The guinea pigs this time around are all boys. The next time around I will teach Piper and her group of girl friends.
Today was an MCAS day for my kids (Massachusetts's standardized testing at school). A little discussion of such tests lead to one of the conversations that my kids hate to have with me:
Anthony: "What does SAT stand for?"
Me: "SAT Aptitude Test."
Anthony: "Hm, but then what does SAT stand for?"
Me: "SAT Aptitude Test.... S.A.T. S - SAT, A - Aptitude, T - Test."
Anthony: "But why SAT?"
Me: "It tests your aptitude for taking the SAT."
Anthony: "I'm just going to look it up on the Internet."
(By the way, Anthony, it's true. Here it is on the Internet, right here.)
I am rethinking my little curriculum. We need a more gradual path that steps through very simple basics before jumping into more exciting things.
To let the kids program directly online I have posted a collaborative learning-to-program site at dabbler.org that is the simplest possible solution I could think of.