In the spirit of Valentines Day, I challenged the girls to make hearts using the binary alphabet similar to these. It was a concept they caught on to very quickly and needed little guidance. I'm told that Hindi, which many of them speak, is at its core a binary language so maybe that's in part why.
Using the ASCII binary alphabet, they chose three colors of beads: one for 0, one for 1, one for a space. Some did their name, some did the name of a friend, some did the word LOVE. This activity helps with foundational coding concepts and also improves fine motor skills.
Today I only had 3 girls which was perfect to practice offline coding using the Robot Turtles board game. It's made for young children, which I told them, but it really reinforces some foundational coding concepts that make it easier when we do more challenging coding online. They liked it, probably because I kept it fast-paced and we increased difficulty quickly by adding in new challenges. I liked that they became even more confident using basic commands and seeing immediate results from their program.
In Nepali, didi means older sister and is often used to describe one who works for you, one you respect, one who walks beside you on your journey. I work hard to bring teachers, parents, and students the best educational technology tools out there that educate, engage, and empower. Enjoy!