Coding And Programming for Kids
A few years ago, I was introduced to STEM education for children by my wonderful friend and since then, I have never looked back.
Today, I am going to share a little something with you for my dear friends – the children between 6- 10 years.
Can we introduce them to programming?
What is it any way? Programming is a creative and mind intriguing activity that any child can engage in. You know we love to play and discover stuff by ourselves. I mean we the children 🙂 do not get twisted 🙂
Never mind, because that kid may not even care about writing data processing stuff. I have trouble pronouncing the term –algorithms. Yes they will not mind about writing data processing algorithms like the older children and adults but they will enjoy creating their imagination inspired from the environment they live in or stuff they fantasize about like games, music, or even just playing around with tutorial codes.
I commend my friend Allen Magyezi for teaching my 7year old child programming. If you have a friend that knows and loves programing hold unto them to teach the (your) young ones. If you don’t know how to code like how I used to be, it is okay you can still learn and teach your child kindly follow this link that helped me a great deal. Automate the Boring Stuff with Python. It is by the way free (picked from google months ago)
I am going to recommend one basic and free programs for the 6-14year olds. There you go;
Scratch is a block-based visual programming language with a website that is targeted primarily at children. I would recommend children from 6years and above. However you know your child’s ability. I would not wish to dictate. Children who are categorized as users on the site can create online projects using a block-like interface. Anyone can run it at https://scratch.mit.edu.
I am pretty sure your 6 -14 year olds will benefit from Scratch’s graphical interface.
Scratch has a drag-and-drop code blocks that make it easy for children to grasp. Pieces of code or codes that don’t rhyme won’t fit together therefore making syntax errors literally impossible. Doesn’t this sound interesting? You need to try it out real soon.
By the way friend, let that child that has not developed typing skills get going with scratch. You will thank me later.
What you should not forget.
- Do not be the type of parent to help your child do their activity. Give them room to figure out stuff. Just guide. I highly recommend that you keep your hands off the mouse and key board.
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