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Recently a friend gave me a book called Chess Is Child’s Play: Teaching Techniques That Work for parents and educators. It’s a wonderful book for teaching kids how to think!

I love the easy-to-use format. The large diagrams of chess positions make following the lesson plans in this book very clear. I also liked the inclusion of fun stories from parents throughout the book, as well as the beautifully shot photographs heading each chapter.

Chess Is Child’s Play uses a whole bunch of powerful strategies for helping kids learn to play the game of chess. The authors Laura and Bill use a very step-by-step method to teach a parent to teach a young child to play chess. And if the parent doesn’t know how to play, they’ll soon learn!

I am a mother of three excellent thinkers and I could have used this book when my kids were younger. I especially loved the chapter that offers Tips on Teaching, which is packed with great advice. The tips given here transcends chess and applies to many levels of teaching. Children who are both ‘learning to read’ and ‘reading to learn’ can also benefit from many critical thinking opportunities that are presented in this wonderful resource. Chess can really improve a child’s ability to read!

If you’re considering purchasing a book that will teach you how to teach your young child to play chess, pick up a copy of Chess Is Child’s Play: Teaching Techniques That Work. You’ll have hours of fun with these lessons…

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