The Chess Mates Difference
When your child joins Chess Mates, you become part of our community. Chess will help your child leap ahead as their brains are nurtured from such a young age.
Ash didn’t create Chess Mates so we could turn children into competitive grandmasters. Instead, he began to revolutionise the teaching of chess, so it became the educational tool, rather than the end game itself. With Chess as a tool, rather than a competition, students will learn that while winning is fun, it isn’t everything and when they lose they must show humility. Normal chess classes will teach children tactics and confrontation. Chess Mates teaches empathy, emotional intelligence, and how to overcome challenges.
Chess Mates values fun and teamwork! Your child will have the opportunity to make friends in their chess class, and will learn to use chess and the other related skills they develop in their classes to make new friends in the future.
We do not teach them to be confrontational, but to be understanding, collaborative and creative. Further, studies have shown that learning chess can help children with autism to develop emotionally, socially, and cognitively as much as it helps other children develop in these areas.
Thanks to Chess Mates’ classes, you can be confident your little person will never find themselves short of good friends!
With over one hundred schools and kindergartens, and close to 1200 students being taught every term, Chess Mates is all about ties to our local communities.
We actively participate in school fairs, and run classes out of local libraries throughout Brisbane so that children unable to create chess friendships at school can do so on the weekend!
Are There Other Benefits?
While we do focus on the fun, imaginative side of chess, we do also teach students how to play and the strategies used. As such the main benefits found in every chess class are also found in ours.
Learning chess helps your child to improve their:
• Concentration & Attention Span (your child will be engaged for half an hour during their lessons)
• Memory (your child will learn to recall the moves taught in previous lessons)
• Critical Thinking, Creativity & Planning (chess involves strategy, creativity and planning, so your child will improve in all these areas)
• Spatial Awareness (learning how different chess pieces move helps develop your child’s spatial awareness)
• Problem Solving (your child will learn problem solving skills as they work out ways to protect their pieces or achieve “checkmate”)
• Independent & Abstract Decision Making (to make a move in a chess game, your child must first make a decision in their mind)
• Emotional Intelligence (among many other things, learning to deal with, and process, the emotions of winning and losing develops your child’s emotional intelligence)
• Developing Confidence (children gain confidence through peer teaching, and even simply by learning to move a pawn in a diagonal)
It’s been shown that learning to play chess from the age of 3 improves a child’s overall performance at school by nearly 20% compared to children who have not learnt chess. It helps with outcomes as diverse as reading, maths, and original thinking. With so many learning and development benefits, and the emotional and creative aspects focused on as well, imagine what a Chess Mates’ class could do for your child!
Your First Class
To give your child their best start, book your first chess class today.
Email [email protected], or call 1300 CHESS MATES (1300 243 776).
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