Studies have shown that up to 80% of kids’cognitive development takes place in the first five years of their life. That means that to maximise your child’s potential, you need to start young. Chess is the perfect way to do this.
When the Chess Mates team looked at chess for children in Australia a few years ago, we found that nobody offered classes to children below the age of eight. With so much of a child’s brain development occurring prior to their fifth birthday, teaching such young children the creativity and critical thinking skills of chess would provide them with a head start on life. Not only could they learn how to use these skills in academia but also in their personal life as well. (You can read more about the benefits of chess for toddlers and kids here.)
We find that many chess classes were focused on the competitive nature of chess. Our goal is for children to grow into kinder, smarter, and more empathetic people. As such, lessons are focused on having fun and making new friends while learning. In Chess Mates classes, it is important for children to see that losing is not the worst thing that can happen to them and that they should congratulate the other player for a game well played.
We were and still are determined to fix these problems and we’ve been teaching chess in a fun, non-competitive environment to kids aged 2 to 12 ever since.
Chess Mates is the evolution of chess teaching. It uses chess as the teaching tool, not as the end game. Because of this, Chess Mates have created a community of like-minded parents who understand the benefits of chess, but who value the opportunity it brings for helping children reach their potential.
The Chess Mates has been taught by over twenty of our passionate educators in Australia for over 10 years, and now it's available to world via the magic of the internet!
Our kids love learning chess and your child will too. We look forward to helping your child to enjoy their best possible start, and to welcoming you to our family chess community.