Encouraging learning

John’s post struck a chord with me. No, I’m not homeschooling my kids. But the photos of Roenne sitting at the MacBook with her over-sized headphones suddenly had me thinking about my daughter, Kiran.
She has suddenly discovered she likes programming. This from a child who told me on many occasions when I tried to get her and her brother interested in my Raspberry Pi that she had no interest at all in programming.
Now, she’s gushing about what’s she’s doing with HTML and JavaScript. I don’t know why she’s changed her mind, but I see her sitting at the iMac tapping and clicking away on code.org‘s web site.
Last night we had a conversation about Ruby, Python and Java and how these languages get their names. Her teacher says she talks about my Raspberry Pi and me all the time. I’m just glad she’s interested, and I want to encourage her. Hopefully, I won’t screw this up. For now, I will continue to engage her in conversations to find out what she likes about coding.