At a time of severe funding cuts, parents and educators are looking for affordable extracurricular activities to encourage social interaction, challenge their kid’s abilities, and to develop new interests. The Kids Chess Club is the answer.
Studies have shown that chess players improve overall in their grades, test scores and thinking abilities. Chess is a great workout for mental skills such as creative thinking and problem-solving. Students learn to think ahead, evaluate multiple alternatives and anticipate consequences. They improve spatial reasoning, visual memory and attention span while learning good judgment and self-confidence.
Our curriculum is based on over 20 years of teaching experience and our instructors are trained, supervised and must pass a thorough background check to protect the safety of your children. Our lesson plans are easy to understand and personal attention is provided to students to assure they comprehend the main concepts. On-Line training exercises on a safe (no human interaction) website is available that gives students the opportunity to improve their abilities at home at their own pace. There is no homework or workbooks just excellent lessons and lots of chess.
After- School Sessions are 8 weeks, meeting once per week for 1 hour and are open to all age groups from grades K through 12. Each week students will win prizes for their active participation and attention. This positive reinforcement is used because the kids are coming to the Chess Club to use their brain after a full day of school and may need motivation to concentrate. Kids Chess Club makes the game of chess easy to learn and understand and fun for all ages.
The Club is divided into groups based on the student’s current skill level and instructors will modify the curriculum to meet the levels of the students. All students play against each other and at the end of the eight weeks the top three players get special trophies and all students get participation awards. Students may enter an organized Tournament to compete with other schools for additional trophies. A Team Tournament is also offered to allow students to experience team competition with other schools in the area.
In a report from New York City on their Public Funded Chess Program it was stated: “…after four years of our Chess Program City Schools have proven that
a. Chess instills in young players a sense of self-confidence and self-worth;
b. Chess dramatically improves a child’s ability to think rationally;
c. Chess increases cognitive skills;
d. Chess improves children’s communication skills and aptitude in recognizing patterns,
e. Chess results in higher grades, especially in English and Math studies,
f. Chess builds a sense of team spirit while emphasizing the ability of the individual,
g. Chess teaches the value of hard work, concentration and commitment;
h. Chess makes a child realize that he or she is responsible for his or her own actions and must accept
i. Chess teaches children to try their best to win, while accepting defeat with grace,
j. Chess provides an intellectual, comparative forum through which children can assert hostility i.e. “let off steam” in an acceptable way;
k. Chess can become a child’s most eagerly awaited school activity, dramatically improving attendance;
l. Chess allows girls to compete with boys on a non-threatening, socially acceptable plane;
m. Chess helps children make friends more easily because it provides an easy, safe forum for gathering and discussion;
n. Chess allows students and teachers to view each other in a more sympathetic way;
o. Chess, through competition, gives kids a palpable sign of their accomplishments, and finally;
p. Chess provides children with a concrete, inexpensive and compelling way to rise above the deprivation and self-doubt which are so much a part of their lives…” (from 1990 report NYCP C. Palm)
For further reading on the Benefits of Chess, please view our Resource Page.