Curriculum 101: Computer Sciences

Curriculum101One of the biggest struggles homeschooling families battle is which curriculum is best for their children. We become overwhelmed by the amount of curriculum available, struggle to find the right fit for each of our children, proceed to doubt each choice made for at least the first several weeks, and continue to search for new ways of teaching well after we’ve already begun our year.

To this end, we thought we’d spend the month of September launching discussions on all things curriculum.

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In this day and age, computer sciences have become an essential part of any education. Student papers are completed using a word processor, sent to the professor via the ‘cloud’, and grades are given over cyberspace. But, as homeschoolers, how much do computer sciences play a part of our learning adventure?

While I would never recommend sitting in front of a monitor all day long, some form of computer science seems necessary; beneficial even. How much computer time is too much? What computer sciences should we be focusing on? These are questions each family must ask for themselves. We’re curious to hear how you incorporate computer science into your learning routine!

  • How often are your children on computers?
  • Do you set limits on computer usage?
  • Do your children have planned computer science challenges, or are they free to seek projects on their own?
  • Are your children required, or encouraged, to create PowerPoint/Keynote presentations in their learning routine?
  • Do your children express interest in learning coding?
  • Do your children have formal lessons in typing?

We’d love hear more about your own routine for computer sciences and learn what’s working for your family. We’re always looking for fun, new journeys to add to our learning adventure.

🔔Now, it’s your turn!! Share your thoughts on the above questions and let us hear from you. We’d love your feedback and appreciate those links you’ve been sharing!

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22 thoughts on “Curriculum 101: Computer Sciences

  1. I have definitely dropped the ball in this area. My girl is in front of a screen more than I would like. We WERE doing a typing class with her, but I can’t seem to find enough hours in the day to incorporate it this year. She is using some fingers incorrectly when she types and it drives me crazy! My husband does the same thing, though, and he’s had a successful career typing on the computer as a newspaper writer/editor for over 20 years. (I use that thought to console myself about my daughter. Lol) This free course is one of the best online typing programs I’ve ever seen: https://www.typingclub.com It gives you so much information about your typing skills, even down to the speed and accuracy for each individual finger you use.

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  2. How often are your children on computers? Do you set limits on computer usage? We limit all screen time for children under Jr. High age. We do school and life the old fashioned way. The kids are allowed some free screen time on the weekends, which they can choose between tv, computer, and video games. In Jr. High they begin using the computer daily – they read classic literature online, write all their papers either on Word or Google Docs, they do extensive research – as they begin competing in competitive debate.
    Do your children have planned computer science challenges, or are they free to seek projects on their own? Do your children express interest in learning coding?They are free to seek projects on their own – only one of my four who have graduated show an interest in computer technology. He built his own computer at the age of twelve, taught himself coding at thirteen and fourteen, and is the family and church one man “geek squad” – he fixes any computer problem for anyone who asks – which is a lot. The only formal class he took – by his own choice – was photoshop, because he also has a love of photography and wanted to edit his pictures.
    Are your children required, or encouraged, to create PowerPoint/Keynote presentations in their learning routine? All four of my kids who have graduated from high school have had the opportunity to use PowerPoint for varies presentations – though this did not occur until they were in high school.
    Do your children have formal lessons in typing? None of them do, but 3 of my 4 older ones type faster than I do.

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  3. Love this question, I use a computer course set up by Allinonehomeschool.com or aka Easy Peasey. I used to have them do typing everyday, I feel strongly in this world typing is a needed skill. My children love Photoshop and are learning by playing.
    Thanks for this post

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  4. Sadly, my kids became very addicted to computers quite young. It crept up on us in the ’90s. We really didn’t have a plan and didn’t know the hazards. Everyone then was saying that kids must learn as much as they can about computers. They read the Dummies programming books and Idiot guides and taught themselves many skills. They soon were programming in several languages at high levels and discovering other operating systems like Linux. While they learned a great deal, they became real couch potatoes throughout their teen years. They also learned to hack and other questionable behavior which I was unaware of and didn’t really know how to address when I did find out. They are both working on degrees at college in computing and I’m very proud of them. It is what they know best. But in retrospect, I would have planned and very carefully monitored their computer use and insisted on more team sports, cross country running, especially in teen years and boy scout camping weekends. Good male mentors are so important for young men growing up.

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  5. Computer Tech is a huge area for us. This year, though, we’ve implemented a 4 hour electronic downtime on weekends in order to encourage other areas of play and concentration. It’s worked well. We use PowerPoint, excel, Word for maths and creative writing, we also have a couple of graphics pens and pads to use for digital art. During the week we only use the P.C for research, online learning tools such as: mathletics.com, and studyladder.com.au. With a rule about not sourcing Wikipedia or Google search before looking up the encyclopaedia Brittanica web site or bookshelf resources. Sometimes we’ll boot up Skype for a video call with relatives and for some joint reading/research projects we use the kindle reader app. Our 3rd and 5th graders just finished 20000 Leagues under the sea, which combined vocab building, geography, history, maritime archaeology and marine biology. E.g: we’d do research online about narwhals, submarines, scuba, underwater volcanos etc. as we came across them in the book.

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