Are coding classes too early for a pre-schooler?

Jon Mattingly, Co-Founder & CEO of Kodable

I believe the long-term solution lies in educating students before middle school. Kids are free to use their imaginations and enjoy discovering new things with less resistance from their peers and the outside world. This is especially valuable for introducing coding to kids, because we can spark their interest before society has the opportunity to tell them that coding is nerdy or uncool.

Pre-schoolers attending coding class
Pre-schoolers attending coding class

Is it too early to start coding classes at Age 5? Here are 5 reasons why it is not.

1. Early exposure outside of academics

Many good programmers began programming as young as 5 or 6

Children are naturally inquisitive about everything they see. When provided with the opportunity to learn, wonders take place! Children's brains are able to naturally absorb information at a much faster rate compared to their older peers.

Academics are important, and it is difficult to allocate time outside of academics once the rigor of school starts. Thus, pre-school is the perfect time to start exposing your child to a wide range of activities. Exposing children to new concepts at a young age through fun and innovative activities capture their attention and spark curiosity. It ignites their love for learning and eagerness to acquire more skills and knowledge.

2. Mind Development and Stimulation

Stimulation for the brain is vital for an improved academic attainment, productivity and social functioning in adulthood

Coding and computer skills help to build core skill areas like visual and computational thinking. They help children focus, process, break down and analyze information in a logical manner. They stimulate the mind by engaging the child to think deeper and to approach challenges from multiple angles.

3. Healthy challenges

Introduce problem solving aspects to young kids

Coding classes with a good balance of STEM focus learning activities can pose healthy challenges that encourage pre-schoolers to expand their minds and stretch their creative abilities. Finding out why a code doesn’t work and debugging it stimulates a child’s intellectual growth and fosters persistence and perseverance. The systematic logical thinking process, problem solving is critical for a young child.

4. Explore their talents

Be a creator, not a consumer

Are your pre-schoolers already using tablets and phones? Your child could be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. We live in a world surrounded by technology. Coding teaches children to learn how things work internally. Coding empowers the child to create programs that they can call their very own, opening their minds to the vast world of possibilities.

5. New experiences

Enrich your child outside of regular academic classes

Coding classes are wonderful opportunities for children to build additional skills through small group learning experiences, where they can meet new friends who might not be in their regular classrooms. It allows them to learn to interact, communicate and build relationships with people in a new environment outside of their regular daily school. Coding classes provide the children with the opportunity explore the digital world that might not be provided in their preschool. It gives children the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality.


Junior Coders Series This course is designed specifically for students aged 5 to 6, exposing them to both coding and mathematics concepts simultaneously. Early exposure to these concepts improves analytical and critical thinking, which is crucial in excelling in school.

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