Teaching python (programming) to children

Jeff Sandys sandysj at juno.com
Tue Nov 6 19:11:03 CET 2001


Sheila King wrote:
> 
> I think that 8 year olds could easily do some simple programming.

This seems to be about the right age to get started in my experience. 
While some 2nd graders (about age 7) will get Logo others will 
become frustrated, in a large class there are just to many breakdowns 
for one teacher to manage.  By third grade their spelling and reasoning 
abilities are reasonably mature for beginning programming.  It is 
also useful to put the students in pairs so that they help and 
learn from each other, then the teacher can manage the large group.

Thanks,
Jeff Sandys



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