While it has always been offering summer classes, Childlink Learning Center and High School Inc. now has something new included in its summer school. The newest offering is the Coding classes.
Childlink Summer Classes, which is open to all, include Reading classes for Nursery and Kindergarten as well as reinforcement classes intended for students who want to learn in advance different subjects.
Aside from these, the school has partnered with Algorithmics to have online classes for Junior and Senior Coding for the Summer Class, says Childlink founder and school directress Ms. Maria Theresa Tio.
According to Computer Science Degree Hub website, coding is basically the computer language used to develop apps, websites and software. For example, most popular technology such as Facebook, smartphones and browsers all run on code.
Ms. Tio explains that they decided to offer Coding classes so students can acquire technological skills. “This is the direction of the future. They (Algorithmics) will be teaching students on how to do game development and website making.”
She added that this training will beneficial for students since learning how to code will help them in their entrepreneurial endeavor. “This will teach students to become creative at an early age and in a well-directed manner.”
An article posted on the Getting Smart website noted that coding nurtures creativity, develops problem-solving skills and promotes learning by doing among children.
Ms. Tio then recalled that a girl who learned coding at an early age and went on to establish her own company. She was referring to 18-year-old Stanford University student Isabel Sieh, who learned coding at the age of 10.
Sieh then established the Girls Will Code, which aims to encourage young girls to become interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and co-founded, with her mother Ronna Reyes Sieh, The Coding School that offers classes to children, young adults and professionals in coding, data science, robotics and engineering.
The Junior and Senior Coding Camps, which will start on June 1, 2022, will offer two-hour classes for children from age 6 to 14. However, those who are older but does not have any basic coding knowledge could also join the Coding Camp, which are conducted online.
Ms. Tio also encourages parents to enroll their children in Childlink summer classes, which will start on June 6 until June 29. These classes can only accommodate limited number of students.
She explained that having their children attend classes will ensure continuity and helps prepare the child establish a routine for schooling.
“They will not be idle and their time will be channeled to positive activities,” Ms. Tio added.
The hour-long Reading Classes will help preschoolers transition and prepare them for the next grade level while the Reinforcement Classes also aims to help students who did not do well in the 2021-2022 school year.
Meanwhile, Childlink is now preparing for blended learning, a combination of face-to-face and online classes.
The Department of Education had disclosed that more than 10,000 schools have been approved to have limited face-to-face classes.
Ms. Tio said the school will conduct class simulation, which is part of the requirement for a school to be allowed to hold in-person classes.
If approved by DepEd, Childlink students will attend in-person classes on some days and online classes on other days, she added.
For information on the schedule of Childlink Summer Classes, they can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through telephone at 0933 812 2911.