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Practicing Cursive

Practicing Cursive

Hooray!  We started summer science today and it went even better than I hoped.  I had kicked around a couple of different ideas for this year’s summer school, including an in-depth study of Da Vinci (one of my heroes) and going through our Curiosity Files from The Old Schoolhouse and just doing one or two a week.  I really wanted something that didn’t require a whole lot of planning on my part because planning for autumn is taking up so much of my time.  What I landed on is nothing short of Awesome!

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know Middle is obsessed with becoming a video game designer.  You also know I have been wondering how on earth I’m going to teach him to write code when I am about as code-knowledgeable as a stump.  I found the greatest deal for a program that teaches him coding, and I just have to share it with you.  The class is called Game: IT Junior from STEM Fuse, a site that offers several different IT classes for both home- and public schools.  This particular class is $1,499.00 on their website, but if you use the coupon code HOMESCHOOL, it’s only $50.

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Fifty. Dollars.  We decided we would all take the class for summer science.

It is an 18-week course that begins teaching what a game is and proceeds through the engineering design cycle, the physics of games, game engines, programming basics… on to truly programming their own games with Construct 2, an easily installed construct from which games can be created.  You can download the whole class and print it or install it on your tablets or do a mixture of both, like we did.  My Middle is so excited, I thought he might burst during class this morning.  And Littlest enjoyed it just as much.  Especially since their first assignment was to play some of the games they’ll be working with.

The best part about doing it for summer science is that we don’t have a full school day so instead of doing one lesson per day we can do 2 or 3 as time and interest allow.  Today we did the first two lessons and school felt so easy and fun.  Stress-free for everybody.  I’m loving it!

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It’s not just about video games.  Obviously, learning to write code has tons more applications.  Some of the other things that can be learned from this class are computer programming and graphic design, collaboration, creative and critical thinking, engineering, physics, and math concepts, and using digital research tools.  The awesome thing is that while the Junior class is geared toward middle-schoolers, there is also an elementary class and 3 different levels for high school.  And an app class for learning how to create apps.  Um… Can you say cool?

And, really, saving $1,450.00?  How could I resist?! I’m so happy to be able to provide Middle with this awesome class Right Now while his interest is so strong.  I think it will help him decide if he wants to continue on this career track.  If he does, I will definitely be looking into the higher levels at STEM Fuse.

Today, what I love most about homeschooling:  Getting to provide my Littles with their dreams while they’re having them.

Love wins,

KT

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KT Brison
    Jun 15, 2015 @ 19:01:56

    Yeah, I’m pretty grateful for it. 🙂 It’s truly awesome, too.

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  2. annamarieasha
    Jun 15, 2015 @ 18:32:56

    That was an awesome deal you found!!!!

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