Coding is an opportunity for kids to create, explore, and solve problems. Getting kids into coding as early as possible will help them in their growing years as coding involves both the left brain and right brain activity, which reaps a lot of benefits in the long run.
Coding is fundamentally nothing but creativity and problem-solving. These are traits that should be inculcated at a very young age in every kid. Yes, we do teach other subjects like Mathematics to achieve the same goal. But, no other subject has the power to inculcate creativity and problem-solving with immediate output better than coding.
J. Paul Gibson, a programming teacher, quoted in an article for Wired by Brendan I. Koerner, said that “Children aged from 5-11 have so much potential for learning about algorithms and computation that it would be a shame to wait until they are teenagers before we teach them the foundations.”
Children do not have to wait until they are teenagers to start to learn to code. As the world has seen more and more young app creators come into their own, it does not make sense to hold kids back by not teaching them the basics of computational thinking and coding as young as possible. No matter what age your child is, if he or she is not introduced to coding yet, then the right time to introduce them to coding is now. Therefore, all countries are teaching coding to kids across the globe, and it is deemed a mandatory course for kids across schools in the developed and developing world as part of STEM.
Here is a list of skills that children develop while learning to code:
1. To apply mathematics and logic to real-life problems
2. To learn to create things and to solve difficult problems
3. To persist, iterate and improve
4. Algorithmic thinking
5. Critical thinking
6. Attention to detail and debugging the problem to find a solution
7. Creativity and Expression
8. Iterative problem-solving
How to start your kid on coding – 1:1 or pre-recorded course?
At UnicMinds, we have the most comprehensive range of coding courses for kids starting from beginner to advanced levels.
Which course(s) to take?
Firstly, the younger kids will need to be introduced to drag-and-drop, block-based, UI-based coding first. The drag-and-drop interface teaches kids the principles of construction, flow, data types, variables, and thinking in a logical sequence to solve problems.
In the next phase of graduating to a higher level, begin with a strongly typed language like C++ which is more complex, and start the process of learning coding with low-level languages. Or advance more into the current course of Python and work on slightly more complex projects involving multiple ranges of data. This gives a complete idea to kids which in turn enables them to spin off into any level of coding with both low-level and high-level languages.
At UnicMinds, we have a tailor-made path for each student based on their stage of learning and learning type. We have courses that integrate hardware plus software, and computational mathematics and we even help children prepare for coding competitions and the coding olympiad.
Today, coding is as essential as Maths and English for kids. Therefore, let’s not doubt this revolution anymore and let our kids freely learn and be highly literate in the process of building stuff via software and hardware. Because there are not many things in this world that give a person as much happiness and satisfaction as building things that make something better, it allows the wonder in the kid to be nurtured and brought to reality. It will enable kids to learn much more about “how things work” and be a part of the design and development of building things from a young age.
Hope this is useful, thank you.