Many parents who homeschool their children have adopted Tynker to help their kids learn to code. Why? Not only is it fun and easy for homeschoolers to learn on their own with Tynker, but Tynker easily integrates into individualized learning programs — and it supports so many different areas of learning.
Tynker is proud to announce that, based on our strengths and the support we’ve received from homeschoolers across the country, Calvert Education has selected Tynker to provide their homeschool families with a fun way to introduce programming into their kids’ curricula.
Current uses of Tynker made a compelling case for the Calvert Education team. The following examples demonstrate the kid-driven nature of the Tynker approach, and why it has become a leading choice for teaching programming to homeschool students.
Homeschoolers Use Tynker to Teach Coding and More
“Homeschooling is not about educating your child at home,” says Audrey, mother of Maddie Milne (age 7). “It is about tailoring my child’s education to her strengths.” When Maddie’s father, Duane, looked into adding computer programming to Maddie’s schedule, he did his research and landed on Tynker. “Tynker is an excellent way to introduce kids to ideas they will need if they want to progress to formal learning in a computer language. If that’s not their interest, it still tells them what’s behind the things they are interested in,” says Duane. Maddie has used Tynker to make a card for her grandmother’s wedding anniversary and is working on some more cards for friends. “I don’t think Maddie has quite figured out that Tynker is ‘learning’,” says Audrey. “She just enjoys the creativity of it.”
Raja McNeal is another homeschooler who uses Tynker to round out his homeschool academic program. After evaluating several learn-to-code options, his mother Rani landed on Tynker because of its structured approach — Tynker was built as lessons, meaning that Raja could learn independently and work at his own pace. Raja can sometimes immerse himself in Tynker. “Homeschooling gives kids the opportunity to pursue their passion, whatever that may be,” says Rani, who decided to include computer programming in Raja’s curriculum because “The younger children can learn a language, the better they are going to be at it, and the more prepared they are going to be for the world awaiting them.” Rani adds, “The basics are the basics, even if the language changes.”
Homeschooled students can use Tynker in so many ways. Once they complete Tynker’s initial coding lessons, lifetime access to Tynker’s Creativity Suite enables limitless project creation. Here are some of the ways that students can use Tynker across the curriculum.