I've had a lot of success using the How to Design Programs textbook
(http://www.htdp.org/), which uses a series of Scheme-based languages
explicitly designed for beginners. The TeachScheme, ReachJava!
(http://www.teach-scheme.org/) curriculum uses this book in a
two-semester sequence where students learn programming in the first
semester with HtDP and these Scheme-derived languages, then transition
to Java and objects in the second semester.

I'm happy to provide additional help getting you running in this
curriculum if you'd like.

Jay McCarthy

Jay McCarthy <j...@cs.byu.edu>
Assistant Professor / Brigham Young University

"The glory of God is Intelligence" - D&C 93

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