Most computer scientists, app developers, and systems engineers only know a few coding languages necessary in their fields of work. But the core principles of coding are transferable across many different languages and systems. The real benefit from learning how to code is to learn how to think logically.
Because programming concepts are easy to present in the form of games, you can teach basic coding for kids to children as young as five years old, according to the computer education and careers resource hub computerscience.org. Before they learn to read, children can learn basic coding concepts from block-based puzzles and sequencing. From ages five to seven, young learners can learn by dragging and dropping images.
Text-based coding activities available for older kids teach real programming languages in fun ways. Some activities lead to a finished product, such as a simple game they can play or animation they can watch. High school students who really take to coding can learn advanced languages like C++ and Java and develop professional quality programs, apps, and websites.
Coding education in schools has increased significantly in just the last few years. A 2021 study by the nonprofit Code.org found that 51% of public high schools in the U.S. offer foundational computer science and 39 states have adopted four or more policies to make computer science part of the education system.
There are numerous online coding classes, virtual coding camps, and websites that offer self-paced tutorials that online school students experienced with virtual school should be able to handle with ease. Are you teaching kids programming in your home school? You can. Here are three ways you can help teach your kids to code.