Here at Team Third Law After School Program we encourage all of our children to learn chess as a fun way of having them learn a new skill. Many games that kids play today are very noneducational and are purely made to amuse the child. But what if right at our fingertips we had a game that was b0th fun and educational? Chess is a great game for both children and adults that really engages the mind.
Master Roberto Torralbas started playing chess as a child, and he knows how valuable it was for him and his development. Chess is a game that requires focus to remember the different pieces and what they do, but the game also incorporates aspects of strategy and thinking ahead in order to out play your opponent and to catch them in a trap before they even see it coming.
Today most children’s idea of fun is being glued to the screen of an Ipad for hours playing a video game. While this may entertain them, it is by no means educational or a good mental exercise. Here at our After School Program we want our kids to be more mentally engaged and excited about learning – chess is a great way to start. The children love playing chess with each other and they compete to see who’s the chess master. This friendly competition pushes the children to improve their skills and to learn more in a fun, exciting atmosphere.
Our children really value their chess set, especially since it is not a free gift or something they are entitled to have, the have to earn it. Our children each have the opportunity to earn their own chess set; they aren’t simply given the gift, they have to earn it by showing dedication. The child has to know how to properly set up the chess set and how each chess piece moves and works.
Learning how the chess pieces move and how the game works involves a substantial amount of focus from the student. The discipline and focus that the children learn from playing chess seeps into all aspects of their life. They will likely be able to pay attention to directions at school better and also be able to focus of studies and reading, ignoring distractions.
Children benefit a lot from chess, as it is really a sport for the mind. Here at Team Third Law After School Program, we value the importance of athletics and academics equally. It’s our goal to help you child to get a head start in life and succeed in academics. Chess is one of our many ways of getting kids excited about learning. If children enjoy learning about new things then it will be easier for them to progress and advance through all of the different subjects.