Introducing Python Programming to Kids
When we start teaching children a new programming language, the focus is always to teach them the basic tenets of programming and the aspects involved in programming. For example, the basics such as variables, data types, loops, conditionals, logical operators, boolean logic, arrays, strings, input and output. Children will first learn these concepts and apply them logically to various problems. They will build various games, solve mathematical problems, and work on subject-integrated exercises involving application of knowledge from multiple subjects. They will write programs involving building quizzes, building restaurant menus, small puzzles and games to apply the basic tenets of programming.
At our python coding course for kids, to make children (especially young children) engage actively and maintain a continued interest, we make them program a lot of games such as Alien Invasion, PyGame, Python Hunt, Quizzes, and Adventure Quest. While children code these games, they’ll learn a bunch of aspects of coding in Python and they will make a lot of errors, and in the process they’ll learn about debugging and fixing errors and warnings in their code in an iterative manner.
And, then we introduce them to the basics of object oriented programming like Classes, Objects, Inheritance and Encapsulation. Children tend to get really confused with the need for the concepts such as Classes and Objects, and we tend to spend a lot of time to really provide them the basics. For example, many children commonly ask this very beautiful intuitive question – why do we need classes, instead we can declare arrays and we will work with arrays to keep the data together. As a top quality online coding classes provider, we spend a lot of time with children around these concepts so that there is no confusion in the basics of classes, objects and methods as we move forward.
We then move onto the mathematical side of the world by introducing them to various algorithms – searching, sorting, trees, stacks, queues, divide and conquer, and tracing algorithms – and make the children code various programming questions using these concepts and tools at hand. This provides a strong foundation for the child to apply these concepts in any programming language in future.
We then graduate to introducing application programming interface (API) to children. We will first work with basic APIs like weather information API. We will then use the NASA Space Exploration Python API to run the children through the basics of API and how we can use NASA’s API to explore space even when we didn’t write that code. We will build a small search engine simulator in Python by accessing Google’s Search API from Python and simulate search results coming from our programs. These and a bunch of other exercises and common-life examples help children to grasp the understanding of API and its uses.
While we do the above, we are also parallelly helping the children on the basics of client-server programming and the common basics of internet architecture and DNS systems and basic computer networks. Again, children tend to imagine server and client in their own ways and we spend good time providing them the basics and removing any imaginary notions they have about server systems.
In our one on one online coding classes for kids, we provide individual development plans for each child and address each child based on their own interests and fears. Children can discuss what difficulties they’re going through and can effectively solve them via our online tutors. We help children in specific preparation for classwork and even in specific exams like certificate exams or to prepare for the school exams. During the duration of the entire course, kids will write more than hundred programs in classwork assignments alone. This builds a strong foundation in programming thinking, applied logical abilities, and algorithms.
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