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Re: When is it too soon to learn Perl?

by dooberwah (Pilgrim)
on Sep 25, 2001 at 03:02 UTC ( #114442=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to When is it too soon to learn Perl?

I think it really depends on how much your child can concentrate and how much you want to treat it as a formal education. I have a brother who's 10 and an exceptionally bright little dude. He asks me to teach him programming but whenever I try to teach him he soon grows bored. He also plays cello and has mastered it much more than programming. I think this is partially due to my parents making him practice every day for a set amount of time. If you make Alex practice his programming every day then you could probobly start teaching him around age 6 or 7 and he'd get great at and enjoy it a lot. Of course if he doesn't enjoy it you might not want to try to force him to do it at all.

I remember when I was around 5 or 6 my dad would teach me really basic math operations which I just loved. Every few evenings I'd ask him to teach me some math and he'd show me how to do some addition or subtraction, and then later multiplication and division. I thought this was the coolest thing ever because I was learning math which made me feal extremely proud and happy.

Alex might even ask you about programming. I know that I was always very interested in what my dad did at work and for play.

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