Let’s all breathe a sigh of relief; summer is just around the corner! This year has been one of the most challenging and uncertain to date, and we know everyone is looking forward to kicking back and enjoying some relaxing fun in the sun come June.
The change in seasons signifies a great deal these days. We, as a community, have made it through another milestone of this tumultuous time. Children and parents have survived a year of remote and socially distanced school, hoping that things will look more normal come fall.
Warmer months mean the return of safe outdoor activities and the ability to breathe easier as we spend more time with friends and loved ones.
But we know that some of you may be feeling less-than-stellar about summer break. While we don’t yet know the long-term educational consequences of the past year, we do know that many parents are anxious about the prospect of their children falling behind.
For many teachers and parents, summer is considered a time of educational regression. While vacations offer a much-needed respite from the pressures and schedule of academics, even a one-week spring break can have a measurable negative impact on a child’s mental vitality.
Summer vacation is typically 10-12 weeks, more than enough time to impact your child’s education significantly. This information, paired with the anxiety that children have fallen behind this year, is leaving many parents in a panic!
But before you rush out and buy a desk, a math book, and freshly sharpened pencils, let’s remember that you don’t have to simulate the classroom to make learning during the summer a viable option. Learning doesn’t mean burying your child’s head, and yours, in a textbook!
Summer is an excellent time for you and your child to explore alternative learning styles, new hobbies, and creative classes!
Chess at Three lessons are the ideal way to keep your child engaged and stimulated during these summer months.
Check out the seven reasons to sign up for summer chess lessons!
- Skip the “summer slide.”
We all love a slide but let’s limit them to the pool and playground, shall we? Introduced in a comprehensive study in 1996, the concept of the “summer slide” showed that kids lose significant aptitude in both math and reading during a break from school.
This educational backsliding tends to snowball throughout education, leading to subsequent skill loss year after year. A more recent study showed that students lost about 27% of their school-year gains in math and 20% in reading from third to fifth grade.
But don’t let these studies scare you! Enrolling your child in just one educational activity a week can combat the summer slide!
Chess has proven benefits for children in both math and reading. Students who play chess score an average of 6.4 points higher on math tests and 10 percentage points higher on reading tests.
Chess leads to higher retention skills, swifter problem solving, and calmness under pressure. Chess also encourages players to be inventive and creative and to embrace new ideas and concepts.
When children play chess, they strengthen their math skills by calculating the next move and adding up piece values throughout the game. Chess improves reading skills by strengthening a child’s focus and their ability to stay committed to a particular thought process for extended periods.
- Let’s get physical!
Summer is the perfect time for a burst of physical activity for families! Between swimming, sports, and outdoor games, the warmer months and longer days encourage plenty of opportunities for exercise.
But don’t forget about your brain! Regular games of chess improve brain function, memory, and help children stay sharp! The mathematician Blaise Pascal famously said, “Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.” We couldn’t agree more!
Chess at Three is the perfect way to balance your child’s summer physical activities with a bit of mental exercise!
- Break free from the chains.
Creativity is at the very heart of what we do. Chess at Three transforms each chess piece into a memorable character using storytelling and creative play! Our lessons revolve around fun characters with quirky qualities that help children understand how the pieces move and why.
Summer is the ideal time to let your child’s creativity and imagination run wild! We fully embrace that!
Our lessons encourage creative movement, art, singing, and more, as our students learn to play and love the game of chess.
One moment you may find your child doing “Chessercises” and moving around the yard, one step at a time, like King Chomper. The next moment they may be exploring their chess “Secret Missions,” creating their own chess variant, or designing a beautifully decorated chessboard.
Our tutors bring a sense of creativity and joy to each lesson. Their skills and abilities in art, dance, music, theatre, and other creative pursuits generate the perfect atmosphere for your child to not only learn chess but explore their imagination and artistry as well.
- Take the road less traveled.
We all understand the importance of traditional learning throughout the school year. The classroom provides not only academic opportunities but life and social lessons as well.
But let’s not underestimate the importance of taking a break and switching up your child’s learning style when possible!
A Chess at Three lesson takes traditional learning and flips it on its head, helping children understand why a chess piece moves a certain way. Summer is a fantastic time for your child to experience this out-of-the-box style of learning!
Nontraditional learning can reinvigorate your child’s thirst for knowledge and help them understand that learning can be fun and joyous!
Ron Fairchild, a founder of the Smarter Learning Group and former CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, believes in taking time for nontraditional learning and creativity during the summer.
“I think it’s possible, with creativity, to ensure that kids have a break from the typical routine but also experience quality learning opportunities that really can change their long-term success and trajectory in school,” Fairchild commented in an interview with NPR. “I talk to so many adults who are successful in life and who managed to have great summers as kids but also got exposure to a skill, a talent, a hobby, a job experience, an internship that was transformative.”
- The more, the merrier!
Chess at Three lessons are the ideal activity to share with pals! Playing chess with friends encourages healthy exploration of competitive behavior and sportsmanship. Our lessons provide a safe space to encounter and healthily process the feelings that coincide with winning and losing a game.
Chess at Three encourages these life lessons with fun, engaging stories that explore those topics, plus so much more!
- Keep it small, keep it safe.
The world is starting to feel safer every day, but we know many of you are still wary of extensive group activities. Some families will opt for smaller group classes this summer instead of large camps. Chess at Three lessons are the perfect size for those looking for socialization while still keeping their pod small!
Hosting a weekly group lesson in your home or backyard is a great way to incorporate routine learning for your child and their peers into your summer schedule.
We are reopening our Upper East Side chess club this summer and are thrilled to welcome our students back — in smaller numbers, of course. Weekly and daily chess camps will be offered all summer long starting June 1st!
Want the chess club to come to you? Request one of our ever-popular pop-up clubs, and let us bring the fun to your neighborhood!
- Ditch the screens and head out to the green.
Let’s face it, we all have a love-hate relationship with screens. We are so thankful to have had the option to continue lessons throughout this crazy year, but we could all use a little break from the blue light!
Studies show that screen time is linked to increased physical and mental health issues in children. Unfortunately, we cannot wholly avoid screens, but we can choose other activities that negate the adverse effects.
Chess is a great and, dare we say, timeless board game that gets kids off screens and engages their brains! An in-person Chess at Three lesson takes traditional chess one step further by teaching through silly storytelling and creative play. Once your child starts learning about King Chomper and his Chesslandia pals, the iPad will be long forgotten!
We are beyond thrilled to offer in-home summer lessons in the five boroughs of New York City, as well as in the Hamptons. This summer, we’re even expanding our reach to include Westchester and parts of Connecticut! We can’t wait to share the magic of Chess at Three with your family!