Computer Programming for Kids: Teaching Tips

Instructor: Sharon Linde
You don't have to have ambitions to be the next Steve Jobs learn computer programming. In fact, it's so simple, even kids can learn. Read on for some tips on teaching kids to program.

What Is Computer Programming?

Computer programming is a sought after skill in today's job market. Many of today's secondary schools now recognize programming as a useful and necessary skill that should be taught prior to graduation. Parents and students are also getting caught up in the programming frenzy. Enrollment in programming classes and camps is the rise.

Computer programming is the process of writing a series of steps or commands to make a computer work in a specific way. Think of it like writing out a recipe. Without a recipe that explains what to do and when to do it, a cook wouldn't know when to chop or stir or heat the ingredients. Computers are just like cooks; you must specify what you want the computer to do and explain how it should be done to get the desired result.

When to Start Teaching Computer Programming

Many people think that computer programming is complicated, but it really isn't. Even young children can learn computer programming. Parents and teachers often ask when they can begin teaching children to program. The answer is - today!

Most kids are comfortable and confident around technology. To them, it's a natural part of their world. They're also quick learners and tend to try new things eagerly. Although there's certainly no rule of thumb concerning a good age to begin teaching computer programming to kids, a good rule of thumb is to consider reading readiness. Kids need a basic understanding of reading to be successful programmers. They also need to be able to follow a multi-step command.

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