Coding in kindergarten: too early or not?

Kinderland says no! Introduce your little one to coding – the ultimate 21st century skill that develops critical thinking and communication – with the STREAM program from Kinderland Academy and preschools!

Coding is an in-demand skill these days, and it’s not hard to find an enrichment center or summer camp that offers coding lessons for older kids. But is it better for kids to get a head start in coding earlier in life? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Kinderland Academy and Preschools, where toddlers ages 4-6 are exposed to coding lessons as part of their daily schedule. But unlike other coding courses, you won’t have to incur any additional fees, as the subject complements Kinderland’s existing STREAM curriculum – Science, Technology, Reading and Writing, Engineering Arts and Mathematics. Dr. Carol Loy, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, explains how Kinderland equips children with 21st century skills and coding awareness, so they can thrive in the digital age.

Why is coding now part of the curriculum?
Early exposure to coding helps preschool and kindergarten students develop computational thinking and reasoning skills that are essential for a technology-dependent future. Coding teaches children how to look at problems and approach them logically by allowing them to dissect problems into smaller parts and provide a sequence of instructions. Coding activities also help kids develop critical thinking, modeling ability, creativity, effective communication, and the confidence and skills to handle basic tech gadgets. Besides, we hope they will further nurture our children’s interest in innovation and awareness of the benefits of computing. These will help children solve problems and prepare for a world filled with digital technology.

Does my child need to know how to read and write code?
No, they don’t, as they will learn through game-based approaches to program a robot to navigate a maze or move around objects. Advocates say children can pick up new skills and knowledge quickly, especially through play – their first-hand experience through real-life application.

How does the school measure my child’s learning progress?
Kinderland uses several markers to measure a child’s progress, namely gadget awareness, programming, coding, play behaviors, and use of appropriate coding vocabulary. These are assessed each semester and shared with parents to understand their child’s progress. Your little one has plenty of room to innovate, so they can develop their creativity and potential.

Isn’t that too much screen time for kids?
Kinderland introduces children to coding concepts in line with the recommendation of the World Health Organization – children 1-5 years old should spend no more than one hour on digital devices per day. Kinderland also uses age-appropriate introductory programmable gadgets and apps such as Dash the Robot, ScratchJr, Beebot, Code-a-pillar, Code & Go Robot Mouse, and Smart Robot Albert to facilitate coding lessons. Students will learn to maneuver and navigate gadgets, and even gain confidence, while achieving expected results for their assigned challenges. Coding is part of Kinderland’s holistic curriculum, which includes plenty of outdoor play, physical movement, and opportunities to develop social skills.

Want to know more about how Kinderland encourages children to code, learn and grow? Sign up for a virtual center tour at one of their centers to get a better understanding!

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