Cruz at coding class
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How we got our kids started with coding

No one can argue that coding is a necessary skill not just for the future, but for today. It's basic literacy for the digital age. After seeing a Fisher Price coding toy for toddlers (seriously?), I knew it was worth a try to get my kids started with coding. Coding helps children improve their math and problem-solving skills, encourage creativity and strategic thinking, and can even teach resilience (debugging!). We can't talk about coding without mentioning Steve Jobs, who said, “Everyone should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”

Don't get me wrong, I don't have dreams of any of my children becoming the next Steve (or Bill, the -ahem – better coder). I just think that it's fun to learn and if along the way they create something cool or even remotely useful, then I think it would have been worth checking out.

Here are some of the ways we've been getting our kids to learn how to code:

1. code.org offers free online coding courses for kids. They make it fun with games and easy to follow instructions. Cruz and I spent a few hours playing a simple Star Wars themed coding game.

2. We got them the Coding Jam game on Osmo. They love playing this! It's basically coding with a tactile experience.

3. We recently enrolled them in weekly coding classes through mama.codes where they are learning to code using Scratch Jr on the iPad. At the end of each class, they present their project for the day. Last week it was a short animated video about witches.

Sinta at coding class

Cruz at coding class

Cruz at coding class

Sinta at coding class

Learning to code with our kids has been fun and surprisingly, really easy! Are your kids coding? How did you get them started?

 

In London:

MAMA.codes code club at Kensington
Dates: Saturday workshops – 90 mins
Time: 11am-12.30pm Saturdays, drop-off (unless you’d rather stay!)
Venue: Studio B, Kensington High Street
Ages: 3-8
Cost: £20 per session
Further info: No coding experience necessary, a tablet is helpful but not essential

Dates: Tuesdays after school – 45 mins
Time: 3.45pm-4.30pm, drop-off (unless you’d rather stay!)
Venue: Studio B, Kensington High Street
Ages: 3-8
Cost: £12 per session
Further info: No coding experience necessary, a tablet is helpful but not essential

 

Coding classes in Manila:

Jack
learncoding@jack.com.ph
Phone: (63) 977 841 0482
Landline: (02) 636 7499 loc. 887
facebook.com/JackSchoolPH

iCode Academy
info@icodeacademy.com.ph
+63.918.658.3150
Level 10-1 One Global Place, 5th Ave. & 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 1632

Young Coders
info@youngcoders.ph
0917.848.9252 / 02.633.7655
2nd Floor G-Square 212 Wilson St. Brgy. Greenhills San Juan City
facebook.com/YoungCodersPH

Wife and mom of 3 based in London. Born and raised in Manila. Blogging about motherhood and fitness.

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