Chess has supported my students who struggle with reading and has given them a chance to feel successful. As a result of this, my students always ask to play chess during their sessions. Chess teaches them a different way to process information and learn new skills; such as decision making, strategizing, looking at the big picture and thinking outside the box. It also teaches them that it’s okay to take risks and make mistakes because that’s how you learn.
I love to use it as a reward after they have done their reading and writing, less popular tasks, because my students absolutely love “chest.” (that’s what one of my students says instead of chess). I also use this reward as a learning opportunity. I have them write sentences about chess so I can teach them proper punctuation and spelling.
My five year old student told me he even beat his dad. Another kindergartener and first grader play chess in theirafter school programs. I think that is a great opportunity for children of all ages.
I have noticed how chess has improved my students’ focus and concentration and has given them confidence. As a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, chess has become a key piece of my tutoring sessions, and I know my students would not want it any other way.
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