I want to personally thank you for helping provide the First Move Curriculum at my school and in my classroom.
It is my first year teaching third grade at this school and I was pleasantly surprised to see that my students were ecstatic the first time they had indoor recess this year and could play chess. In other schools, I have never seen kids play chess by choice either because it wasn’t available or they didn’t know how to play.
Even the first day of school, kids were asking me, “When does chess start?” When I did get to do the first chess lesson, students literally squealed with delight as they walked in the door that morning and saw that chess was on the schedule.
When my students are excited about anything curricular I get very happy. To see that they are authentically interested in this game and have the need to learn about special moves, coordinates, and directions is wonderful. This approach to teaching math and life skills is very impactful.
Thank you very much for providing this wonderful part of third grade at Adams Elementary School. I hope it can continue in the future!
K. Anela Deisler
Adams Elementary School
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