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As we look forward to the year ahead, our focus often shifts to the ways in which we can create a better life for ourselves and our families. Here's why coding classes should be at the top of your child's gift list this year to set them up for success in the next:
Coding teaches valuable life skills and instills confidence and self-esteem. Whether at school or activities, your children will often find themselves a part of a team. Coding creates opportunities for collaboration and encourages critical thinking and strong social skills. "De-bugging" is a key concept of coding which teaches children to see problems and challenges not as failures, but as opportunities to work with their instructors and classmates to come up with creative solutions and new ideas. By learning to code, your children will experience improvements both inside and outside the classroom in the coming year.
Additionally, coding is a valuable tool which allows your children to bring games, apps, and more straight from their imagination to their digital screen. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of accomplishment that results from a coder seeing a project through from conception to finished product.
"..after building a website or application – even a simple one – there is always a feeling of accomplishment. Even reaching a pivotal point on a project or overcoming a problem that has been taking several days to solve can bring on that feeling of achievement.
It’s all pretty empowering." - Freelance Web Designer Laurence Bradford, skillcrush.com
Learning to code is fun, exciting, and creative. If your child dreads attending math or science classes but loves art, writing, or music, coding is the perfect place to start. Coding integrates creativity and imagination with logic and reasoning. Kids who learn to code often come to find that they quite enjoy the more traditionally "left-brained" subjects, they just hadn't found an approach to those topics that resonated with them until they dove deep into computer science. Coding incorporates math and problem-solving skills in a way that is enjoyable and low-pressure compared to traditional school subjects. Mistakes are common and nothing to be afraid of- just more opportunities to learn and explore!
Start now to be prepared for the future. The demand already exists, and companies are actively looking for coders and programmers to fill the gaps.
"There's a huge effort around teaching kids to code, and much of that comes from software companies that realize there won't be enough CS graduates to fill their engineering jobs in the future....Whether or not you grow up to be a full-time programmer, you will be a better equipped human being if you understand the power and potential of programming." - Coder and Educator Pamela Fox,businessinsider.com
Regardless of what your child wants to be when they grow up, learning to code gives them a solid foundation for their future career. From social skills to an understanding of what it means to be a valuable member of a team, coding acquaints children early with strategies for being effective in their workplace down the line. Additionally, as the world becomes increasingly digital and technology continues to evolve, it is important that children start learning "the language of computers" at a young age, so they can better adapt to rapidly growing technology, which will inevitably be an integral part of their educations and careers.
Kick off the new year with a free coding class for your child at our interactive coding studio, and watch how your child grows and learns in 2018!