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March Break is fast approaching – the kids will be out of school and ready to play but I’ll still have work to do. Keeping them busy can be hard sometimes especially when all they want to do is go on the computer, play on my phone or just about any other electronic you can think of.
I’m okay with this, to a point – if they’re learning something, they can stay on it for as long as they want but if they just want to play on their game system for 4 hours or watch YouTube…it’s a hard NO.
Computer coding for kids
My oldest, Lucas has recently joined a coding club at school. He loves it and every time they’ve had a ‘club meeting’, it’s all he talks about. Apparently, him and his friends are going to make THE BEST video game when they’re 12-years-old. This would be alright, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s going to have zombies in it and he’s not even allowed to play zombie games until he’s at least 13.
Working on his coding is one of the rare instances that I do allow him on the computer for longer than usual. Computer coding can lead to jobs in Software Programming, as long as he doesn’t change his mind about what he wants to be when he grows up, this will come in handy.
Introducing Maker March from DK Canada
Thanks to DK Canada I’ve now got March Break covered; now he can have fun and learn and I will be guilt-free.
Developed in consultation with leading educational experts, Coding With Scratch Made Easy is designed for children ages 9-11 and packed with exercises and activities to teach computer coding using Scratch, a free coding program from MIT developed especially for children.
Computer coding is quickly becoming a necessary and sought-after skill. It is being incorporated into the curriculum to ensure students understand the languages and uses of computer coding. Quick and easy to use, especially for kids who have no experience with computer language, Scratch is currently one of the most popular and largest technology trends for children, providing a gateway to more complicated coding languages.
Perfect for budding computer whizzes ages 6-9 who are ready to move on from coding beginner projects in Scratch, this highly visual workbook is filled with challenges utilizing the free computer coding programming language.
Kids can make their own music, build more intricate computer games, and even use their webcam to be a part of their own projects. This workbook is filled with open-ended projects that use art, music, sound effects, and math and can be shared online with friends. Kids can even test their coding knowledge with written vocabulary and programming quizzes at the end of each challenge.
What will I be doing while the kids are coding?
I’ll be learning how to use my new camera to bring you even better photos of the delicious recipes we make post here.
Assuming no prior knowledge, this guide’s easy-to-follow, step-by-step layout makes it accessible as it takes you through every technique you need to create stunning images, from exposure to flash to image enhancement. Handy checklists provide a quick rundown of the equipment and camera settings for each technique, and at-a-glance comparison images show how camera settings can produce remarkably different results. Hundreds of inspirational images provide even more motivation to reach your goal.
Fully updated to reflect all the latest developments in technology and creative trends in digital image-making, The Beginner’s Photography Guide, 2nd Edition will empower you to achieve your full potential as a digital photographer.
How will you be spending your Spring Break?
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All 3 copies mentioned above from DK Canada. Giveaway open Canada only ends 3/29