Over the past few years, coding for kids has risen in popularity and many parents have been enrolling their kids in different coding programs these days.
On top of that, apps, games, and software that teaches kids how to code are also growing in numbers. Nowadays, it is no longer surprising to see kids coding and creating their own games, projects, and many more.
So before you start your kids’ journey in coding, here are a few things that you should know about these learning programs and how your kid can get the most out of each class or lesson.
Utilize the available tools and software
The “Hello! World” method of learning is now archaic. Lots of educators and teachers now use tools and software to make the entire learning journey more fun and engaging.
Since coding is a long tedious process that requires a lot of trial and error, making use of software like Scratch, GameMaker, Roblox Studio, and others would make the learning process a lot more bearable and exciting.
Gone are the days when kids used to memorize lines of codes that they barely understand. Thanks to these new tools and software today, anyone, regardless of their age, can now create their own projects and learn the fundamentals of coding in a much easier, digestible, comprehensible way.
Let them create something interesting
To get the best out of these coding for kids programs, you should motivate your kids to do their assignments and projects. These projects are the building blocks of learning how to code because it is the only way for your kid to apply all the things that they learn from the class.
Examples of these fun projects are creating animations in Scratch, building their own mods in Minecraft, creating a real app on Roblox studio, and many more.
As we have mentioned earlier, coding requires a lot of trial and error. This means that the process can get repetitive and your kid might easily lose interest and quit learning. In order to prevent this, you should let them create their own projects and let them explore other fields on their own. This way, they would feel accomplished every time they finished a project and created something new.
Progress is the key
With the resources and tools available today, learning the basics and fundamentals of coding is like a walk in the park.
On that note, you should encourage your kids to take the leap and let them learn as well as explore different coding languages on their own. Because while software like Scratch teaches them the fundamentals of coding, text-based coding languages are still the ones used in the real world by professional coders.
That said, progressing from the basic learning materials to much more advanced courses is the key to getting the most out of these coding for kids’ programs. The biggest takeaway that your kid can ever get from these learning programs is when they finally learn a text-based coding language like Java, Python, C, and many more.
Take advantage of the online support
Many coding for kids programs come with 24/7 online support from professional coders and developers. This means that aside from the one-on-one class time, your kid can also reach out to their teachers or other coders for help.
Utilizing the online support tool is especially helpful when your kids are stuck in a problem or in need of help in their project. Since every problem is unique, having a professional coder to check on it would make the problem-solving part a lot easier. They can simply point out any mistakes or recommend a few solutions that would help your kid solve the problem.
As parents, we all know how difficult it is to answer our kids’ assignments about coding. So rather than scrape Google for an answer, why not simply let the professionals handle it and solve it. This way, you are certain that your kids are learning from experts and that the information they are receiving is always correct.
Besides, your kid can ask follow-up questions through this online support as well. So apart from finding a solution to their problem, they can even ask for a piece of advice on how they could make their project or game a lot better.
Collect, share, and publish their projects
There is no harm in sharing all the projects that your kids made throughout their learning journey.
Who knows? Maybe their project might inspire their friends and other kids to learn coding as well.
The most important thing is that your kid is able to acquire new skills such as coding and that you have proof that they in fact put in an effort to actually learn it.
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