These days it seems like every almost every child you speak to wants to learn computer coding and to design their own games and/or comic strips. EJ is no different so when we had the opportunity to review a special one-time class from CodeWizardsHQ we were quite happy about it.
The appointed time arrived and EJ was ready (having checked out his microphone and speaker set-up the day before.) As soon as he signed on he was greeted by his teacher Lynn who introduced herself and talked to each of the children to learn a bit about them. For someone who had never taken an online class before, this made EJ feel very comfortable with the process.
This class covered HTML which was new to EJ. In the past, he has only worked with drag and drop programming for robots so this was an adventure. The kids all started with a basic comic that they added to and changed into a project of their own.
Lynn was very responsive when EJ had a question and I liked that she could take a look at his screen on her end in order to find out where his coding had gone astray (like when his character seemed to be floating loose in the background. It’s amazing what havoc one tiny missing bracket can do to a code!)
CodeWizardsHQ was not created specifically for homeschool families. Their regular schedule has classes during evenings and weekends to accommodate students who attend school in the daytime but they do offer opportunities for homeschool families to get together and schedule daytime classes if they have enough students.
Homeschool families can also benefit from a lower cost per student when they get a group together to book a class. For instance, this program could serve as your homeschool computer science curriculum. Possibly an option for a homeschool co-op group.
Geared toward students from 5th to 10th grade, this program does seem to have something for every student from beginner to more advanced. EJ certainly felt comfortable even though he had never attended an online class OR does any HTML coding before. His teacher Lynn was super helpful. He says she was better than great and that he is sure she is the best online teacher ever!
This program stands out from others due to its “live” classes. This allows kids to benefit from a real connection with their teacher plus have the support of real-time instruction. You can read about these benefits and more on their our program page.
Overall, EJ did enjoy his class but found things moved a little quickly for him (he likes to pause videos and rewind them a lot, he’s 11 and it’s just how his mind works right now) so he would have liked to have a recording of it to view again later. It is also somewhat pricey so for these reasons it may not be the best fit for our family right now but I can see how it would be terrific for many families (maybe even for us once he gets a little older.)
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