Does your 7-year-old have an interest in technology? Do they want to know how it all works? If so, you could have a 7-year-old who is interested in learning how to code.
Learning how to code at a young age can help set your child up for success. Coding jobs are constantly in demand, so teaching your child at a young age can help them to learn so much as they get older. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that computer and information technology jobs will grow 13% between now and 2030.
If your 7-year-old has shown an interest in coding, but you’re not sure how to get them started, we have some ideas for you as well as why coding is important for kids.
Teaching a 7-year-old How to Code
One of the best ways to teach a 7-year-old how to code is to introduce them to game design and development in online classes. Many kids play video games, so wanting to know how they work and how to create one is bound to spark interest.
At MakerKids, we offer beginner coding classes for 7-year-olds. Here, they learn:
- Character development
- Environment and level design
- Beta Testing
Kids are split up in into classes for 3-5 graders and kids in grades 6-8. This way, kids are with their peers and can learn from each other as well as learn from their mentors leading the class.
At-Home Apps and Programs
If you’re not sure if your 7-year-old will like online classes with other students, you can also explore apps and other programs that allow them to work independently. While a group setting brings so many benefits with it, some kids work better by themselves. The only issue with this type of class is that there may not be room to ask questions depending on how the app or program is set up.
With an online class situation, kids who are just learning have more opportunities to ask questions. This can help them become more engaged and less frustrated. If a child doesn’t understand something they are doing online by themselves, they may be less apt to continue because they don’t understand what is going on.
Benefits of Teaching a 7-year-old How to Code
Teaching your 7-year-old how to code can have many different benefits. Coding for kids can help children with:
- Internet Safety
When kids learn how to code, they are also building on their problem-solving skills. Many times, ideas may not work the first time around. This is why kids learn how to be resilient and solve problems.
They also learn how to be confident and believe in what they’re doing. This is a great skill to have as a child and throughout life. When kids believe in their projects they can get other people excited too.
As they become proud of their projects, they learn how to present them too. They learn how to explain their projects to others so that they understand them. This is another life skill that will help them as they get older.
Learning to code at a young age also gives your child a competitive edge. If they can grasp skills and improve them as they get older, they’ll have an advantage over their peers.
Coding for Kids at MakerKids
At MakerKids, we love to teach kids how to code. Our classes are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced. This allows for kids to work at their level.
Our online classes are the perfect kit because they can be done from anywhere. They also allow kids to get individual attention because all classes have a mentor-to-student ratio of 1:5 in a group setting. One-on-one classes are also available.
If you want to learn more about coding classes at MakerKids, call us at 1-844-MAKERKIDS to schedule a free trial class.