Tiny Tech: A Pre-Coding Primer for Preschoolers

Katie Clausen

Abstract


I grew up in an artistic family—creativity is in our DNA. As a child, I did everything from ballet to theater to writing camp.

Did I do computer science as a preschooler? No.

Did I learn how to code? Surely not—it was the ’80s!

However, after studying early childhood education and developmental psychology, I’ve learned this—coding isn’t far from my art background. In fact, coding itself is creative and engages both sides of our brain. In fact, that National Association for the Education of Young Children states, “Early coding, or precoding, offers children experiences that integrate communication, thinking, and problem solving. These are twenty-first-century skills that are valuable for children’s future success in our digital world.”


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/cal.17.4.19

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