The Coding Express is designed to help preschool teachers develop children’s understanding of cause and effect relationships, and early coding concepts, such as sequencing, looping, and conditional statements .
Using these lessons, you’ll support the children’s learning, helping them to practice early coding skills, like problem-solving, computational thinking, and using digital tools to design and express ideas . At the same time, they’ll be developing early literacy and language skills .
Make your train pause, stop, change direction, sound the horn, and more! Taking the familiarity of a train and combining it with the new action bricks, early learners will learn through play about sequencing, looping, conditional coding, and cause and effect by placing the new action bricks within the train’s track. Each action brick creates a specific action allowing for students to test and redesign ways to problem-solve and work together to get their train to its destination.
Lessons for Coding Express were developed based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the 21st Century Early Learning framework (P21) and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework guidelines and will enable young children to learn early coding skills while preparing them to thrive in the 21st century.
The free optional app combines physical play with digital intervention and is designed to enhance the experience. When you introduce the app, the 4 different themed activities change the way the action bricks behave, altering the effect on the train.
Curriculum – The solution includes a Teacher Guide build which contains 8 online lessons: 4 lessons use the physical set and 4 lessons use the digital app. The Teacher Guide also includes 8 short online video tutorials to help you make the most of the solution.The lessons have been developed using science, math and technology guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the 21st Century Early Learning framework (P21) and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.
Software and apps –A free optional app for iOS and Android devices is included and provides 4 themed activities: Journeys, Characters, Music and Math – creating a collaborative and interactive experience for your early learners.
KEY LEARNING VALUES
- Conditional coding
- Express ideas with digital elements
- Language & Literacy
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking