“Everyone should learn to code because it teaches you how to think.”

Steve Jobs, Apple founder

Now a days, you can find Computers/Mobiles in every aspect of kids’ lives, but most kids don’t understand how they work. Through coding, they can be exposed to building essential computer skills, gaining an understanding of logic and sequence, and most importantly appreciation of how it works.

So, lets go step by step:

Step 1

Before you teach kids a formal syntax based languages like Javascript, Java, Python, and C++ etc, teach them block-based code language. This will help your kid to understand logic and algorithm without having to worry about syntax.

Step 2

Once young kids learn block-based language, you can introduce them to programming languages like Python. Python is a backend programming language that’s great for beginners.

Python is a powerful, easy-to-read (English like syntax), high-level programming language. The commands and syntax in Python are relatively simple compared to some other programming languages. This makes Python for kids easy to get started, even with no experience coding.

Step 3

Don’t worry about step 3 right now, probably this article will be out-dated by that time. 🙂

Block-based Coding Platforms:

Scratch: ( https://scratch.mit.edu/ )

Scratch is a block-based coding language which enables children to drag-and-drop blocks of code to create characters and games. Scratch is a great coding platform for beginners.

Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16, but is used by people of all ages. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Now a days schools are introducing Scratch as language for their computer literacy classes for Kids.

Code.Org ( https://code.org/ )

Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups.

Sample Project: Making square in code.org by Vedant

Learn Python:

Online classes might be the most popular way for kids to learn Python these days, and kids can learn from the comfort of home and parents.

CodeAcademy.com

Learn Python is a comprehensive Python fundamentals course from Codecademy, a pioneer in online coding education with a very popular platform.

Tynker.com: Introduction to Python

Introduction to Python is geared toward kids 12 and older. Kids start by learning about coding fundamentals such as variables, loops, and if/then statements. From there, they progress to working with graphics and eventually to building games.

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