Here are some of the ways that learning to code is good for your child:
Coding Is a Fun Way to Practice Math
The conventional belief has always been that kids interested in programming should develop strong math skills. But it might actually be the other way around.
Coding Strengthens Writing Skills
Coding is a new creative medium that allows kids to combine their love of art and technology to tell interactive stories. When they learn to code and create digital storytelling projects, children acquire skills that improve their writing, and they have fun in the process.
Coding Develops Creativity
Today, research is showing that creativity is a skill that can be developed and learned at home and in our schools through the cultivation of three qualities:
- An experimenter’s mindset
- Whole brain thinking
- An innate desire to be a creator (not just a consumer)
Learning to code cultivates all three of these important qualities and helps kids grow creatively.
Coding Boosts Confidence
What is the benefit of creating with code? Do we want all of our kids to become programmers? Not necessarily. As parents, we want them to learn skills that might be important to their future success. We want our children to be confident, independent and resourceful problem-solvers. Coding lies at the intersection of STEM and creativity, so it’s a great way for kids to both express themselves and develop critical thinking skills, while also exploring a potential future career. For girls especially, who are underrepresented in STEM fields, coding may be a unique entry point to get them interested in STEM.
If your child isn’t coding yet, it’s not too late to get started!