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Online camps teach kids to code and how to handle screen time when homeschooling

On March 23, 2020

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With schools closing this week in the wake of the coronavirus, parents are looking for unique solutions for homeschooling.

 

This is especially difficult for those who have to work from home.

 

If you’re looking for ways to keep up with your child’s schooling, but also need a few hours a day to work on your laptop or computer, then online coding classes could be for you.

 

Cypher, a leading coding school for children, has launched live online camps to keep children engaged and learning from home while providing support to parents and carers.

 

The camps will engage students with computational and creative thinking through animal planet-themed coding projects.

 

The animal planet framework also helps to teach them about conservation.

 

Online sessions are an hour and a half long and provide kids with stimulating activities to challenge them every day.

 

There are live teachers interacting with your kids through the session – so you’ll have the input of a professional to answer any questions and check progress

 

Some of the activities include touch typing, processing and creative coding.

 

If your child misses their friends, then they can sign up to the same class!

 

As coding is now a hot topic at schools, and many of our children may need to get to grips with it during their careers, Cypher’s online camp could be a great head start.

 

Plus, it will keep them happy – and quiet – for a set period each day.

Your son or daughter will get a confidence boost when they get their Certificate of Achievement and a gift after completing the course.

 

While coding school could be a great solution, lots of parents are worried about how much screen time their little ones will be having now that they’re home from school.

 

Elizabeth Tweedale, founder of Cypher, told the Daily Star: “It’s a great idea to make a daily schedule to create structure for the day and include various types of activities: such as specific learning objectives, creativity sessions, play time and very needed fresh air breaks.

 

“Naturally most parents will be using screens in order to teach and engage with their children.

 

“Some people see this as a negative, and something to be reduced, but we need to highlight that there are four different types, each with their own uses and benefits.”

 

She continued: “There is creative screen time, which is all about developing skills.

 

Then there’s communicative screen time, which can be using services like Facetime to keep in touch with grandparents and friends.”

Elizabeth added: “Active screen time includes playing games, browsing the web, developing skills and doing research and passive screen time, is when an allowance is set each day for relaxation and favourite programmes.

 

“For the latter, it’s good to be clear about limiting this and preferable to be watching together.”

 

Try to vary your child’s learning, where possible, to include some real life games or teaching.

 

This can include counting or maths games using toys, writing creative stories or reading, and active games.

 

Elizabeth said: “It’s important to set expectations for children about screen time: when they must request permission, why they are doing it and what they hope to achieve.

 

“Finally, ensure there is time for an outside activity - take the dog out, run in the park, dig in the garden or plant some seeds in a window box.”

 

We’re all doing our best to get by during a difficult time, so remember to be kind to yourself and communicate your limitations to employers if you’re having to home school.

 

You can find out more about Cypher Coder’s online coding camps at their website: www.cyphercoders.com

 

Classes are available from March 30 to April 17 including bank holidays and cost £195 for the week.

 

Who knows, maybe your child will be the next Steve Jobs!

 

 

 

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