Steve Jobs once said “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” It’s true. Programming is a highly useful skill for every child to learn. It teaches vital problem-solving, creativity, and communication skills. However, for young children , writing lines of code can be a boring task. Here are some advises for getting kids interest in programming.
First of all, parents should speak about computer programming to children. User computer term such as software and hardware in every conversations. This allow the children to know about the term and to learn at their own pace before being exposed to actual programming.
Parents need to find a computer programming application that is designed for children to make learning enjoyable for children. Give them plenty of time to explore the application’s menu and function buttons without hurry them along.
Parent should discuss the application and have children relate to each other about their experiences with using the application. Talking to each other helps children feel less boring by the newness of computer programming in their lives. Children also need parents to join up and write their own programs and to show them some team works.
Parent should encourage children to play more creative games like Minecraft. It’s a wildly popular game among elementary and middle schoolers. The game allows players to build constructions of textured cubes in a 3D world.
Sometimes, parents need to relate stories about how programming has helped people in daily life or make someone’s job easier. Talk about the history of programming as it helped computers to guide spacecraft to the moon and explore the universe.
Here’s another example of kids getting interest in programming.