Should you expose your children to coding? For Mark Zuckerberg it looks like the answer is a resounding yes.
In a recent interview with The Times, Mark Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan mentioned that they has been exposing their youngest daughter to coding since she was 3. Coding has also been a regular part of her 2 daughter's bedtime routine. “sometimes they will read books together. Sometimes they’ll code together,” Chan said, explaining there were great, visual ways to teach kids how to code.
Zuckerberg also added that "I just want to say that teaching a kid to type is one of the greatest tests of patience I have ever experienced," he wrote. "August types at literally 1-2 words per minute. And when she gets a few letters into a word and then makes a mistake and accidentally presses delete three times instead of once and then has to retype the whole word, I feel like I'm just going to lose it."
Our own experience teaching younger children aged 6-7 to code
We can attest that a challenge in exposing younger children to coding concepts is learning how to use the keyboard and mouse! This is compounded with children interacting mostly with touch screens and an aspect that parents may not fully appreciate. We can only imagine what it must be like teaching a 3 year old child to code.
Learning to code as part of a daily routine also makes perfect sense to us. From experience, many parents look to expose their children to coding through holiday crash courses, where content is crammed into a short 2-5 day course. While holiday crash courses are beneficial, it near impossible for children to absorb and internalize logic in that timeframe. To actually learn to code, it is best to take a regular approach either weekly or ideally daily.
Lastly we like to add that keeping children engaged is crucial - how we expose children to coding is important. Early exposure to coding only works if we kindle the fascination and interest in coding in a child.
The Logic Coders is a coding school for kids aged 6-16 in Singapore
Locations: City Square Mall #06-05 / Parkway Centre #13-07
We offer term-time and holiday programs using the Lego EV3 Robotics platform and Python
Learn more at: https://www.thelogiccoders.com.sg/