As part of the Mosaic Reviews team, I was given the chance to review Homeschool Programming for free. We’ve worked with the program, and I have to say, it’s a hit.
Homeschool Programming was designed by homeschooling parents, so they know what homeschooling families need. With degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, they know how to break things down to make computer science easy to understand for anyone.
Many kids love computers and my son is no exception. If you want to take a look at what Homeschool Programming offers more in depth, you can find them on:
What Homeschool Programming Offers
There are two series that the company offers: KidCoder Web series and TeenCoder C# series.
The KidCoder series includes: Beginning Web Design for 4th-12th grade, learning about making websites with HTML, and the Visual Basic series. This consists of Windows Programming and Game Programming and is for 6th – 12th grade. Kids learn all about the Visual Basic programming language and how to make their own games.
The Web Design program is available for $20 – $85. The price varies based on whether you buy the videos only, the course only, or the course and videos.
The Visual Basic series is two semesters long. The first semester is Windows Programming and the second is Game Programming. You can choose to purchase by the semester or for the entire year. Just like the Web Design, the prices range from $20 – $85 depending on what you want. If you want to buy an entire year’s worth of lessons, it ranges from $30 – $145, depending on if you buy videos, courses, or both.
The TeenCoder programs are for 9th- 12th grade students. Students can learn Java, Android, Windows, and Game Programming. Prices vary according to your options (videos, courses, both) and range from $30 – $155 per year or $20-$90 per semester.
Products are shipped as printed textbooks with programs on CD. The instructional videos are optional, but would probably be very helpful for many. The curriculum is designed to allow students to teach themselves, but younger kids would need parents to help.
We received the KidCoder Visual Basic program, learning Windows and Game programming using Visual Basic. Now, my son is technically too young for the program since he’s not yet in 4th grade, but nonetheless with a little help from mom it has been a huge hit. He loves computers, and I was hoping he’d love learning more about how they work.
We received the student text as a pdf and the programs as downloads. I would imagine that it would be easier to use with a book in front of you. Even so, it was not difficult to have a PDF window up to view the text and the program in another window.
Installation was very easy. The student text walks you through every step of installing the needed programs. Even better, the program is also intuitive so installation was simple. If you do need more help, there is installation help available on the website. There is also a getting started guide.
The textbook was way over my son’s head, but the information was complete, easy to understand, and very interesting. I had no trouble adjusting the information so that my son could understand it. He’s fascinated by the fact that computers have their own language (binary) for example! Or that he can push a few buttons and make something happen, like changing how a button looks.
The program is easy to use. It’s very clear which window or button is which, you can adjust the various windows without a problem, and it’s easy to see what you’re doing. The book walks you step by step through learning about the program, how to adjust the screen, and even walks you through making your first project.
I can see how an older child could easily teach themselves with this program. It’s been a huge hit with my husband as well! I have to admit that I’m very impressed with the ease of use, the clarity of the directions, and how well it’s broken down into steps. My little boy is so enthralled that he’s asked that we add it to our school day and has made me promise I’d go through the program with him!
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