Coding is a very important need-to-have skill for children regardless of whatever career path they choose to take. In this age and time, and with advancement in technology and digitalization, it is a necessary literacy skill.
These days, the tech industry isn’t just the tech industry. Coding is a part of everything. It is the cornerstone of digital infrastructure, our global economic system and our well-being. It finds application in various fields spanning from agriculture to lifestyle to health care and so much more. Due to this, it becomes even more apparent and necessary for children to learn coding so they aren’t left behind in the world’s scheme of things. This knowledge helps children interact with the technology around them instead of passively consuming it.
It is the nature of children to explore by touch, smell, and by asking questions. They are curious beings. They learn by watching and repeating the action they watched; and thus, after a short introduction and some exploration, they can master basic coding skills.
Why should children learn to code?
- Coding is like gaining proficiency in a new language.
Multiplicity of language is vital tool for business success in a global world and coding is no less a linguistic asset than French or Spanish. Learning to code teaches the child a new and exciting way to communicate more directly with technology. As with learning any language, children should be exposed to coding at an early age. Coding teaches logical thinking and strengthens both written and verbal skills. Children who learn to code better understand how to organize their thoughts.
- Coding teaches children the concept of “Learning to learn”.
Margaret Meade said: “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Coding teaches children how to think! There is no single answer and often times there are many answers. Children learn how things work and make things that work as well.
- Coding helps children with math & logic
Learning to code can help children visualize abstract concepts. Through coding, children learn how to apply mathematics to real world issues and formulate creative solutions. Coding makes math more practical, appealing and fun!
- Coding teaches collaboration and empathy
Children get the opportunity to build projects together. The learn compromise, discussion and negotiating with others. They also learn user experience when they design a product for use by other people.
- Job security
The jobs of the future will require basic understanding of technology and software. Aside from being lucrative, jobs that require coding are both interesting and readily available. Tech isn’t a passing fad. It is the new norm of the future of work.
Many good programmers claim that they started coding by age 5 or 6. But the best time a child can start coding is when the child begins to show interest in it much like when a child who loves games thinks he can create his own games.