Why does my child need to learn how to code?

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Whether you’re a parent, educator or have a keen eye on the future of education, you’ll have heard many statistics about the future of jobs relating to STEM skills and skills of the future. One in particular, coming from Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future (IFTF) is that; 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not yet been invented. This is specifically related to the advancement of technology and how quickly new evolutionary technologies come about. 

These advancements of technology speak a global language which, over the last 5 years, has been recognised all over the world as a language children need to become fluent in, to ensure they are adapting to the new job opportunities of the future.

Coding is being taught in classrooms across the globe to children as young as 5-years old. As discussed above, the obvious output of this is giving future generations the skills they need to secure jobs in the future, however, beyond the obvious, coding offers plenty of additional skills and transferable benefits for children, helping them to develop socially and outside a computer-led environment.

Here are some of our favourites we want to highlight:

Decomposition

Complex problem solving is not something only a software developer or programme engineer has to deal with. It is an inevitability in life. The way we think towards breaking down a large problem into smaller, solvable, problems can be known as decomposition and is a vital part of personal development. Coding offers this as it works step-by-step building a solution towards achieving an end goal. This encourages a child to see a problem logically and work towards solving it in a goal-oriented manner, rather than unorganised approach.

Creativity

As discussed in our previous week’s blog, the power of play and encouragement of creativity has reportedly had tremendous effects on the developmental process of child’s brain structure, ultimately giving children benefits in life relating to social behaviours, concentration and remaining goal-orientated, despite potential distractions. The process of Coding encourages a creative mind, in most cases giving a user an open platform for self-expression; building, designing or developing whatever the imagination can bring to life.

Communication

As computer programming isn’t a human language, it might not be completely clear how learning this could possibly be a positive influence on a child’s communication skills. As mentioned above, the skills within learning how to Code helps with the process of logical thinking and the organisation of a users thoughts. This ultimately has a positive impact on the way we communicate with one another, breaking down our thoughts into simple actionable speech, which has proven to be very beneficial for children.

Understanding their personal way of learning

1+1=2 is correct. There is only one answer to this question. However, as many of us have learnt in our lives, sometimes there are many ways of finding an answer or solving a problem, each offering a personal preference of what works best for us. Coding offers an open platform empowering a user to reach their end-goal, however best works for them. Many will use experimentation, many will follow a logic rigorously, many will use the creative process to work out an answer; all of which have the ability to be ‘right’ and complete their task, regardless of the method in doing so.

Cross-curricular Benefits

STEM and STEAM skills, in particular, have helped highlight the ways in which Coding can benefit learning across many subjects, not just a typical example of an IT lesson. The benefits of Coding can be drawn from the process of thinking logically and creatively, as discussed earlier; allowing a child to solve problems more easily across all subjects. Examples of this can be seen with the incorporation of Mathematics within Coding that specifically offers great opportunities within this subject and, again as mentioned before, the advantages of a deeper development of communication skills can be articulated within Writing and Literacy lessons. 

We’ve gone through some great reasons why coding is important to learn for children. If you were wondering WHY your child should learn how to code, we hope these have given you a view of the benefits coding can have on your child! If you’re on the lookout for fun ways your child can learn how to code, check out our range of coding toys for kids 6 to 11 years old below.

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