We may be in the midst of the winter season, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start thinking about summer vacation and planning out what your kids are going to do during that time. The earlier you make plans, the easier it is to get a sense of what your children may want to do during their free time.
And choosing something for them to do is more important than you might think. Summer learning loss is a real phenomenon that occurs to children who aren’t mentally engaged during the summer vacation period. The result is that many of them come back to school and perform poorly academically for about a month.
When you think about it, our brains are a lot like the muscles in our body. If you regularly work out but then suddenly stop for 3 months, your muscles are going to grow weaker and they won’t perform as well when you begin to exercise again.
Our brains are the same. When you “exercise” your brain by being mentally engaged, you develop good habits and retain information better. During the summer break, kids who aren’t engaged stop brain training and end up losing important knowledge due to lack of practice – their brains also simply become lazy and less receptive.
At Real Programming 4 Kids we value learning opportunities, especially for children who are in the process of developing important skills that they can use later in life. This is why we provide a quality classroom experience throughout the year where children between the ages of 7 and 18 can learn how to code.
We know that kids aren’t to be underestimated: they’re like sponges that soak up tons of information and most of all they are passionate about learning new things. Our coding classes for kids are designed to engage children at multiple levels:
- Develop computational thinking
- Practice problem-solving
- Learn simple and complex mathematics
- Build confidence
- Be creative and think outside the box
- Create relationships with fellow students and the instructor
- Explore new concepts, ask questions, experiment
- Develop skills for potential future careers
- Have fun!
We accomplish this by providing computer programming courses that revolve around video game development. Kids love playing video games, which is why we think it’s the perfect way to teach them how to code. Not only do they learn new skills in a practical, hands-on way (by coding their own games), but they also have fun in the process while seeing their creations come to life!
Summer Coding Camps
This is a coding camp not like traditional summer camps you usually consider for kids on summer vacation. Many parents sign their children up for sports, music, or even traditional adventure camps where they sing around a campfire, go canoeing, hiking, and do other outdoor activities.
While these traditional summer camps are great, they may not be suitable for every child. Some kids love computer technology and playing video games, and if they’re interested in this kind of thing, then why not fuel that passion further?
Learning how to code is a great skill to have. It opens up access to a number of career opportunities like software developer, app developer, video game developer, software engineer, web developer, and more. The tech sector is increasingly growing, and experts anticipate that code literacy will only continue to become more important.
This means that even if your child doesn’t end up in a career related to computer programming, that even having coding as a skill on their resume will be seen as an attractive quality. It will open up a whole world of opportunities for them and help them understand the world they live in better.
If we’ve convinced you to sign up for our summer coding classes, then take a moment to see our locations and find out if one is close to you. We offer classes in:
- Richmond Hill
- Kitchener Waterloo
Please visit our website to find out the address for each location.
We also offer FREE trial classes, so if you’re not sure that this is the right option for your child, you could always try it out risk-free. How it works is that if after trying out the first two classes you change your mind and wish to withdraw, a full refund will be provided if you cancel before the third class.
During the free trial class one of our instructors will walk you through the program and what to expect, and will also gauge your child’s level. Afterwards, they’ll send you a report and recommend which level your child should start at.
We offer Introductory, Beginner, Developing, Intermediate, Advanced, and Elite courses, so having this information could be really helpful when deciding where to start out.
Summer Program Details
Our summer coding camps start in late June and run until late August for one to two weeks, depending on the course chosen. They’re held weekdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm or 1:00pm to 4:00pm, but we also offer a full-day option for more advanced students.
Students who take part in our program get to become part of a video game design team that meets regularly to complete a project. Maximum class sizes are four students, and there is no minimum – meaning that even if your child is the only one in the class, it will still run.
We believe that small class sizes come with a number of benefits:
- Better student engagement
- Students feel like they’re part of a small, close-knit team
- More one-on-one time
- Instructors are better able to tailor the course to the students’ needs
- Students are more comfortable asking questions and engaging in discussion
- Instructors can easily identify problems and come up with tailored solutions
- More personalized experience
Our instructors are either undergrads or grads in a field related to computer science, engineering, or video game design. The candidates we look for are not only knowledgeable about the subject matter, but are also great teachers and love working with kids.
If you want to know more, then take a look at our frequently asked questions about kids programming classes on our website. Here we’ve compiled a list of questions that many parents have had over the years, so hopefully you’ll find the answer to the questions you have. If not, you can always contact us at any time either by phone at 1-877-307-3456 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Started Today
If you think your kids might be interested in learning how to code, then it’s not too early to get them signed up for one of our summer coding camps. Many children are able to graduate in a single summer and develop complex technical coding skills that they continue to explore even after classes have finished.
Some of our students have even gone on to develop their very own video games, and many also go on to explore careers related to software development or game development. If you browse through our testimonials section, you’ll see that many have come back to write that our classes have helped them with their careers and parents also appreciate how it has help their children succeed at school.
No matter where the future takes your child, we are confident that they will look back at their experience at Real Programming 4 Kids with fondness and appreciation. It’s a summer camp experience like no other, and one that they can return to school excited to talk about and share with their friends.