How very Montessori of them!
“It's not about Kings, Queens, and Rooks, but rather, quadrants and coordinates, thinking strategically and foreseeing consequences. It's about lines and angles, weighing options and making decisions,” says Wendi Fisher in her article for Johns Hopkins University. While studies have shown chess to have a positive impact on kids in elementary, middle and high school, AF4C targeted second and third graders as the evidence, and certainly our experience, suggests it's the ideal age. Eight and nine year-old minds and thinking skills are developing rapidly, and chess teaches higher level thinking skills such as the ability to visualize, analyze, and think critically.
Of course, don’t tell any of the children that. All they know is that chess is a very cool game and unlike anything they play. It’s an opportunity to have a little friendly competition with their classmates---and a parent or two!