Teaching Kids to Code

The future of coding is set in stone. According to Forbes, coding will be even more relevant in 2025 than it is now. What is it about coding that makes it such an important skill to learn and demanded in so many industries?

Just like how English is the global business language, coding is the language of technology. As we approach the peak of artificial intelligence (AI), teaching kids to code becomes a crucial part of their education.

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Learning Coding Online

Since the world is struck with the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons in the traditional classroom can’t go on. However, the great thing about coding is that the teacher’s physical presence isn’t necessary.

As a parent, there is plenty of coding for kids courses online you can fully take advantage of. If you’re a teacher, this can be a useful extension for your classroom.

Common Programming Languages

To start writing code, your child will need to use at least one programming language. There are hundreds of programming languages out there, but the two most used ones are as follows:

    • Python: if the child is new to coding, Python is a great way to start as it reflects the human language very well. 
    • Java: Java is more suited for intermediates, as it does require your child to learn more programming vocabulary.

Benefits of Teaching Kids To Code

    • Develop problem-solving skills: With coding, your child will learn how to break one complex puzzle into smaller parts.
    • Build perseverance: Kids will fail time and time again, but they’ll quickly learn that if they stick with it long enough, the program they’re developing will become a success.
    • Expand creativity: Kids can design something on their own terms and see it come to life. When a program succeeds, it motivates them to try something new and this enhances their overall creativity.

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