I have recently started a chess club in my school. I am looking to extend this to teaching chess to the new entrant class (five year olds) that I teach in for one day a week. This article reinforces my belief that a chess in schools programme could be extremely beneficial to students, even as young as five years of age.
Here's a key paragraph from the article:
'What the elite private academy and the inner-city public school both know is that "Chess makes you smart," a slogan of the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF). A growing body of research is showing that chess improves kids' thinking and problem-solving skills as well as their math and reading test scores'.
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