To integrate chess as a learning tool in our nation’s 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms, in order to have an enduring positive impact on our students’ critical thinking and social skills, and ability to achieve academically.
America’s Foundation for Chess (AF4C) is committed to the education of our children. It is our hope that our program First Move will soon be a regular part of every second and third graders education in order to create a joyful and meaningful learning experience.
Benefits of Chess
Academic Benefits of First Move
- Contributes to increased academic performance
- Develops lifelong thinking skills
- Teaches students to analyze, plan, and execute
- Teaches students that actions have consequences
- Helps students identify patterns and make connections
- Aligns to math and reading standards for 2nd and 3rd grade
Social Benefits of First Move
- Levels the playing field; race, gender, ethnicity, age, and socio economic status are irrelevant on the chess board.
- Promotes good sportsmanship
- Decreases need for disciplinary actions relating to behavior
- Builds camaraderie among students
- Enhances family and community interaction
- Every study to date shows a positive correlation between chess and higher academic achievement.
- “Teachers in First Move classrooms saw improved math and reading aptitude in their students.” (Woo, 2009)
- In a Year End Survey of First Move teachers:
- 88% believe their students critical thinking skills improved because of First Move
- 74% believe their students social skills improved due to First Move
- 94% say First Move is a valuable use of classroom time
- 98% say their students find First Move highly engaging
- For research summaries, visit our website, http://www.af4c.org/pages/teachers/research
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