June 12, 2005 –– Stephen A. Schneider, Director of Championship Chess, an Atlanta-based company, will present Learning Across Multiple Intelligences with Chess, Friday, June 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 at the 22nd Annual Home Educators Association of Virginia Convention and Educational Fair, in Richmond, Virginia. “Home Education
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: Joy in the Journey” is the theme of this year’s conference which runs June 16-18, 2005. This will be the second consecutive year Championship Chess has presented at the conference. Convention organizers expect more than 7000 home schoolers to participate in this year’s fair.
“ Home Education: Joy in the Journey ”
For more than 20 years, Championship Chess coaches have guided scholastic chess clubs that, consistently, have placed high in state championships. Coaches have made presentations to various educator groups throughout the country, including teachers’ conventions, conferences on the gifted child and staff development workshops.
Chess is the perfect match for students with logical/mathematical intelligence, helping develop sound strategic thinking and problem solving skills. But, when used within the learning framework and taught creatively, chess is a catalyst for learning across multiple intelligences. Coach/author Steve Schneider introduces the unique methods and materials he developed to teach chess to children and demonstrates his unique teaching strategies that address each student's learning style.
Schneider developed both the materials and the methods. He is author of The Scholastic Chess Series, which includes Chess Basics, Chess Openings I, Endgames Strategies I and a chess readiness activity book, Color My Chess World, that introduces pre-chess activities to very young children. Schneider, who has been teaching chess to children for more than 30 years, teaches chess incrementally, using chess strategies from day one. As student players advance, they are taught strategies that apply critical thinking skills like visualization, thinking ahead, thinking concretely and abstractly, weighing options, focusing and planning.
Interest in playing chess has been growing steadily in the U.S. since the 1980s. In schools across the country, chess is making a strong contribution to children’s learning across academic areas. Studies conducted over the last 30 years show that students’ IQs increase and test scores improve after less than a year of systematic chess study. As a teaching tool, chess is quickly gaining ground in schools all over the United States. Chess also develops self-esteem, builds team spirit and increases concentration.
Chess players come in all ages. Even very young children can be successful at chess, as demonstrated by the annual national kindergarten championship. Championship Chess clubs and their coaches have won local, state, regional and national awards and distinctions. Currently, Championship Chess players are ranked in the top 10 in the state of Georgia and the top 100 in the United States.
The coaches teach lessons in strategy and supervise chess play among public, private and home schooled students. The workbooks created for the Scholastic Chess Series are designed for students who are beginners in chess, as well as for those who are ready to improve their skills. Each of these titles has a supporting video/DVD.
Chess Basics is the initial workbook for students. Step-by-step, it introduces the chess pieces one at a time, not only demonstrating how they move and capture but, also, how they work together. Chess Openings I introduces openings that are most popular with beginning scholastic players, and Endgames Strategies I prepares players for the most common endgames of chess. A chess tactics book that builds upon Chess Openings I, and is ideal for the beginning player as well as the tournament player, is scheduled for publication later this year.
Color My Chess World is a chess readiness activity book with an accompanying music CD of short, fun songs that invite kids to dance and sing along. It builds the skills to make the introduction of chess easy ― and fun ― for very young children. Developed by certified early childhood educators and scholastic chess coaches, this program builds academic skills through chess activities designed to capture the interest of young children. Color My Chess World introduces children to the “world of chess”: the chessboard, chess “characters” and chess play. Activities in the book introduce basic chess concepts while improving spatial skills, developing math and reading readiness skills, and reinforcing skills in listening and following directions.
Championship Chess is a division of Teachable Tech, Inc., an award-winning company of curriculum writers and educational consultants. Teachable Tech has designed curriculum for pre-K and K-12 for such diverse clients as the American Red Cross, the National Park Service, Social and Health Services in association with SAMHSA/HHR, CNN, Turner Broadcasting, ABC News, HBO and The Weather Channel.
For more information about starting a scholastic chess club and/or purchasing materials in the Scholastic Chess Series, contact:
Dennis Jones or Stephen Schneider
3565 Evans Road
Atlanta, GA 30340
(888) 328-7373 or (770) 939-4596
Championship Chess: www.championshipchess.net