North Tonawanda Dept. of Youth, Recreation & Parks
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The NT Recreation Department will be working with the Buffalo Chess Association to bring you the opportunity to provide master-level chess instruction for your child/ren at a fraction of the cost.
- For Boys and Girls
- Grades 2 - 12 - (See below for skill level placement information)
- Beginner:5 PM
- Intermediate: 6 PM
- Advance: 7 PM
- 12 weeks instruction - Oct 18 - Jan 3
- $50 per child (sibling discount available)
- Limited spots available
You can sign your child/ren up for the skill level you think them to be in. They will be evaluated the first week of instruction and may be moved to another section.
We are fortunate to be working with the Buffalo Chess Association and can bring you one of the finest instructors in WNY.
WHY PLAY CHESS
1. Improves Concentration and Memory
Studies conducted by the University of Memphis have found that children who play chess significantly improve their visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability … all important factors for success in school.
2. Enhances Math and Reading
The need to focus on problem-solving and the process of thinking through move variables are important traits that help improve children's math skills. In addition, studies have shown that because chess requires children to use cognitive processes such as decoding, analysis, thinking, and comprehension (all skills required for reading), chess-playing kids greatly improve their reading skills over non-playing kids.
3. Helps Develop Logic, Critical Thinking, and CREATIVITY
Playing chess requires a lot of "if-then" logical analysis and "what-if" scenarios, all necessary ingredients for developing logical and critical thinking. In addition, studies show that chess boosts creativity, most dramatically in originality. Researchers attribute this boost to the process of imagining all the possible move alternatives which trains the mind to play with possibilities … the cornerstone of original thinking.
4. Encourages and Rewards Hard Work
Playing chess provides immediate feedback. Lose your focus, lose a piece; study the game and practice, win more games. Your children control their destiny.
5. Think Through Solving Complex Problems
Chess helps kids learn and practice thinking through and finding solutions to complex problems.