Online Chess

I was reading an article that quoted the following: “According to research, test scores improved by 17.3% for students regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.6% for children participating in other forms of enriched activities”.

My son plays chess for fun, but it’s not part of our homeschooling curriculum. A case can be made for chess to be taught in school. As many as 30 nations on earth, including Brazil, China, Venezuela, Italy, Israel, Russia and Greece teach chess as part of their scholastic curriculum. Students learning chess in these countries exhibit excellent complex pattern and as a result excel in math and science.

Chess is a game that can have beneficial effects on learning development, especially when it is played from a young age. Some of the benefits that chess can provide a child are:

-Develop analytical and decision-making skills, which they will need in real life.

-Develop competitive skills

-Utilize critical thinking skills, analyze actions and consequences, and visualize future possibilities

I will be incorporating this game of strategy into our lessons- I want to provide my son with the best advantages for his future.

My son has played online chess here:

-www.shredderchess.com/play-chess-online.html (this one is for beginners- when the player clicks on a chess piece, the game highlights the places on the board where that piece could move)

-www.learn4good.com/games/board.htm(the “crazy chess” game was lots and lots of fun)

-www.chesskids.com

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