Programming and Coding For Kids

While spending the holiday to Norfolk Island, Japan, or any other place (even at home), parents also find ways to teach their children new sets of skills while they’re on holiday break.

Computer and technology have gone a long way in altering the world and the lives of many people. Which is why different companies are prepared to offer individuals with excellent computer knowledge and tech skills compensations that are hard to say no to. Yet, there is a shortage of influx of tech workers as compared to its demand.

US Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that computer jobs such as coding and programming will reach 1.4 million by 2020, however, there will only be around 400,000 graduates in computer science nationwide. As an attempt to solve this gap, different programs were started as an initiative to teach children how to code.

9 out of 10 parents in the US would want their children to be taught computer science in school since this is becoming a basic skill with the continues rise and progress of technology. In public schools in the US, computer science isn’t required in the curriculum. So rather than waiting for a formal program on computer science to start a school, parents create their own ways on how to teach their children computer skills at home.

HOW TO GET YOUR CHILDREN TO LEARN HOW TO CODE

  • There are online tutorials and coding games that are designed to teach children how to code at an early age. One popular online tool is code.org which is best and suitable for kids ages 4 and up. Their tutorials are created around popular movies and characters such as Minecraft and Star Wars.
  • Another iPad game is the Scratch Jr that is based on Scratch language. It doesn’t necessitate reading so it’s best for children ages 5 to 7.
  • The Foos is also based on Scratch developed by MIT. The application gives children the opportunity to interact with the fun “Foo” characters. This app is best for children ages 5 and up.
  • Best for ages 3 to 8, the Robot Turtles is a board game that instills the basics of programming.
  • You can also teach coding to kids through Swift Playgrounds. Developed by Apple, this iPhone and iPad game is good for ages 6 and up.
  • To develop some basic software development skills without heavily involving coding, Inform 7 is great for children ages 9 and up.