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heavygunner

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is coding necessary for a 6 Yrs old kid ?
« on: July 08, 2020, 02:03:26 PM »
Hello !

My niece is 6 yrs old. she is studying 3rd standard in India.

Her school management sent an request to my sister and asked my niece to enroll Coding for Kids program which says they will make your kids to code apps and games for Appstores. Fee is around $600.

I told here not to enroll and coding is not necessary for her. I don't know abt education in Western countries. But, here their syllabus is heavy. Children's future is fully depending on their academic results. She is studying in English which is not our mother tongue too.

What do you think ? What is the best age to start learn coding ?

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Re: is coding necessary for a 6 Yrs old kid ?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2020, 03:36:20 PM »
Coding is not standard for 6 year olds in “Western” countries, but kids are encouraged to pick up skills if they’re interested in them. No idea on the situation in India. Being able to code certainly has benefits and can lead to a career, but isn’t it a bit early for a 6 year old?

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Re: is coding necessary for a 6 Yrs old kid ?
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2020, 08:52:30 PM »
I Taught 8 to 16 years old how to set up simple projects in unity. Explaining simples concepts is hard for most kids of that age group. I cant imagine with a 6 years old.

However, kids sure can surprise us, I had a couple of students that had great potential, easily understanding more complex concepts. All those courses weren't formal academic courses though, no grading and no stakes in their curriculum, just a fun activity.

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Re: is coding necessary for a 6 Yrs old kid ?
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2020, 01:25:14 AM »
I'm going to be cynical and say it sounds like the school is trying to up their revenue.

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Re: is coding necessary for a 6 Yrs old kid ?
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2020, 05:54:45 AM »
Hi.
There is not really an age on learning code.

Way more important is interest.
If your child is interested in how things work (in apps / games)
Then it might be a good idea.

If your child is interested in drawing, then it would be better to enroll to an art Program.

or if she loves to sing or play instruments, then musics school.

In short if your child is interested in something its a good thing to start early.

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Re: is coding necessary for a 6 Yrs old kid ?
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2020, 11:44:29 AM »
Search google for SCRATCH and SCRATCH Jr. Scatch Jr has a free app for ios, etc. It's from MIT for kids to 5 - 7 years old. Visual programming for kids.

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Re: is coding necessary for a 6 Yrs old kid ?
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2022, 11:49:50 AM »
I think that at the age of six, children should learn other things, such as colors, numbers, letters....