Originating in India over 1500 years ago, chess was once a way to teach children in royal families to strategically plan, learn patience, become better generals in the battlefield. Since, chess has been adopted in every country in the world! We focus on the academic benefits chess has to contribute to academic performance. Chess often serves as a bridge, bringing together children of different ages, races and genders in an activity they can all enjoy. Chess also teaches children about sportsmanship - how to win graciously and not give up when encountering defeat. Chess provides a positive social outlet, a wholesome recreational activity that can be easily learned and enjoyed at any age.
Focus – Children are taught to observe carefully and concentrate on their next and upcoming move. This can be applied to homework tasks, and having the ability to focus and accomplish certain assignments.
Visualization – Children are prompted to imagine a sequence of actions before it happens. We actually strengthen the ability to visualize by training them to shift the pieces in their mind, first one, then several moves ahead.
Thinking Ahead – Children are taught to think first, then act. We teach them to ask themselves “If I do this, what might happen then, and how can I respond?” Over time, chess helps develop patience and thoughtfulness.
Analyzing Concretely – Children learn to evaluate the results of specific actions and sequences. Does this sequence help me or hurt me? Decisions are better when guided by logic, rather than impulse.
Thinking Abstractly – Children are taught to step back periodically from details and consider the bigger picture. They also learn to take patterns used in one context and apply them to different, but related situations.
Planning – Children are taught to develop longer range goals and take steps toward bringing them about. They are also taught of the need to reevaluate their plans as new developments change the situation.