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Coding For Kids Blog By Codemoji!

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GIVE YOUR KID A HEAD START: HOW TO TEACH YOUR KIDS PROGRAMMING

Regardless of what seems to be your child’s potential career path, learning to code is a vital skill they need to stay ahead of the curve, especially in this technology-driven world. Programming teaches your kids critical analytical, problem-solving, creativity and communication skills. Besides the skills your children learn along the way, it can be very fun and is a good way to channel their energies.

Most accomplished geniuses began honing their skills at very young ages. When your kids are introduced to programming at a young age, it’s hard to imagine the awesome apps and tools they will develop when they are much older.

When teaching your kids programming, it’s imperative you make it as fun and exciting as possible because at say 7-10 years old, they are a bit too young to understand “if-then” statements. Excellent apps and games are available today to engage their curiosity and teach them the fundamentals through exploration and play. In other words, the best way to teach kids is through play.

Most schools have begun incorporating programming classes into their curriculum. However, as a concerned parent, you can’t leave everything at the hands of their teachers; you have to do your part.

Below are proven techniques, app, and methods recommended for parents to teach their kids to code:

• PROGRAMMING GAMES- Games are a good way to teach kids of all ages how to program and for very young children of 5-6, they are perfect. Games available to teach kids programming are centered more on animation and graphics than the actual code itself. Although a large number of these games are built for kids eight years and older, if your kid can read, understand cause and effect, and motivated, you can introduce these games even to pre-K learners.

Codemoji has games built to utilize emojis and tools which your kids are already familiar with to teach them programming.

• GRAPHICAL TOOLS- These tools are an upgrade from simple, single character manipulation apps. They are designed to teach programming through simple drag-and-drop interfaces with coding blocks. These graphical tools give your kids an opportunity to pull in code parts by manipulating more than one object so they can access newer events, variables, and commands to create games or animations.

• MORE ROBUST CODING TOOLS- Beyond these simple games and drag-and-drop styled tools, there are more apps which focus more on the code itself and visualizing their workings. Most of these tools are ideal for older kids and adults interested in learning to code in a bit less technical ways.

Codemoji makes coding as easy as texting. Its system eliminates pesky code syntax and typing hurdles and focuses on instinctive, relatable emoji that represent and function as standard in CSS and HTML code.

The MIT App Inventor is a modern coding tool which fits this category. If they are already familiar with drag-and-drop themed tools, this app is the perfect transition. Also, it includes a simple method, function and other coding elements you might use to create an android app.

Code Academy and Khan Academy are interactive online tools which are more suited for older kids (13 and above). They are one of the best ways for kids to learn to code as they can see the changes take effect on the split screen. Khan Academy’s coding environment utilizes JavaScript. Code Academy teaches JavaScript, Python, Ruby, PHP, web fundamentals and more.

BOOKS ON CODING FOR KIDS - There are books on programming written specifically for kids. Python is a good starting point for learning specific coding languages, and there are several books available to teach it. Other books are available which teach Minecraft Modding and Scratch programming.

SPECIAL CAMPS AND COURSES- There are special camps and courses on programming which are becoming quite popular. As a parent, all you need to do is to search for these camps and classes, a good place to start is in universities found around you. If however, you can’t find any around you, Khan Academy and Code.org organizes summer camps and courses on programming.

When choosing these programming schools, it’s better to choose those who seem a bit harder for your kids as it isn’t uncommon to find some schools overselling what they do.


WHY TEACH CODING EARLY?
When you teach your kids to code at a young age, they gain a deeper and complete understanding of the logic and ideas behind coding and programming. This thinking can be seen in some of the most successful names in the IT world, Jobs, Gates…and several others.

The future of our world is digital and providing your child with the rich foundation in these analytical, and problem-solving skills will be highly valuable for his or her success later in life.



The Age Of Technology:

The 21st century is the age of technology ---
we literally have the world at our fingertips. Over a billion websites have been launched on the Internet. The number of mobile phones now exceed the world population. It takes half a second to pull up a few million search results. There are no limits to what we can achieve with technology. Coding is no longer a mere asset for the workplace, it’s a skill as essential as reading or driving. Everything we do is computer-based. If you want to flourish and prosper in this new world, you want to be able to code. Besides, it’s like a virtual sandbox. There are endless possibilities for projects, for programs, for anything you could dream of creating. Coding takes your imagination to new heights. It makes you think. You won’t get it the first time, maybe not even the second time. But when you feel ready to throw your laptop out the window, that’s when you’ll get it. At Codemoji.com, we believe that everyone and anyone can learn to code. We also think that while coding is difficult, everyone should have the time of their life doing it. We know coding will open new doors -- it’s the language of the future. And if we want our kids prepared to take on the world, they need to start coding now. They need to start young. And it’s not just about coding: you learn “how to think,” as Steve Jobs put it. Coding is problem solving, it’s resilience building, and it makes money too. Quite a lot, actually. But let’s be honest: if kids have to learn something, they want to have fun while doing it. And we, as teachers and parents and mentors, want them excited. Well, we’re in luck. Emojis are the trendiest form of communication today, especially the really useless, virtually meaningless ones 💩. But who doesn’t love them? If we replace hard computer science syntax with cute symbols that kids already use --- doesn’t that make sense? They’ll find it understandable, relatable, and most importantly, fun. That’s Codemoji.com, right there. Kids love it. Teachers and parents get a program that’s interactive, easy to use, and even easier to implement; it lets your kid learn at their own pace, building them up bit by bit. So yes, instead of learning to speak seven foreign languages for those college apps, let’s code right now with Codemoji.com. It’s fast and easy and fun, and there’s never a better time to start :).