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Chess is Child's Play: Teaching Techniques That Work Hardcover – April 16, 2012
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Chess is Child's Play is a book written by parents, for parents. It is written for YOU! Chess is one of the oldest strategy games known to man. Studies show that children who learn chess at an early age gain such valuable life skills as: Problem-solving ability Improved patience and focus Enhanced imagination Greater self-confidence. Chess educators Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick have created an easy, step-by-step method for teaching chess that parents of all skill levels can use to teach children of any age. You don't have to know how to play in order to use the system. This book will teach you the game, while showing you how to teach your child to play. You will learn together. Chess makes children smarter. Give your child an advantage in life and teach him or her to play today!
About the Author
Laura Sherman is a writer and chess coach, who lives in Florida with her husband and three children.
Bill Kilpatrick is an entrepreneur, specializing in advanced educational techniques. He lives in Southern California with his wife and four children.
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Firstly, the mini games. Anyone who has ever tried to get more than one child on the same sheet of music knows that it can sometimes be like having a bowling alley installed in your head. These mini games are designed to keep your child's interest while craftily getting them to practice the lesson over and over. Quite unique and fun for the parent and child at the same time.
Secondly, the order of the lessons. For me the biggest struggle was keeping the attention of any child while I ground away at each piece movement usually starting with the pawn. It seems so simple to to me now that you would start instruction with THE ROOK and move up in difficulty from there. This book moves so fluidly from one lesson to the next and gradually eases your child up into tougher scenarios.
Lastly, how the piece movements are taught. From rook to pawn. One short example. As a child I had great challenges understanding the movement of the knight because I was taught to make an "L" movement. How big was that "L" supposed to be again? Two up, one over? Three or four? It was the hardest piece for me by far. Laura and Bill's explanation of just having the knight "hop" the fence and land on the opposite color smacked me with a knight awakening. How logical and simple. How PURE! My daughter has no traces of the knight troubles that I had.
This book is a must have in your shelf for anyone (experienced teacher or patient parent) that wants to spread the joy of chess. There is not a better priced chess text given the gems contained within.
He loves playing chess. Limit the time to maximize your learning per the book. If they get bored, that is what they remember.
The book is broken up into sections by age and has: recommendations for teaching all the pieces and their movements one at a time.
Micro games set ups, to teach specific skills and thought processes.
We liked it so much we gave one to my sister too.
I also liked the mini-games.
However, I found lots of repetitions. For each piece (bishop, pawn, ...) pretty much the same FAQ and examples. This book could be much shorter and still be valuable. That's the only reason for my lower rating. Otherwise I liked the book and recommend.
In life we must learn to work with others. This book teaches your child how to realize their potential and goals by working with others as a team, much as the pieces on a chessboard have to work with each other.
The step-by-step lessons begins with making sure your child knows every possible detail about chess and its rules in terms they will understand.
"The Coach's Corner" is one of our favorite parts of this book. You will gain so much additional insights by this one special feature.
More than anything, "Chess is Child's Play" has given us a new and wonderful way of spending time with our children in a situation where we all enjoy our time to talk, learn and connect.
If you are looking for a book that can teach chess and so much more then I encourage you to order this book today. You will be amazed. We were!
In fact, we have already seen how well this book is received by others we have given a copy to. It makes the perfect gift that will last a lifetime.
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It could also be used as chess manual and be part of each chess board.