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- Named School Library Journal's Best Education Pick of 2014; Winner of The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval; Mom's Choice Awards® Gold Seal Recipient; US child development authority Dr Stevanne Auerbach PhD's Dr. Toy Best Vacation Toy of 2014 with Lego Systems
- Suitable for complete beginners to chess, and K-8 grade school children at all levels of math ability in elementary and middle schools. Currently being used by professional teachers and scout leaders for under achievers, average and gifted/talented students -- also advised by Title 1 and academic intervention program specialists
- Backed by Harvard and MIT experts, Yamie Chess features an interactive 260-page coloring math comic book written by experienced math teachers, in collaboration with several United States chess masters, for K-8 supplemental math learning and K-8 math practice to boost children's success in math education
- Made in America from 40% recycled materials: Includes tournament classic chess set designed with cartoon chess piece labels needed for visuo-spatial co-ordination with the Yamie Chess math comic book; high-quality colored pencils in box
- With contribution from the Harry Potter chess consultant, American International Master Jeremy Silman, creator of the Harry Potter chess scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2001)
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Named by School Library Journal as a Best Education Pick 2014, Yamie Chess is an award-winning educational toy that builds children's math and science learning skills for school.
Yamie Chess is officially backed by Harvard and MIT math educators for K-8 education, and has earned The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval and the Mom's Choice Awards' Gold Seal Award.
Follow our young chess hero, 8-year old Kimi from Queens, NYC, as he embarks on a math adventure to power up kids' math skills, where the cartoon characters are the classic chess pieces!
The learning toy includes an interactive 260-page K-8 math comic for coloring, topics cover algebra, geometry, number, data analysis and measurement; a US tournament-size classic chess set with cartoon-adapted chess pieces for visuo-spatial reasoning; and 12 quality colored pencils for the budding artist.
The Yamie Chess math comic is aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards and illustrated by ex-Disney/Marvel and ex-DC Comics professional animators.
Yamie Chess was created by U.S. math educators from MIT, Caltech, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Columbia and the University of Arizona in partnership with USA national chess masters. (yamiechess.com/advisors)
Professional Teachers' Analysis
"As a teacher, I always am looking for activities, lessons, and products that will raise the bar for the children in my classroom. With Yamie Chess, this product addresses both different levels in the classroom and teaches critical thinking to all.” - Jena Phillips, B.S., MEd, 8th Grade Arizona Science Teacher
“As a middle school math teacher I see the value of Yamie Chess in an educational setting to increase mathematical thinking.” - Elizabeth Gates, B.A., 7th Grade Illinois Math Teacher
Top customer reviews
As a former middle school math teacher, I am impressed with the approach to teaching Pythagoras's theorem, prime numbers, perimeter, area, and raising numbers to powers...just to name a few of the concepts presented in the game book.
The black and white cartoon-style illustrations are high quality and provide children with the added feature of coloring. A package of colored pencils is included.
The overall design of this product is outstanding. The chess pieces are just the right size for children and even include a picture at the bottom of each piece. The chess board is 20 inches square, which is a great size. The box design is dynamic.
I recommend this product for use in homes, schools, community centers, and wherever children have the opportunity to experience the joy of learning chess.
Former math teacher and retired supervisor of technical publications in a high-tech company
First, negatives: It is challenging and will require your child to concentrate for a period. My daughter loses concentration unless you get her on a "good day", but with Yamie Chess she was engaged and interested to learn more. That was a big plus for us.
The artwork is very good and it's great that they've made it a coloring book because that helps to get through the frustration of learning math. There is a picture virtually on every page. Now the positives: My daughter has definitely got better at math through playing with Yamie and has showed interest in algebra when we were struggling to get her through her basic number skills.
I honestly think this a terrific tool for math. You child may not "get it" overnight, neither did our daughter but stay with it, be patient and watch as your child's confidence in numbers and algebra really takes off. I'd buy again from this company and love that they're choosing to manufacture at home opposed to going to China.
Good parts. Assigning characters to the pieces and the introduction to the pieces and what they can do. The game board grid and how to track your moves. Chess work book pages were fun at a 2nd grade level.
Not so good parts:
Not enough chess. Move the introduction and the chess work pages into a separate book. More chess please.
You have to read through a pretty slow and boring story written at at a grade level way to high for most elementary kids. We skipped over much of the story. My son just did not have the attention span for reading a long story to get to the next move.
My son says that the artwork is creepy and I have to agree.