I had my first coding lesson in Kindergarten in the early 90s. My first coding teacher didn’t have a degree in computer science. In fact, she didn’t know much more than I did. She was my mom, and she taught herself while she taught me.
We had a book. I think it was this one:
We wrote our first programs on our first home computer. One of these:
I remember learning about loops and if-statments. I made text-based adventure games and animations. It’s all the same stuff that I teach kids today.
It’s safe to say I wouldn’t have a Ph.D. in computer science today if it weren’t for those early lessons. And this brings me to my main point:
Getting involved in your child’s coding education is the single most important thing you can do if you want to encourage your child’s interest in coding.