4 Reasons Why You Should Introduce Your Children To Coding

Coding might be overlooked as a typically ‘nerdy’ thing to study, but there’s never been a better time to get involved with technology by teaching children how to truly understand computers.

Even though programming from an early age could help open doors to a career in professional software development later on, harnessing skills in IT could help children to yield so much more potential. 

In the following guide, we’ll cover four reasons why you should consider teaching your children to code. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, there’s always something new to learn with this all-encompassing, universal language.

  1. You can use collaborative resources

If you’re thinking about teaching your child how to code, some solutions can help to seamlessly combine the learning process and the opportunity to have fun. 

Resources like Lego Education sets can be used in the classroom but they’re also incredibly simple to set up at home – and therefore make a great activity for the whole family to get to grips with. This digital learning ecosystem focuses on STEM-based kits aimed to revolutionise the learning experience. Why not give it a go yourself?

  1. Coding boosts problem-solving skills

Understanding computers involves problem-solving, especially when it comes down to unpicking algorithms and programming languages. However, working towards a solution or end goal can be a satisfying process, and children are always likely to feel a sense of achievement afterwards.

In fact, many of the online activities and resources on educational sites such as BBC Bitesize feature primarily problem-based activities, prompting learners to use their initiative in a process of trial and error.

  1. You don’t have to be a mathematical genius

Don’t be convinced by age-old stereotypes that suggest coding is best suited to people with a mathematical mind. In fact, research from the University of Washington found that you might find it easier to learn a coding language if you have a natural ability for language learning

So, even if your child leans instinctively to novels over numbers, there’s no reason to assume that they might not enjoy learning how to code. Programming only takes confidence, persistence, and a strong problem-solving ability – and not complex maths skills.

  1. You’ll become more resilient

Allowing your children to challenge themselves to learn how to code could be a great opportunity to build perseverance and self-confidence. 

It’s easy to make mistakes during the early stages of understanding programming, but with the right encouragement, direction, and support, making mistakes could start to become part of the fun. 

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