minecraft Mods in Java
  • **Android Apps in Java is currently being updated and will be available for Fall 2021.

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The various courses within this curriculum are available at beginner, intermediate, or advanced students. The Intro to Websites and JavaScript Game Design are for beginning students but work great as a refresher as well. If your child has participated in a different coding program, I would still have them work through these courses to review and get used to the interface. After completing those your child will learn to incorporate additional techniques like adding levels and multiple players to their games. Even creating harder, action-filled, and multidimensional worlds are covered within the advanced level courses. Each course has credit the value already calculated so it can also be included on your child’s homeschool transcript for middle or high school.



OUR ROUTINE & FINAL THOUGHTS
Bear began Simply Coding and worked through one lesson each school day. By the second week, he was completing lessons on our laptop within thirty minutes. He liked the detailed example videos, instructions, and visuals throughout the lessons. He also enjoyed that each lesson included interactive components like self-destructive videos and the ability to practice at his own pace. He thought this curriculum was much better than the previous online coding course he took. Bear also said he felt the courses were structured for older children and he was happy about that.


I was happy that the Coding for Kids Annual Membership courses was not filled with continuous drag and drop pictures. Each lesson provided an age-appropriate approach that allowed Bear to explore creating digital masterpieces. The quizzes, projects, and games ensured Bear practiced consistently and understood everything he was taught. Simply Coding was educational and entertaining with a detailed interface for children 12 and up. We definitely recommend this membership to families that value the exciting opportunities that come with knowing how to code their own computer games, websites, and apps.

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Happy homeschooling, Ta’Neisha K.

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