With the ever-growing popularity of STEM for kids, and with a son who is being more exposed to it through the curriculum at school, this mom has been wanting to learn more about it herself, especially since these subjects were not exactly my strong suits when I was in grade school. Coding, programming, heck, even learning to type on a computer were all topics I wasn’t introduced to until high school, let alone elementary school.
As my children get older and bring more homework home, I want to be able to assist them if needed. But how can I help if I can’t keep up? So whatever resources I can get my hands on that can help me better understand STEM, and potentially any assignments my kids come home with, I will gladly put them to use. Although, let’s face it. My children will probably learn and catch on to these things much faster than I could. But that won’t stop me from at the very least learning along with them.
Case in point: Coding for Kids by Kidlo. This educational app provides a basic introduction to coding and programming. There are a variety of games in different categories, and tutorials included. With each level passed the challenges become more complicated, providing a great way for children to work on problem-solving skills.
There are a variety of games in different categories, including sequences, loops, functions, coordinates, and arrays, each of which encourages children to use logical thinking to solve the puzzles (my son loved the connect the dot games!)
While moving up to a new level means the next puzzle will be more challenging to solve, by relying on memory skills and strategies previously used, kids will actually find moving to the next level is not as difficult as it may seem. So, although at first, my son got a bit frustrated if he struggled to figure out a puzzle, once he got the hang of it he really enjoyed exploring all the different games. Like anything we learn, repetition is key. The more we practice, the better we get.
And it seems this mom could use more practice because my six-year-old son was able to solve these puzzles faster than me. I guess I have some catching up to do.
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