As technology continues to shape our futures, learning a computer programming language has become increasingly important for adults and kids alike.
Just as there are thousands of languages and dialects spoken globally, there are many different programming languages, each with its own unique rules and applications.
So what coding language should my child start learning first? – This is one of the most common questions we get from parents!
Our recommendation for kids who are beginners aged 8 to 11 is to learn Scratch first. Whether they love gaming, building, or being creative – Scratch will allow them to do all of these things and more.
WHAT IS SCRATCH? – EASY CODING FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
Scratch’s popularity stems from its simple drag-and-drop design. Instead of writing code, kids can learn how code works through creating, dragging, and dropping colourful command blocks.
This visual approach helps children grasp programming quickly, making simplified graphical programming tools such as Scratch perfect for beginners.
It’s a creative language, too: Scratch allows kids to create games easily, come up with interactive stories, animate characters, build apps, add music, voice-overs, and even sound effects.
Plus, kids can reference 2D games already in existence, such as Asteroids and Donkey Kong, which were all created using the Scratch program.
It is a fantastic coding language for beginners, and it doesn’t take long to get to grips with it. It’s one of the easiest programming languages for kids to learn. It’s so easy that even kids as young as 5-7 years old can start with Scratch Junior.
ABOUT CODING LANGUAGES
A coding language is a set of vocabulary and rules that instruct a computer or computing device to perform specific tasks. Unlike spoken languages, there aren’t any alphabets, but instead, each coding language uses special commands and abbreviations to operate and “communicate”.
WHY IS LEARNING TO CODE IMPORTANT FOR KIDS?
Learning to code enables kids’ to explore a whole new world where they can exercise their curiosity to learn a wide range of cognitive skills in logic, problem-solving and mathematics. It gives them knowledge and confidence to create – rather than consume – the technology around them.
In the past, parents wanted their children to become accountants, doctors, and lawyers. Today, you are just as likely to hear parents talking about their kids becoming software developers, computer scientists, and tech entrepreneurs.
Allowing kids to create video games and equipping them to program AI bots, coding is one of the most vital skills for young people in the 21st century.
Read more about the benefits of coding for kids here: 8 reasons why we believe kids should learn to code
IS YOUR CHILD READY TO START LEARNING HOW TO CODE?
For all the reasons above and more, Scratch is an innovative platform and coding language that brings creativity and easy learning to new coders of all ages. To get started, your child can create an account for free on the Scratch website. They can create a blank project and play around with different blocks to see what they can create! For some inspiration, they can also reference projects made by other Scratchers in the Scratch Community.
LEARN TO USE SCRATCH TO CODE WITH FIRE TECH
Enable your child’s creativity to blossom on one of these fantastic Junior Coding courses.
We understand that children will be at different stages of their coding journey, so we welcome kids as young as 8 to join these courses.
Whether your child is learning how to code for the first time, wanting to turn their video game passion into a perfected skill, or they want to create a mind-blowing project to get ahead in school, our expert tutors will be there to inspire and teach.
Watch this video to see how a PacMan game can be made using scratch! ↓
Not sure what course is right for your child? Get in touch with our team by calling 020 3950 7310 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get them buzzing and building code in no time!
About Fire Tech
Fire Tech empowers a global community of young tech creators, coders and leaders across the world. Since 2013, Fire Tech has helped over 70,000 young people aged 8-17 across the world to create and explore using the latest technologies. They have partnered with some of the biggest companies like Amazon, featured on the BBC, The Guardian and The Economist.