Here are five reasons why coding is important for young kids:
– Coding is another language.
Coding teaches kids the basic principles of languages and functions. It teaches kids how they can be combined to create meaning from seemingly unrelated elements, and how different shapes represent concepts like variables or data types. It’s a way that kids learn by doing as opposed to being told what to do.
– Coding fosters creativity.
Coding requires kids to builds on their imaginative capacities. It requires them to think about new ways of solving problems with limited resources in order to produce something (a program) out of nothing but imagination alone.
– Coding helps kids with math skills.
Coding requires kids to think about quantities and measurements in a way that verbal descriptions don’t. This is something that’s difficult for many young people, which is why it becomes easy for them to confuse words like “more” or “less.”
– Coding improves writing academic performance.
Kids who learn how to code do better than their peers when they write essays. This is because the process of coding has taught them how to organize and break down information into chunks based on logical patterns so as not to be overwhelmed by any task at hand.
– Coding helps kids become confident problem solvers.
Learning coding requires kids to solve problems all the time. The more experience they gain, the better problem solvers they become.