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25 Oct 2007
How to Teach Kindergartner Chess and Math?
Ho Math and Chess Learning Centre
BC certified Teacher
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The integrated chess and math teaching strategy for children as young as 4 and half years old is very different from teaching much older children. In learning chess, many very young children do not care as much as their parents as to their progresses or how much they have learned, instead what they care is if they have fun or not. What are the problems facing a chess or math teacher when teaching chess to kindergartners? Among other children’s readiness and emotional problems, the following are a list of problems a chess teach might run into:
· Using traditional chess set to teach very young children chess presents a headache for chess coaches that is the moves of chess are difficult for some children to master and it seems to turn children off if they are not familiar with the chess moves.
· Chess benefits children in many ways but chess playtime do not really teach computation part of math. Children do not improve their ability of four basic facts of arithmetic operations by just playing chess.
· Some children just do not like to play chess.
Frank Ho has invented a new chess training chess set by displaying possible chess moves right on each chess piece – You Move What You See. He also invented a Geometric Chess Language to link chess and math such that children can learn arithmetic basics with fun. The Frankho chess is so intriguing that children ask more after trying out a few themselves and these children can still get some chess benefit by doing chess mazes.
With the inventions of new chess training set for kindergartner, Geometric Chess Symbol, and Frankho Chess Maze, kindergartner chess and math teaching has entered into a new era.
More details can be found by visiting www.mathandchess.com.