Computer languages can seem difficult and intimidating, but they don’t have to be!
We have all heard the phrase, “too much too soon,” which certainly applies to learning how to code. When you first get introduced to coding, you are hit with a lot of terms and new theoretical concepts that can be really intimidating and make you want to throw in the towel.
Two other key things to consider before diving in:
After web browsers were created, they were lacking a way to make them more interactive, so web designers got to work and created a coding language that would accomplish just that. They designed a language that could do these functions:
Phase 1: In this phase, you are learning the syntax and the terms objects, arrays, functions, etc.
Phase 2: In this phase, you are now comfortable with the basics and will start learning methods provided by the DOM (Document Object Model). This will teach you how to build things from scratch. Practice building simple things and feel free to copy and paste code as long as you write your component from scratch afterward to understand how it all works.
Phase 3: You are now comfortable building things from scratch and anything DOM related; it may be messy, but at least you are doing it. It is now time to perfect your skill by using resources from more experienced coders. Build and rebuild your previous creations, clean it up, and make it perfect. You will now want to incorporate OOP (Object Oriented Programming) and FP (Functional Programming) and APIs (Application Programming Interface).
Now that you see the process, let’s talk about what happens if you get stuck. It’s actually a lot easier than you may think. Thankfully there are tons of courses, many with live teachers to answer your questions, online resources, youtube videos, and chat rooms. Do not be afraid to ask questions, or take a break if you get too frustrated. There’s a lot of help available to your child when they enroll in a live online program, so don’t worry, someone’s got your back if you just ask!
Tip 1: Scratch is a block-based visual program perfect for very young kids to get familiar with the coding language, terms, and the idea of using the codes to create. Kids quickly get the hang of it and can start sharing their creations with the online community.
Tip 3: Help your child visualize what they are doing by relating the concepts to things they are already familiar with.
Tip 4: This is a journey with no end in sight; there will always be more to learn and more challenging concepts, so let your child work at their own pace, pick fun projects, and take breaks.
Tip 5: Pick a fun project like building a drone, robot, or creating an interactive webpage. The more engaged and excited your child is, the more motivated they will be to learn how to code properly.
We hope your child will fall in love with creating something from nothing, having a skill that can benefit them for the rest of their life, and maybe even get their friends into it as well.
Coding does not have to be boring and hard, and we hope your child will be able to grasp the concepts quickly and get to have fun with it.
Get started with UCode today and explore all the different online coding classes for kids that we have to offer!