We all want our children to have the best possible chance in life. To this end, ensuring that they perform as well as they can academically is important, but outside of the classroom there are still numerous things that you and they can do which will help them a great deal in developing new skills and talents which will be useful to them as they begin looking for potential careers.
Coding is an example of one such skill. There are innumerable reasons to learn to code; it is a skill that will open the door to a multitude of potential career paths and job opportunities. The sooner kids learn to code, the more of the advantages they will be able to reap. In learning to code, kids aren’t just learning a skill that will help them to secure a job in the future, they are also learning a skill which can help them in their academic life.
Here are some of the most compelling reasons for you to encourage your child to learn how to code.
Improve Academic Performance
It has been shown that coding can help children to improve their abilities in a number of seemingly unrelated subject areas. For one thing, coding requires a reasonable amount of math and so learning to code is an excellent way of encouraging children to develop their math skills in a way that has lots of real world applications.
Learning to code will often help children to develop their confidence. This is probably in part due to the fact that they will be learning a skill that many of their peers do not possess. Coding also requires a large amount of problem solving and we know that encouraging children to complete such activities boosts their confidence.
Encouraging children to take on new coding projects and challenges with some regularity will ensure that they are constantly feeling challenged and feeling like they are progressing. If you have a child who enjoys coding, then you should encourage them to continue it right the way to the top!
Express Themselves Creatively
Coding is an excellent skill for encouraging children to express their creativity. Some people might not think of coding as being a creative exercise, but any programmer will tell you that creativity is certainly required.
It is important for children to have a creative outlet. Even as adults, far too many of us fail to appreciate the power that creative processes have to influence our mind and mood. Children who enjoy keeping a diary or journal may also enjoy blogging or devoting a website to their personal hobbies and interests. If your family is Jewish for example, then a website can offer your child a way to connect with their identity. See this page from calendarcraze.com for an example.
Encouraging your child to learn to code will benefit them in a number of different ways and is well worth looking into.