Hello! I am Heather Harris, a Texas elementary school teacher now homeschooling my 3 children in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. I post my best sellers from Teachers Pay Teachers here on my blog, and also post articles about things I'm teaching my own kids, or subjects that interest teachers (homeschool or otherwise).
The tutorial is over 500 pages, divided into 11 chapters. Each chapter takes between 1 and 6 hours to complete, this would depend on the age of the child and the amount of prior programming knowledge. Our experience was closer to the middle of that range. The lessons come as a PDF or Microsoft document.
The purpose of these lessons is to teach your child how to build Small Basic applications. Your child will learn about program design, text window applications, and graphic window applications. There are also several computer programs listed to show the fun of learning and using Small Basic.
My son is 10.5 and he is interested in computers and anything "techie". He is right at the beginning target market for this tutorial, which is ages 10 and up. Honestly, I don't think I would use it with a child any younger than 10. The tutorial is self-paced which is great for a child just entering into the programming world. I would recommend spending short amounts of time each day rather than trying to do it only one day a week. I think I was more stumped on some of information than my son was! Just when I would think he was going to complain or be confused, he'd amaze me with his understanding. I was the one confused!
XP-SP2, Vista or Windows 7
No prior programming experience is necessary. It would be beneficial if your child does understand how to maintain files on the computer.
Single User License (instant download) is $59.95. The publisher is offering a reduced price of $34.95 until 7/4/13!