What is the ideal age to teach your kids programming?

As early as the age of 2, kids can begin learning the basic concepts of coding. Coding for children is generally taught using content and delivery platforms that are high interest, semi-challenging, and require creative input. Learning to code activates very similar areas in the brain as learning a new language, and the earlier a child starts the easier it will become as they grow. 

Due to the challenging nature of coding, It is often difficult to motivate kids to return to a challenge after failing a challenge initially. This is why visual-based software such as Scratch and Blockley have been developed to aid kids in understanding the basics of programming. Software like this works by linking colored blocks of code to a function and rendering a result, informing the child of their grasp of the concept being illustrated. 

Such programs usually have a visually-appealing user interface, and are designed to keep a child’s interest. This software means that children with even the most basic level of comprehension can begin to use code in creative and constructive ways.

A child can potentially deliver industry standard software at any age. One success story  is Muhammad Hamza Shahzad, a British boy who competantly produces professional software at just 7 years old. There are numerous other cases where children of a very young ages have produced software that can be considered at an advanced level. Programming is a skill that benefits more than just those who seek to be professional programmers, coding offers children a tool realise their creative goals in later life.

Sources:

  1. https://opensource.com/life/15/6/6-tips-teaching-kids-code
  2. https://codakid.com/a-beginners-guide-to-teaching-kids-coding-even-when-you-dont-know-how-to-code/
  3. https://codakid.com/top-7-kids-coding-languages-of-2018/

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