This past fall, I was playing softball on a particularly gross and dreary day. Not wanting to leave the comfort of the warm car equipped with heat, music and various tech devices, the kids pleaded with me to let them stay in the vehicle. With the car only steps away from the dugout, I obliged.
It wasn’t until months later while scrolling through my camera roll that I discovered a gem of a video that the biggest kid had recorded on what I pieced together as being from that dreary softball day.
Hi! I’m Nathan, and today I’m going to talk to you about baseball!
Most of the video was black as the biggest kid filmed the seat-back in front of him while narrating the rules of baseball along with a long winded account of how to play and what was taking place both in and outside of the car.
It looked like someone had been paying more attention than I had ever thought, watching me while filming various videos for my blog and YouTube channel.
Needless to say, I was thrilled that the biggest kid was showing real interest in tech, and not just for the possibility of him one day becoming my in house programmer, videographer, or web designer, but because this kid isn’t one to typically like or try new things.
You see, the biggest kid has had some challenges recently with anxiety and attention. He has a heightened fear of being “wrong”, loses focus quickly when challenged, and cowers at any form of criticism. Yet somehow, behind a screen it all goes away.
With a thirst for knowledge and a love of technology perhaps screen-time is just what this kid needs.
I was thrilled to learn that our school district would be offering a coding course for students over the summer in preparation for the new curriculum set to be implemented next year. Sadly, with only 20 spaces available at a select few school locations, the course filled up in a matter of minutes, leaving the big kid and I registrationless and disappointed.
That very same day, I learned about LevelUp Learning Centers and the robust variety of computer science and technology camps they offer for summer – and beyond. Intro to Programming, Minecraft Adventure, YouTube Camp, and a Coding Girls class are just a few of the options available across Canada for children between 8 – 15. Through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming, kids will learn crucial but real world skills like problem solving, logic and strategic thinking.
I can’t think of a better reason to get my kid behind a screen this summer!
If your child is interested in technology, I highly suggest you check out LevelUpKids.ca to find a summer course for your little techy.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with LevelUp Kids and Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation, but as always, all opinions are my own!