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How Maths and Chess are Integrated?

It has been clearly proven by child development researchers (including the world-renowned educator, Dr. Maria Montessori) that young children learn best through play and exploration. They are concrete learners and learn by using all their senses. They must experience their world in order to make sense of it. Play gives young children “hands-on” activities for learning about life.

Chess being “hands-on” and multi sensory, involves coordination between eyes, brain and hands in multi-direction, and embodies concepts that are non-linear when compared to most video and computer games.

Research has shown that chess benefits children’s maths abilities. The main reason being chess involves many mathematical concepts and characteristics that mostly are learned in elementary schools. Chess provides a conduit to lead a child to learn certain maths concepts without exerting unnecessary pressure. They practise their critical thinking skill while pondering the next best move; considering all the pros and cons; and weighing all the possible moves. This process of thinking involves data gathering, analysing, synthesising and integrating which are all critical thinking skills.

The most unique feature of our centre is our integrated maths and chess workbooks.
Ho Math and Chessâ„¢ has been classroom – tested and proven to effectively:

  • improve maths proficiency
  • develop problem solving ability
  • advance chess knowledge
  • boost brainpower
  • improve memory

Ho Math and Chessâ„¢ integrates chess symbols, chess values and chess moves into maths workbooks. This innovative teaching method provides children with a new, fun and more interesting way to learn maths. A simple computation problem can become a multi-step, multi-directional and consequently, a more challenging problem.

Ho Math and Chessâ„¢ workbooks present a new idea of learning maths and also solving maths problems using:

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Hands-on

Chess provides ample hands-on opportunities. One has to physically move the chess pieces to get the game going.

Multi-concept

Maths puzzle worksheets are designed to learn division while doing multiplication and learning subtraction while doing addition.

Multi-direction

Chess is a multi-directional game. Some worksheets are designed in a way that the operation is no longer in a linear fashion: from left to right. Now, the direction could be from bottom to top, from right to left, and also diagonally.

Multi-sensory

The learning of chess involves eyes, hands, and brain coordination. The math pattern puzzle trains visualisation.

Why do children like to work on maths and chess integrated workbooks rather than on the traditional computation worksheets?

Math and chess integrated workbooks have visual images, chess symbols, directions, spatial relation, and tables; all these are stimuli to kids and keep their interests high while working on computation problems. These also give children ample opportunities to think visually. Most of the time, the computation questions are not written for children to work on immediately but for them to “map out” the questions by following directions. In our experience, we found that children enjoy them.

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