[Tutor] Teaching an 8-year-old programming.
alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Mon May 21 01:39:34 CEST 2012
On 20/05/12 21:07, boB Stepp wrote:
> This is, in a sense, a related question to the ones I just posted.
> While observing me studying programming, my son has become interested
> in learning how to program as well.
While its possible to write good code in QBASIC it's much easier to
learn a lot of bad habits.
Learning Python will be better. Python was largely born as a tool to
teach beginners to program while also usable in the real world. (There
are many excellent child friendly languages to teach programming to kids
but most are seriously limited beyond the basics - examples are Logo,
A good compromise is the excellent Turtle module in Python. It gives
instant graphical results, teaches how to apply sequences, loops and
branches and leads naturally into other programming challenges in Python.
>>> import turtle
and experiment... remember that >>> prompt thing? :-)
You can also try my tutorial, I have had one 10 year old and one 14 year
old complete it that I know of and it is/was used in a junior school
computing class for a while. And of course, the author is readily
Author of the Learn to Program web site
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