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5 Simple Programming Languages to Teach Your Kids

Published on September 2, 2022 | Posted in  

Most parents appreciate that computers and technology are essential tools nowadays. Humankind's dependence on computers is only expected to grow. Already, computer science applications like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Data Science, and more are shaping all types of vital technologies, from small devices in our pockets to the industries we purchase goods from to the airplanes we fly in.

Parents know that programming languages are the languages of the future. That's why they have their kids learn how to code online at schools like Real Programming 4 Kids. Not only does learning to code early help kids adapt to a technological world and prepare for modern jobs, but it can boost self-confidence, logical thinking, and project management. It can also improve problem solving skills in young people.

When parents ask us about five simple languages to teach kids, our answer isn’t the same as other schools. We don’t believe in drag-and-drop language programs such as Scratch, which may convey what coding is like, but have no real-world applications.

Instead, we teach kids Java, JavaScript, C#, C++, Unity, and more. We believe with the proper teaching methods and motivation, depending on a kid's aptitude, any programming language can be relatively simple to learn at a basic level.

#1 Python

Python is a popular high-level programming language with simple and easy-to-learn syntax. Professionals use Python to develop apps like YouTube, Google, Instagram, Netflix, Spotify, Dropbox, etc. Beginners can make simple games like Tic-Tac-Toe by text, basic apps, or a countdown calculator.

We believe that Python is simple enough for most kids to start learning at the age of seven.

Ruby is another popular general-purpose programming language for beginners. However, we prefer Python for kids because it's better for educational purposes.

Our beginner computer course at Real Programming 4 Kids features Processing Python Serpent Temple. The game features a treasure hunter looking for the ultimate lost treasure. This entry-level course is an exploratory introduction to coding modified to suit each student's pace.

#2 Java

Sun Microsystems developed and released the Java programming language in 1995. The general-purpose, class-based, object-oriented programming language has grown into a top-rated tool that powers all types of applications and websites.

One of the most popular video games for youngsters and adults alike, Minecraft, is also written in Java. That fact alone motivates kids to learn Java. The online sandbox gaming platform is popular because it allows kids to build, create, mine, and use their creative juices in many exciting ways.

Kids who learn Java can use their coding skills to modify Minecraft and create add-ons called “mods” in the gaming community. Developing mods allows kids to hone their skills further, make friends, learn how to work in groups, and beef up their future resumes. It’s not unheard of for software giants like Microsoft, Valve, and Epic to hire successful mod developers for full-time employment.

Another excellent reason for kids to learn Java is that it's versatile. Here are some things Java users can create:

  • Games
  • Chatbots
  • Mobile apps
  • Cloud apps
  • Web apps
  • Financial apps

Thanks to Java's speed, stability, and versatility, it's also an excellent language for working with Machine Learning. ML is a subset of AI that allows video streaming platforms like Netflix, food delivery apps like Uber, and car companies like Tesla, to make more intelligent predictions through data analysis.

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#3 JavaScript

Chances are that JavaScript affects your life right now as you browse the web. That's because JavaScript, in addition to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and HyperText Markup Language (HTML), is one of the fundamental technologies behind the World Wide Web.

Our courses feature JavaScript coding for kids for a few reasons. The first is that the high-level interpreted language is easy-to-learn and straightforward to understand. Some would even argue that JavaScript is more straightforward than Python, Ruby, and C++. It’s also an essential language for creating dynamic web pages.

#4 C++

Lots of students wonder if they should learn C++ or C# first. We suggest that learning C++ first will make C# easier to learn. In fact, some students find it easier to learn Java and Python after grasping C++. Professionals use this general-purpose programming language to create operating systems, games, and various apps. Powerful software like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Windows was all made with C++.

One of the world’s most popular and widely used gaming engines, the Unreal Engine, also requires you to learn C++ to make video games. Popular games that use the Unreal Engine include Fortnite, Gears of War, Batman Arkham City, and many more.

#5 C#

Some kids unfamiliar with C# call it “See Hashtag.” But C# is actually pronounced, "See Sharp."

C# can be familiar and more manageable for students who have worked with C++, Java, or JavaScript. The efficient and versatile language is excellent for developing web-based apps. It can also be used to create games.

In fact, the popular Unity gaming engine was created with C++ and C#.

The Unity engine allows developers to create games and simulations across platforms, from computers and consoles to mobile devices. Examples of games made in Unity include Animal Crossing, Pac-Man, Hollow Knight, Cities: Skylines, and Pokémon Unite.

Students of C# can work with Unity to develop interesting projects.

We Make Learning Simple

As mentioned above, we try to make learning simple. We make coding easier to learn with the following strategies:

  • We have a team of experienced and qualified young teachers. We find that students tend to connect more with younger teachers and feel more comfortable absorbing knowledge from them.
  • We don't use a one-size-fits-all teaching methodology. We realize that every student is different and try to work with students at their own pace.
  • Our small classroom sizes help students feel more comfortable asking questions and making mistakes. As any experienced programmer will tell you, you learn from your errors in coding.
  • Kids learn much faster when they're motivated. We leverage video games to teach kids in exciting ways. Students who play games like Fortnite or Minecraft often dream of creating their own mods or games.

If you're interested in teaching your kid programming languages, we recommend that they start with beginner-level Python and Java. With experience, they can move towards other coding classes. Try our free trial class to see if coding is right for your child.

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