As an IB World School, Carrollwood Day School has a language-rich curriculum. We are all familiar with Language and Literature and World Languages like Spanish and French. IB learners are also fluent in the language of Mathematics and are learning the language of music. In addition to these classic languages, beginning in nursery, CDS students are becoming proficient in coding – the language of computers!
Our nursery students were introduced to coding during their Inquiry classes with Miss Jodi and Mrs. Boodoo. Miss Jodi integrated the introductory coding lesson into their current unit of inquiry, Signs and Symbols, by using a familiar picture book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The children then worked together as a team to discuss ways to retell the story and create clear directions to guide the robot through the story using signs and symbols. It was exciting to see how much the students enjoyed the coding sessions and how quickly they grasped some of the required skills such as sequencing, problem solving, critical thinking and collaborating. Their faces were priceless when they each received the opportunity to code our robot by giving it specific directions. Our little coders will be ready to go more in depth with the fundamentals of coding when they enter PreK.
Take a peek at the nursery classes as they meet Dash and are introduced to coding:
On Friday, May 18 the kindergarten classes came to the Bearss Avenue campus to work with the 6th graders for an afternoon of “Binary Buddies.” The kindergartners have been learning all about binary code and the 6th graders are coding in HTML and CSS.
The 6th graders helped the Kindergarteners make binary bracelets with their initials. When they finished they made site words. We hope that this is the first year of many that we will be doing something like this.
Kindergarten & 6th Grade "Binary Buddies"