Under the PALS curriculum, chess is a tool for personal, intellectual, and academic growth that resonates for a lifetime of critical thinking and cognitive decision making ability.
The National Scholastic Chess Foundation has listed 10 compelling reasons for children to learn and play chess:
- Chess involves all levels of critical thinking (knowledge, comprehension, analysis, evaluation);
- Chess requires forethought and cultivates visualization skills;
- Chess improves problem solving skills;
- Chess encourages children to overcome the fear of risk-taking;
- Chess teaches concentration and self-discipline;
- Chess enables children to assume responsibility for their decisions;
- Chess rewards determination and perseverance
- Chess raises self-esteem and promotes good sportsmanship;
- Chess encourages socialization skills that extend across cultures and generations;
- Chess is fun!
From the National Scholastic Chess Foundation