Sue and I want to keep electronic screens away from Devina at least until she's a couple of years old -- this means no TV in our house, no iPad or iPhone for her to play with, or any other electronic gadgets. This might be surprising to hear considering how techie we are, but we see technology as a double-sided sword: It's incredible, but it also distracts from the things in life that really matter: Interacting with people, with nature, with our world around us. Showing love and learning to be loved by those who are important in our lives, and a list of other things, many of which we outlined in our Family Manifesto.
One of the first experiences we are hoping to teach Devina about technology is by way of computer programming. We want her to learn how to create with technology, vs. just being a consumer of it. So we plan on teaching Devina to code at a young age.
We don't yet know how (or exactly when) we're going to do that, but we've been starting to bookmark resources where others have done the same thing. I'm going to use this blog post as a place to put links to those resources, and to share this journey as we take it.
I'd also love to hear from other parents out there who are teaching their kids to code. I'd love to know things like:
- At what age did you get them started?
- How did you do it? What websites / programs / people did you leverage to help you?
- What was most successful? Least successful?
- For those of you who have already taught your kids to code: Are they showing an interest in doing it on their own?
- What else should we know? What else should we be asking?
Thanks in advance for any advice that anyone can provide on this! Looking forward to the experience.
The picture above is the kind of thing we want Devina to be spending her time on, vs being in front of a screen. Picture taken when she was just over 5 months old.