What age should a child start learning coding and logic?

Steve Jobs, Former CEO/Founder, Apple

Everyone should learn to code, it teaches you how to think
Jean Piaget (1896-1980) was a Swiss psychologist and genetic epistemologist. He is known for his theory of cognitive development that looked at how children develop intellectually throughout the course of childhood.

Logic and reasoning is the foundation of math and science

Inductive reasoning is the basis for sciences - it is the process of extracting generalized conclusions from specific observations. Deductive reasoning is the basis for mathematics - it is the process of making conclusions based on previously known facts. Think about all the "prove that..., given... is true" questions in math. We always start from a known point to arrive at a conclusion that another equation is also true.

A mastery of logic is necessary for your child to excel academically in math and science.

Learning coding as a means of developing logic

The process of learning to code and solving problems through algorithms require an ability to breakdown problems, recognize patterns and form generalized solutions. The systematic approach to problem solving required by coding develops the logic and cognitive abilities of a child.

Coding is an especially interesting way to teach logic because of its feedback mechanism when paired with a teaching tool such as the Lego Mindstorms EV3. Platforms like these help to make concepts less abstract and enhances creativity in kids. Ultimately, sparking a child's interest in any field is the best way to encourage learning.

Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development: Children go through 4 distinct stages of intellectual development

  • The Sensori-motor Stage (<2 years old) Infants acquire knowledge through sensory experiences and manipulating objects. They also learn a great deal about language from the people with whom they interact.

  • The Pre-operational Stage (2 - 7 years old) Children begin to think symbolically and learn to use words and pictures to represent objects. While they are getting better with language and thinking, they still tend to think about things in very concrete terms.

  • The Concrete Operational Stage (7 - 11 years old) Their thinking becomes more logical and organized. Children at this age begin using inductive logic, or reasoning from specific information to a general principle.

  • The Formal Operational Stage (>12 years old) At this stage, the adolescent or young adult begins to think abstractly and reason about hypothetical problems.

5 - 7 Years old: Expose your child to coding and logical concepts early

At 5 - 7 years old, children are late within their Pre-operational Stage of cognitive development. We see an opportunity for early exposure here. Even though children may not fully appreciate concepts, they start recognizing patterns and quickly make sense of learned experiences once they reach mental maturity. Early exposure gives them a head-start as they begin their academic journey through primary school.

7 - 12 Years old: Essential for children to develop inductive and deductive reasoning to excel in academics

Children at this age start developing logical reasoning abilities . This is the ideal time to be teaching them logic as it provides various and different experiences that aid in cognitive development. The earlier they can grasp concepts and reason logically, the better they are able to master academic concepts in math and science over their peers.

Core Coding Logic Program

The Core Coding Logic Program is our flagship program consisting of 6 progressive levels. This program seeks to equip students with a comprehensive foundation in coding logic, while providing a conducive environment for students to hone crucial cognitive skills. The program is specifically designed give students a good foundation in coding logic and to get them started in self-exploration.

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