Brought to you by Sarah Rappaport, instructor at Create & Learn
The push to educate students in computer science has grown rapidly, and the benefit to learning a coding language early is huge. The question facing parents, however, is which language to choose? Here at Create & Learn, we aim to provide answers.
What’s Your Child’s Previous Learning Experience?
Which Learning Style Does Your Child Prefer?
Another factor to consider when choosing between these languages is your child’s preferred learning style. A big selling point of Scratch is that it is incredibly friendly for visual and kinesthetic learners. The blocks are color-coded and designed to move easily on the screen. A tricky Python concept like “nesting code,” for example, is more accessible in Scratch. If you child is less confident with coding concepts like logic and structure, he or she will benefit a great deal from Scratch’s colorful, fun approach.
No matter what language you choose, your child will get practice with major computer science fundamentals and skills, using both sides of their brains to build projects.
Why Does Your Child Want to Learn?
Learning computer science is most meaningful for students when motivated by its applications in the real world. Thus, it is smart to choose a first language that enables them pursue their interests and create projects they care about.
Does your child love the arts or storytelling? Scratch is a great choice, inspiring them to build games, animations, and other highly visual projects.
Is your child excited about data science or software development? Python is a great place to start. Python, and Python libraries are the gold standard for data analysis, and can be used for everything from creating graphs for a science project to developing advanced data models.
We hope this guide helps you better understand potential opportunities for your child’s coding future. No matter which of these languages you and your child ultimately choose, you can get started with a free introductory class at https://www.create-learn.us/.