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Before we get too ahead of ourselves with a debate on Kids learning code, it’s only fair to check if we know 

What Coding really is?

Coding, also known as computer programming, is how we interact with computers. Code basically is a set of instructions we give for the computer to perform a certain set of tasks. Code tells a computer what actions to take, and writing code is like creating a set of instructions. You can use the power of code to – make websites and apps, process large amounts of data, automate boring repetitive tasks and do lots of other cool things.

Several lines of code (instructions) put together make a Program. Like we speak different dialects, our interactions with computers can also happen in different languages known as programming languages like – JavaScript, Java, C/C++, or Python.

Now that we are on the same page. Yes! Code as a skill is important. But at what age should kids learn to code?

To answer this question better, first, we need to break down & understand 

What makes one a good programmer?

Any code (& hence programs) runs on the foundations of Math & Physics. Only with mastery in these subjects, one can become a master in code.

The FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) wildfire

With most of the EdTech companies marketing (FOMO marketing to be precise) Coding as a necessary skill for kids as young as ones in Grade 2, most parents seem to have got the impression that coding is independent of foundational skills like Math & Physics. Most of these companies even go to the lengths of making false claims that kids can become Programmers in just a few months through their online courses.

 

Most EdTech companies only tend to teach a few jargons, use Drag-and-drop or Block-based Visual programming methods to teach programming. This however might give the kids & parents a false impression this is what coding is. They are only learning to use pre-written code. This may not be bad but Coding as such may be misunderstood by kids.

Also, when most apps built by these kids were surveyed, they either seemed to not exist, malfunction or be virtually unusable.

So, Coding is just a tool or rather a needle in the haystack, Coding alone does not make one ready to take on the world & become a teen programmer (which is a dream most parents are sold).

Since big dreams are up for grabs, it comes with a hefty price tag with fees starting at “Just” ₹6,000 for Beginner courses trending upwards of  ₹1 Lakh for Advanced courses.

 

NEP 2020 is often used as a bait while selling these courses. Even though NEP highlights Coding as an important skill to be taught at schools, it also reinforces the fact that kids up to 6th Grade need to concentrate on building foundation Math & Science skills before they are introduced to Coding.

 

So, it is impossible to have one set age to learn coding which works for all kids. One rule of thumb is, if they have the fundamental prerequisites figured out, they should just jump right into writing code.



So, does that mean coding is a fad & your kid should not learn it?

No, that is not what we are trying to say.

We shouldn’t force-fit coding as a skill into kids’ curriculum be it in school or at home (through online learning platforms), rather parents should focus on helping their children build core foundational skills & progressively introduce them to code (we mean real coding). All kids immaterial of the age should be introduced to interdisciplinary skills but complete autonomy of choosing to learn should be given to the kids themselves.


Related write-up: This power of autonomy is far higher if you choose to take your kids down an unconventional learning path, away from regular in-school learning

That’s where Kidvento.app comes in

At Kidvento we have thoughtfully designed our coding courses to address all shortcomings that existing solutions have,

✅We suggest an individualized learning track to ensure kids master foundational skills before they advance to skills like code.

✅ But we let kids steer the boat, they are full at liberty to try, test & pick their own learning path.

No fixed structure is the best structure.

Only bridges with some wiggle survive a storm.

✅ With one subscription we give kids access to courses on 1000s of skill-based courses to choose from.

It does not just stop at that, we have gone a step further, our pricing is sure to make you ask

“What’s the catch here?”

(Nahhhh! There isn’t any catch, we are just striving to make quality learning affordable)

All said and done, Coding may or may not be your thing but who doesn’t love some coding wisdom (aka puns) like this one

So, be awesome & happy learning