Learning to code seems like an impossible endeavor, right? It’s a lot like—quite literally—learning an entirely new language!
Thus, asking kids to envision themselves with the ability to, say, build an app, is a difficult enough task in itself
We’ve all been there…a blank slate can be a very scary, overwhelming roadblock. “How am I ever going to get to a point where coding comes easy? When will I be able to use this new skill to complete a finished project?”
Statements like these have stopped many…before they even give themselves the chance to begin.
Think about it—first you have to plan, then you have to learn, then you have to be good enough to create. But before you learn, you have to decide what it is you’re going to learn, and you need to have a great understanding that the thing you’re learning is going to pay some sort of dividend when all is said and done.
There is no way around it. It’s quite the challenge.
But please, keep reading.
Any new task always seems impossible from the start, and is in fact impossible if you don’t take all of the necessary steps—and in the right order—beforehand.
This means that jumping in with two feet could actually lead to more frustration, and even lessen the chance of follow through/success, compared to starting small, taking your time, and achieving small victories along the way.
First, what is meant by “coding for kids”
Coding for kids refers to the collection of opportunities available for children to get involved in coding. As mentioned, while it might be difficult to imagine a young mind learning something so seemingly complex, it’s definitely an attainable reality. Thanks to the proliferation of many coding summer camps, programs, websites, and toys, coding can be fun and digestible.
On the most basic level, coding is how we communicate with computers, and what we use to build and run websites, apps, video games, and more. Learning to code is like learning how to speak and write in a particular language; a computer’s language. (More on that to come!)
Where do we even begin?
It’s an answer that can go a million different directions.
So, let’s start by focusing on moving one direction—forward. It doesn’t have to be a giant leap. In fact, per the above, it should really only be a small step for now.
The important thing is that with each move, your child experiences progress.