Educational Benefits of Chess
© Beverley Paine July 2001
As unschoolers, my children learned more from playing than they did 'lessons'. In our first year of homeschooling I was often unwell and this meant my children frequently played all day, sometimes for days on end. It soon became apparent that on the days they weren't doing 'school at home' they were still learning reading, writing and even maths! Consequently, playing games became an integral and important aspect of our home educating lifestyle. I
We've had a round of chess fanaticism at our house lately and it has been a lot of fun. Quite often families ask me how my children learn and I like to point not to reams of work from educational books but to the many fun games and activities my children seem to continuously engage in. Some time ago I came across this list of the benefits of playing chess by the international master chess player Aleksander Davidovic. I can't dispute his findings!
The only other things I can add is that when we play chess at home we have lots of fun, explore our competitive natures and learn to cope with loosing and winning, talk about many other topics as a game generally last up to one hour, and lastly it is a most relaxing past time!
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