teaches parents how to teach any child, of any age, to play chess. This is a personal passion project. I feel strongly that if we can teach our next generation chess, they will receive needed life skills. From personal experience and extensive research I have learned that chess helps children improve their problem solving skills, increase their self-confidence and focus, become more patient, and do better in school.
I learned to play chess when I was nine years old. Soon after I began playing tournament chess and became one of the top 50 US women players. Throughout my life chess has been a theme and an inspiration.
My husband and I have taught hundreds of children to play chess over the last few years. We have fine-tuned our techniques, creating a system that others can follow, even if they have never seen a chess board before.
And I love that the authors are EXPERIENCED. Their techniques work because they know children and have been teaching chess for years. Check out Laura's children in this video. Her five-year-old is reviewing the names of the pieces with her two-year-old:
Each piece is introduced in it's own chapter, beginning with the rook. After the child understands how the piece moves (from the step-by-step instructions which are practically scripted - LOVE!), a 'mini-game' is played.
I'm sure you've noticed the candy cane borders on the pictures and the ornament and gift overlays. Yes, I've become a picmonkey junkie (sad, I know), but, these holiday effects are also meant to get you in the mood for our big event: