5 Ways Parents Can Introduce Their Kids to Coding

CODING – A GOOD CAREER OPTION?

Coding is fast gaining popularity with more parents wanting their kids to get into it, and why not? It’s a great career filled opportunities and good money. HTML, Java, CSS, etc., sound so complicated and to imagine that young minds that work with seems so absurd, right? But due to help from YouTube, coding camps, websites, it’s quite possible.

When your kid learns to code, he/ she is basically learning how to speak and write in a computer’s language. This language (code) will help them build websites, video games, applications, etc. A little complicated but very interesting.

INTRODUCING YOUR KIDS TO THE WORLD OF CODING

Here are some ways using which you can get your child interested in coding and experience the joy of programming.

  1. Explain Coding as Simply as You Can

Don’t we like to know what any course or business is about before we actually dip our fingers into it? In the same manner, your kids would also want to know about coding. Now, you’ll have to explain the world of coding is really simple terms so that they can get a gist of it. Remember to make it sound as fascinating as you can for the little mind.

You can tell them about how it’s like telling the computer what they’d want it to do, how they’d want it to done. Or something around the lines of them being the boss and their computer being the employee. Just things like this can help in catching their attention.

  1. Purchase Coding Games and Toys for Them

Every kid loves to play games or with toys. Here, half of your battle is already won. The games are designed in such a manner that kids, from just four- years old can understand and play them. There are different games and toys related to coding, for different age groups. Robot Turtles, Dash & Dots, etc. are great examples of such games.

In the world of video games, traditional board games and toys still haven’t lost their appeal, and in our case, are really effective in making a child interested in coding.

  1. Coding Books Should Find its Place on Their Study

There are such amazing books on coding available in the market right now that will leave you amazed! Appropriate for children above the age of seven, these books explain everything code in a very efficient and understandable manner. They contain information, little tests, tricks, etc., which can really help your child understand code better.

“Coding for kids should be introduced as young as possible. Not only does it teach skills that will be immediately relevant in tomorrow’s job market, it helps strengthen skills in a number of corollary areas such as math, reading, spelling, and problem-solving. Later on it will help kids develop skills in geometry, trigonometry, statistics, data analysis, physics, and more.” according to David Dodge, CEO of Codakid

  1. Bring in the Big Guns – Robots

There is a huge chance that the aforementioned steps might backfire. But you don’t need to lose hope. Kids find robots really interesting and often have a lot of questions about this ‘not-breathing-but-realistic’ device.

When your kids start asking about their functioning then you can relate it to code. This will surely make them listen. Best part? There are tiny, cheaper robots available in the market.

  1. Get Them an Inexpensive Computer for Them to Practice On

If your kid shows interest and wants to learn more about coding, then he’ll definitely want to practice it. You don’t need to splurge on a computer, you can opt for the inexpensive variety and install an operating system in it. They can teach themselves programming language on it, by watching videos/following steps on website blogs, etc.

Every parent wants the best for the child and there’s nothing wrong with trying to generate their interest in coding. That being said, if your child doesn’t develop interest then they shouldn’t be forced to do what they don’t want to. But, if they fall in love with it? Mission accomplished.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Win a McDonald’s McGold Card!

For years, rumors of the coveted McGold Card awarding free McDonald’s for life have circulated. They say it’s a symbol of McDonald’s superstar status, and that only the top VIPs can get their hands on one. It’s an untouchable luxury that’s been enshrouded in mystery for decades. Until now.

To celebrate the rollout of Mobile Order and Pay and putting more choice and control in the customers’ hands, McDonald’s is giving mobile customers the chance to win the ultimate in VIP status: the Mobile McGold Card, awarding them free McDonald’s for life.

HOW CUSTOMERS ENTER TO WIN:

Place a mobile order through the McDonald’s App starting today until August 24th! Customers can get one entry per day during that period. No minimum purchase required.

The winner will receive McDonald’s food for Life, equating to up to two meals per week for fifty (50) years, awarded as a $1,000 credit on winner’s McDonald’s App account and $35,400 cash, plus $15,600 to offset taxes on the prize, awarded as a check for $51,000. Winner will also receive a custom gold-plated “McGold Card” phone case.

That’s it! Just order through the app!

So go ahead and download it today on iTunes and Google Play!

WHEN IT IS ALL HAPPENING:

· Sweepstakes begins 8/10
· Sweepstakes runs from 8/10-8/24

The winner will be drawn at random, and notified within two days. See official rules at McDonalds.com/MobileMcGoldCard for more details.

What would you do with free McDonald’s for life? What would you order first? I know I would be ordering a tasty fresh all beef Quarter Pounder!

So how about it? Gonna give it a shot? Grab some lunch today using the mobile app and you’re automatically entered for the McGold Card. I would love it if one of my readers won. So what are you waiting for, order today!!

This post is sponsored by McDonald’s and St. Louis Dad.

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Back to School with Your Prep Expert

Millions of students are heading back to school over the next few weeks with many of them already thinking about their future and what college to apply to. Wondering if they can get a scholarship or even pass the ACT and/or the SAT with a good enough score to get them in to their school of choice.

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Be sure to check out PrepExpert.com today as well as their awesome episode on Shark Tank!

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The Future of Gaming Looks Like This!

Video gaming is one of the most developing industries in the world. More people than ever before are discovering and embracing the world of video games. There are so many things that are going to happen in the world of gaming over the next few years, and it’s an exciting time to be a gamer. The future of the gaming world is one that is difficult to predict, as we aren’t sure what technologies will have become dominant in the industry in the future.

Indeed, with things like virtual reality gaming and augmented reality gaming set to become mainstream, this could have a big bearing. However, in the more recent future, we can look at some of the ways the industry is evolving for the better. These are some of the things you need to keep in mind when it comes to looking at what the future of gaming holds.

Mobile

Mobile gaming is something that has picked up in a big way in the past 5 years. Ever since smartphones became more appealing and more widespread, mobile gaming has become more ubiquitous. This is going to grow even more in the future, and we certainly need to look out for the range of mobile games increasing in the future too.

Another Console War?

The console wars originally raged in the 1990s between Sega and Nintendo, and then later in the 2000s between Microsoft and Sony. It seems like we could well be heading toward another console war in the future. It seems like Microsoft is losing the current console war to Sony, but the release of the Xbox One Scorpio could really shake things up in the future.

A Way of Life

One thing that is certain is that gaming in the future will become much more a way of life. There are a lot of things you have to keep in mind that will help you to improve and enhance this and make gaming a part of your daily life. One of the best ways of achieving this will be to look into buying a gaming chair. Check out gaming chair reviews online so that you can pick the best one to suit your needs.

ESports

ESports have become big business over the past few years, and they seem as though they are going to become even more mainstream in the future. This is where gamers compete globally playing specific games and scooping cash prizes. The public can even pay to watch eSports events, and this is increasing in popularity as well. Watch this space because eSports are definitely going to play a big role in the future of the video game industry.

It’s clear that the future of the gaming industry will continue to evolve and grow, and this is important. There are a lot of changes that may have an impact on how we experience gaming, and the sorts of games we can play in the future. Consider what direction the world of gaming is going to take in the future, and this is something you need to assess and keep in mind going forward.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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