Homeschool Programming, Inc. has created a series of study materials to help kids and teens learn programming skills. They can learn about writing programs, games, and even Android apps. Their program is designed by homeschool parents who have degrees in computer science and electrical engineering but the materials are written so they are easy to use and understand.
Joshua was chosen to review TeenCoder C#. He worked with the Windows Program course with is designed to be used in one semester. He completed the course during our “summer term”. TeenCoder C# is designed to help high schoolers learn the basic of windows programming the first semester and they will learn about game development the second semester if you choose the full program. It doesn’t matter if the student is headed for a computer career or just interested in developing programming skills as a hobby these courses can provide valuable learning. Also, these courses can be used on a high school transcript. The Windows Programming class is designed to provide one semester’s worth of material and learning. The Windows Programming course teaches Microsoft’s latest language and knowledge of C# is essential for anyone interested in a career in software development.
Joshua really worked on this material pretty independently. I gave him the download links. He worked on it several times a week. As part of the program he read through the material provided and watched the lesson on the Instructional Video. The lessons started with basic information on the computer and computer systems which Joshua found very interesting. Since Joshua was the one to work through the material I sat down with him and interviewed him for this review. Getting a teenage boy to be verbal can be a challenge but I think we did alright.
Here’s what Joshua shared with me. “I opened the video lesson first and watched through it so that I would have a basic understanding of the lesson material. Next I would read through the information in the written lesson. Finally, I would complete the activities for each lesson. I really liked the way the lessons were presented because they have color as well as pictures and graphics as part of the lesson. The video lessons made it a very interesting way to learn the material. I think this is a great program and would be good for any kid my age.
We have been very busy this summer will all kinds of different activities and upsets but the design of this program allowed Joshua to work independently and to keep up with the material on his own. As he starts his high school years having Joshua take ownership of his schooling and working independently is one of our goals. Homeschool Programming’s TeenCoder C# really made this possible. He was excited to show off what he learned and seemed to really enjoy the class. This is another check in the plus column for TeenCoder. When looking over the written lessons I also was glad to see color and plenty of graphics to make the material interesting and engaging for students.
Overall, I’m very happy with TeenCoder and look forward to having Joshua complete more of the courses in the future.
The TeenCoder C# series is designed for students in grades 9-12. Windows Programming with the Instructions Videos sells for $90. To use the program without the videos it will cost you $75. You can also pick up just the videos for $20. Windows Programming can all be purchased as part of full year package with Game Programming. The courses alone sell for $130. Both courses with the videos sells for $155. The videos alone are $30.
Well that’s how TeenCoder worked for our family. Other members of the review crew also reviewed this product as well as other offerings from Homeschool Programming, Inc. Make sure you check out the graphic below to find all these other great reviews as well.