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Why Is Coding So Important to Children?

What Is Coding?
19 Feb 2016 – 11:28 AM EST

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If you're reading this, you're enjoying more than just this author's efforts. You're also enjoying the coding efforts of a programmer. Computer software, the apps we all use each day and even your phone are made possible because of coding. Maybe you already knew that and maybe you already knew that coding is a huge part of our world, but did you know that kids are beginning to code as early as Kindergarten?

What is Coding?

Coding is, simply put, telling a computer what you want it to do. Sure, there are far more sophisticated definitions ( ask the experts) but for the purpose of this article we only need to know that without coding we cannot advance technologies. A line of code may tell a robot to move forward, wave or even sing a little song.

Why Coding?

Coding is one of the fastest growing occupations out there. Coding or computer language is universal; therefore, a person with this skill could, in theory, work anywhere in the world. It stands to reason than, that coding is a crucial skill-base for students today should they wish to be competitive in the future job market.

Coding in the Schools

Schools are quickly jumping on the coding bandwagon and have integrated coding into their curriculum. Children as little as five are learning to code. Do you want to know the best part? Kids love coding. Like any language, they pick it up quickly and they absolutely adore it. Go ahead, let them give it a try. They'll likely surprise you.

Help With Coding

Here is a list of websites and toys that can introduce your kids to the wonderful world of coding:

Brilliant for information on Coding in the Classroom. will get the kids coding in no time.

Hopscotch and Daisy the Dinosaur are great choices for little ones.

The Meccano Meccanoid G15 Personal Robot Building Set is a great way to learn code.

CodeMonkey is an ideal way to get started.

Happy Coding!