New Curriculum Designed to Make Chess Part of Every Classroom
Holland, MI (NOVEMBER 24, 2014) – Imagine going to school and learning the game of Chess as part of your coursework. That’s exactly what professional chess player Dan Hronchek is working towards as he launches a one-of-a-kind classroom curriculum called Homeroom Chess.
“Chess improves a student’s academic readiness by stretching original thinking and the logic it takes to form word associations and do math problems,” says Dan, “Studies have shown that it can improve test scores in both mathematics and language. It’s just a really fun way to support everything else teachers do in the classroom.”
Dan has taught chess since 2003 in more than 17 elementary schools and three outside programs to over 1200 students located in six different countries. “I see firsthand the effect of learning and playing chess,” he says. “Chess can help kids improve dramatically in all areas of their learning – even socially among peers.”
In fact, his love for the game along with seeing significant change in so many of his students is what prompted him to write the curriculum. Homeroom Chess was developed over ten years and specifically designed for elementary age students, grades 3 to 6.
The benefits of integrating chess into the classroom have long been studied and have shown surprisingly clear, positive results. In fact, according to the studies in Patrick McDonald’s collection, The Benefits of Chess in Education, studies illustrate a significant correlation between the ability to play chess well, and spatial, numerical, administrative-directional, and paper work abilities.
Teachers wanting to integrate Homeroom Chess into the classroom need not fear the game even if they’ve had no prior experience with it. “The beauty of Homeroom Chess,” says Dan, “is that it is designed with the teacher in mind. Each lesson provides everything the teacher needs in order to learn and teach the game.”
Homeroom Chess is the only chess curriculum designed to teach teachers how to add chess to their classroom, and then walks them through the process. It’s fully downloadable and reproducible.
Educators can learn more about Homeroom Chess at HomeroomChess.com.
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