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The Most Important Kids Coding Languages For Your Bright Kids To Learn

There are so many kids coding languages used today, from HTML to Python to JavaScript. While you may have heard it’s important for kids to learn how to code, it can be overwhelming to figure out where they should start, especially if you are not familiar with coding. We all want to give our kids the best head start in life, but where’s the best place to start with kids coding languages? There are many different types of coding languages, and they were each created for entirely different purposes. Here is a closer look at the most important kids coding languages for your bright kids to learn.

Scratch

If your kids have ever played with puzzles or building blocks of any kind, you’re in luck - Scratch and Scratch Jr are excellent places to start learning how to code. Without having to write out code manually, Scratch allows kids to easily move blocks of code around in a sequential order to create programs. Because kids focus on block sequence and coding commands rather than manually writing code, Scratch gives kids an opportunity to see how powerful programming can be and how successful they can be at it, without feeling overloaded and overwhelmed with coding jargon. 

Perhaps one of the best parts about Scratch is that parents don’t need a working knowledge of coding, either. Scratch also offers a supportive community where kids and parents can collaborate together and share creative ideas for programming.

HTML

One of the best kids coding languages to start with is HTML. This language is used to create websites. If you have a child who loves to create and solve problems, HTML might be a great language to start with. 

HTML is the building blocks of websites. Because it is not a programming language like Java or JavaScript, HTML can be much easier to learn. You do not have to learn HTML in its entirety in order to build a simple, static website. With HTML, you can easily add, change, or delete any element of the website without “breaking” the entire page.

CSS

Once your child is familiar with HTML and has learned the basics of building a website, they can advance to the next level: CSS. Also called Cascading Style Sheets, CSS is responsible for easily establishing and changing the appearance of a website without having to manually change every single website page with a website redesign or a change in branding. It is a set of design rules for a website to follow. Rather than changing the design code on every webpage on a website (which can easily number in the hundreds for blogs and other content-heavy websites), design rules can be changed in one CSS document. 

Together, HTML and CSS are the building blocks for creating websites, and every website needs both to make it complete.

Kids as young as 8 years old can begin to learn HTML and CSS. Using the inspect tool on a Chrome browser is one effective way to learn and use HTML and CSS. Children can change one element, such as a color or a font size, without fear of “breaking” the website.

Kids as young as 8 years old can begin to learn HTML & CSS.

Java Script

If your child has a robust knowledge of HTML and CSS, perhaps they are ready to advance to another language: JavaScript. Consider JavaScript as the next step in their web developer journey. It is one of the most popular languages used today. 

While HTML and CSS are used to control the design of a website, JavaScript holds the data of a website. When actions occur on a website, JavaScript is the coding language responsible for the action. 

As an added bonus, kids can easily start in JavaScript with very basic coding, and get immediate feedback when they run the code. It is an ideal path to bigger projects, like mobile app development.

Java

Many of us can remember playing games as a child, whether it was board games at home, travel games in the car, or games we made up with our friends or siblings. 

Playing games has a tremendous value in a child’s life, as Fred Rogers once said:

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.

One of the easiest and best ways for children to learn anything is through playing games, and this can be applied to learning a new coding language like Java.

Java is one of the most widely used languages in the world, with companies like LinkedIn, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple utilizing this coding language. For intermediate students, Java is a great versatile coding language that can be learned and applied in kid-friendly ways, like Minecraft Java Edition.

No matter where you choose to start, your child will experience lifelong benefits from learning how to code at a young age. From problem-solving skills to entrepreneurship skills, learning to code can give a child the best head start in pursuing the career or passion of their dreams. It is an ideal way to help your child’s imagination come to life.

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About the Author:
Some people look at the sky and see stars; others see constellations. Some people look at lines of code and see a website; Julia saw a path to empower women in building their dreams. As a (former) military wife, self-taught web developer, and lover of location independence, Julia has taught over 2,400 women to say “YES” to any WordPress request, but not only that, “YES” to themselves, and “YES” to creating life on their own terms. Empowering women and seeing others succeed is the biggest motivator for Julia. And so, she created a program to teach others the skills that allowed her to take back control of her life and start living on her own terms.
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