Need Rec: Book to teach about computers and BASIC at an eight year old level

Swift Griggs swiftgriggs at
Fri May 27 15:15:57 CDT 2016

On Fri, 27 May 2016, Jay West wrote:
> I suggest instead... "BASIC is great, but as soon as the kid grasps the 
> concepts, move him to assembly language ASAP."

I learned a language called "Logo" first. It was taught by volunteer 
instructors at a local community center. I was 7, and the minimum age was 
supposed to be 10, but they let me in anyway. I enjoyed it. It came with a 
few media functions that made programming more fun since it was pretty 
easy to make music or games. Plus it was a little less sphghettish than 
BASIC. There are tons of Logo interpreters and books for kids. I get the 
feeling it's geared exactly toward teaching children. Everyone loved the 

> I'm only 10% kidding lol

I learned ASM as a kid (I've never become that great at it, but I get by). 
As a child, I had so few people around who knew anything about computers, 
nobody was there to say "that's too hard". I had a book that came with a 
timex 1500 my mom got at a garage sale. I just picked it up and started 
doing examples.


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