Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and work with the technology around them. Having children learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future. Coding helps children with communication, creativity, math, writing, and confidence.
Recent research puts coding at the forefront of future careers. So, how do we learn and teach our children how to code, and why is this so important? More importantly, how young do we begin teaching our children?
Here are 5 reasons why coding is important for young minds:
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- Coding is another language.
Language teaches children how to communicate and teaches logical thinking. Language also strengthens both verbal and written skills. Children should be exposed to different languages at an early age. It helps them to understand the world around them better. Coding has a language on its own. Every letter in the Alphabet has a special formula of 0’s and 1’s that represent it. These 0’s and 1’s give the technology around us directions on how to perform. What better way for our children to understand why and how the technology around them operates than by learning to code and speaking to the technology around them.
- Coding fosters creativity.
By experimenting, children learn and strengthen their brains. Even when they make a mistake they learn. Children can be creative and creativity is encouraged. Creativity is part of the process and not always the product.
- Coding helps children with Math skills.
Coding helps children to be able to visualize abstract concepts, lets them apply math to real-world situations and makes math fun and creative.
- Coding improves writing academic performance.
Children who learn to code understand how to plan and organize thoughts. This can lead to better writing skills that can be built upon as coding skills develop over time.
- Coding helps children become confident problem solvers.
As they learn to code and give direction they learn that there is no one way to do something and that even if their way didn’t work. They can improve upon what they have already done without worrying about failing. Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and be able to work with and understand the technology around them.
Having children learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future. Coding helps children with communication, creativity, math, writing, and confidence.
Here are a few of the ways learning to code can benefit your kids in the future.
- Coding and programming careers have great earning potentials.
- Demand remains strong for coding-related jobs.
- Coding ability gives a new perspective to problem-solving.
- Learning to code offers career flexibility.