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Online Code Mentoring Now, But Plan Ahead for Summer In-Person

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I hope everyone is settling in to their new routine. It can’t be easy for parents to be thrust into homeschooling without notice. Even harder when you’re trying to work from home at the same time! We’ll get through this, but are you surviving or thriving? Last week we discussed how to turn a negative

Stuck at Home for COVID-19 Social Distancing? Do More Coding!

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The term “social distancing” is certainly new to me, but we’d better all start getting used to it. The coronavirus has reached the United States and the short-term future is uncertain. What is known is that schools are starting to close and most after-school activities have been canceled. Unfortunately we’ll all be spending a lot

Welcome to Our New Kid Coders – From 8 Year-Olds in Scratch to High Schoolers in AP CS

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What a busy beginning to 2020, it is shaping up to be an incredible decade! The Breakout Mentors team started working with many new students, each with their own personalized learning experience. We don’t simply do the same thing with every kid. We take the time to understand their previous knowledge and goals, then craft

Coding in 2020 with the Newest Members of Breakout Mentors

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The start of a new decade! How does it feel? For some it is frightening: time slipping away. For others it is motivating: time to press forward with your goals. Like supporting your son or daughter’s interest in coding… It sure sounds futuristic though. Makes you realize our kids aren’t growing up in the same

Enjoy Hour of Code? Dive in with Weekly Coding in 2020

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Every year there is a wildly successful introduction to coding in schools across the world – Hour of Code! It just finished, did you son or daughter enjoy it? Think of it as a tiny spark. If you nurture that interest, it may grow bigger. If you ignore it, it may go out. Weekly Coding

The Wide Range of Kid Coders Starting with a New Mentor

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The school year is chugging along and Breakout Mentors has already paired dozens of kids with new coding mentors. For some students this is their very first time programming and others we have worked with for years. Our goal is to personalize the coding education for each student. Instead of set classes or tracks that

Solve Your Kids Coding Needs Once and For All

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Parenting today involves navigating a dizzying array of options. There are more kids products than ever before, more activity options than time in the day. The worst part: as soon as one decision is made, you’ll soon have to make it again. Let’s see how this works for coding – an important area without a

Come See Our Kids Coding Projects Sunday in Los Altos

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Hard to believe another school year is coming to a close! The Breakout Mentors students have made a ton of progress learning how to code and creating exciting projects. Every year we do a showcase event, similar to a science fair, that is a lot of fun. You are invited to our event this Sunday

The Top 3 Skills to Teach Your Kids in 2019

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The goal of education is to prepare children for life. However education doesn’t just happen in the classroom, parents can start at an early age! Teaching your children important life skills while they are young can have drastic impacts on their preparedness for the upcoming stages in their lives. We can’t teach them everything, but

Remembering Mischa

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It’s with a heavy heart that I share with the Breakout Mentors community the passing of Mischa Nee. Mischa was a junior at Stanford and involved in a hiking accident while studying abroad. Mischa was part of Breakout Mentors the last two years, including mentoring one boy the entire time, except for breaks to study