My boys love computers, but my eldest is also keen on taking it further. He’s been working through the Khan Academy programming course. He gets stuck quite alot, so what we’ve started to do is work through the problems and activities together – also known as pair programming.
Last week we hooked his computer to the TV and we both took turns working through the problems. It meant we could easily see what was going on. I think it helped that I’m not a programmer myself and he could see the things I was trying out to solve the problems.
It’s good fun! The best part for me is the working together bit. I can really feel it strengthen our relationship – which is really what I was hoping for and expecting from unschooling in general, but I still feel like I need to be pinched when these connecting and special moments happen.