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||Children's and Young Adult Programs/General
||Librarian's Instructional Role/Digital and New Literacies, K-12
Public and school librarians will learn to create programs that teach preschoolers—who often don't know how to read—computational thinking, coding concepts, and vocabulary through playful activities.
Coding clubs have quickly grown in popularity and are offered at many libraries. This practical book shows how the skills learned through coding are important for even the youngest library patrons. Computer literacy should—and can—be built along with traditional reading skills. Computational thinking and coding can promote development of motor and problem-solving skills, imagination, and perseverance in young children. Coding for Preschoolers teaches librarians how to create engaging, playful coding programs that appeal to children ages 3 to 5 years old.
Readers will find ready-to-use program plans that have been successfully used in a medium-sized public library. Additionally, readers will learn how to integrate both original activities, games such as Bird and Birdhouses, and online resources such as Lightbot to offer developmentally appropriate cognitive and social-emotional experiences. Through the programs, games, and activities shared in this book, even the youngest children will be able to create and learn by coding.
- Begins with a brief introduction to coding as a new form of literacy, defining concepts and vocabulary
- Offers practical how-to knowledge for creating successful coding programs
- Suggests resources to assist planners, including websites, educational games, toys, and activities
- Includes program plans that incorporate playful, developmentally appropriate activities