Hi everyone, my name is Amina! I am a software engineer and I make YouTube videos :)
Coding was a huge learning curve for me and there’s so much information out there. I recently put together a beginner friendly document with a breakdown of what my job looks like, what software and frameworks I use all attached with free and beginner friendly resources to get you started. The world is changing at a rapid pace and with the digital space evolving, a skill like coding is extremely useful. I put together this roadmap for parents and children to engage and interact with the fundamentals of programming in a fun, interactive way. You’ll be surprised at how much children pick up so please be patient with them and most importantly, have fun! All the resources I’ve attached are free.
Parents, I promise you coding is not as daunting as you think. I can totally understand the pressure of children a million questions when learning and given the current climate things can feel very overwhelming. I’ve created a table of resources that can help you get started with your child on their journey into programming and who knows… you might end up enjoying it more than you expected.
Parent friendly coding resources
Teaching your child how to code
7 coding tips for parents
9 tips for Moms learning to code
How to teach kids to code
Supporting your child with their coding
Why parents should encourage their children to learn to code
What is a computer?
A computer is a machine that is able to take information. When you do this, you are giving it an input. You can also do some work on or make changes to the information. This is called a process. When you create and return new information, it is called an output.
HTML is the skeleton of a webpage. You use it to draw where you want things to go on your page, a bit like when you have drawings in a colouring book.
CSS describes what the webpage will look like. For example, the colours you will use or which font to make the title. CSS is what makes the webpage look pretty.
Here is a good introduction of what you can do with coding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5bXW_gEJl8
Useful apps to install/practice coding with
Code.org - comes with a free parent guide!
CodeAKid - Has a free trial
CodeCombat - intermediate level and is geared more towards gaming
Khan Academy - Beginner friendly & has free courses in other subjects
Kodable - Compatible with iPad
CodeSpark Academy - available on Apple and Android
Tynker (personal favourite) - Compatible with iPad
LightBot - Beginner friendly & parent friendly
Daisy the Dinosaur
Nancy Drew codes and clues
Hopscotch (Amazing for kids from 3 years old - 11 years old)
Child friendly textbooks and articles
CSS facts for kids
What is HTML?
Child friendly coding YT channels
* Introduces the children to computers, coding, instructions, sequences and visual programming languages.
* What is coding & types of coding
* What is a computer?
* How do computers work?
* BBC series on what are computers & what coding is