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Children's Learning & Development

I am interested to let my child learn simple coding skills. What will be a good age for him to learn this?

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By Jonathan Chan

Founder of Jules Ventures

Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Washington University

Over 28 years of banking experience in the technology, media and telecommunications industry

It may be more useful for your child to first learn about Computational Thinking (CT) before delving into the details of coding. Computational Thinking builds the foundations of coding, making it easier for your child to understand vital coding concepts such as sequence and patterns.

Learn CT as Young as Four Years Old

Through a step-by-step approach comprising of both online and offline activities, children will learn to slowly adapt to the digital screens. Children can be exposed to Computational Thinking from as young as four years old.

Consistency is the Key

Children will learn practical skills while developing a deeper appreciation of technology. A good Computational Thinking Curriculum is one that provides a structured framework that educators can use to teach over a term. Consistency is key, as such, CT classes need to be conducted at least once a week to gain maximum benefit.

Once enabled with a good understanding of CT, your child can learn coding with ease.

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