We have brought chess to Jerry lee Faine Elementary because we believe it directly contributes to academic performance. Chess makes kids smarter. It does so by teaching the following skills.
- Focusing - Children are taught the benefits of observing carefully and concentrating.
- Visualizing - Children are prompted to imagine a sequence of actions before it happens.
- Thinking Ahead - Children are taught to think first, then act. We teach them to ask themselves "If I do this, what might happen next?"
- Weighing Options - Children are taught that they don't have to do the first thing that pops into their mind.
- Analyzing Concretely - Children learn to evaluate the results of specific actions and sequences. Does this sequence help me or hurt me?
- Thinking Abstractly - Children are taught to step back periodically from details and consider the big picture.
- Planning - Children are taught to develop longer range goals and take steps toward bringing them about. .
- Developing Independence. Kids are forced to think on their own without the immediate aid of an adult.
Chess turns problem-solving and learning into a game! Studies conducted over the last 30 years show that student' IQs increase and test scores improve after less than a year of systematic chess study.
Chess is fun and motivational. It develops self-esteem, builds team spirit and increases concentration. Chess is a thinking game. It encourages students to use patterns and logical deductive reasoning to solve problems.