Best Programming Language to Learn as Beginner? (Especially for Kids!)
25 Jun 2021
Unlike learning spoken languages that has great difference in grammar, pronunciation and cultural influence, programming languages follow similar key concepts such as variables, loops and conditionals. By mastering one programming languages, one can effortlessly pick up another programming language. The question that baffles beginners would be which one I should start learning? Here we compile some of the most widely used languages and why you should start learning programming with them.
Block-based Programming Language
Text-based programming language could be daunting for kids (age below 10) as they require strict syntax. Starting with text-based programming might lead them to lose their interest quickly as they would constantly encounter problems due to the language syntax. As the main objective is to teach kids to understand concepts of programming and problem solving, block-based programming would be a much suitable option. Scratch and Blockly are two widely popular block-based programming languages kids can learn.
Scratch – Kids can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations and share their creation to the world.
Blockly – Blockly is a visual programming language developed by Google. Most block-based programming platforms are built on top of Blockly, including Scratch! In our block-based coding program, we use MIT App Inventor – a mobile app development platform that allow kids to build their mobile app.