We love Chess at three! My son is 11 and loves going to his chess classes. He now wants to play all the time. And last week finally Beat me at Chess! He was so excited!
My baby has gone to Bea & Bop's Playgroup since she was 6 months old. She was shy and nervous at first, but she is now more comfortable socializing thanks to this amazing playgroup! I, as a first time mother, also learn a lot from this class - songs to sing, craft/art ideas, how to teach different things in a fun way!
My daughter had no prior chess experience and immediately fell in love by going through Chess At Three’s storytelling style of teaching at the trial class. Now the chess club becomes her favorite class after the school and she can’t wait to play with the next character when it is introduced. The club manager, Jen, is very warm, patient, and attentive to the kids. She also picks up the kids from the schools and the kids can have afternoon snacks before the class starts. The club, newly opened in Park Slope, is very clean and organized. There is a welcoming atmosphere whenever you walk in and kids love to stay there for its fun activities. Definitely highly recommend it!
We love, love, love Chess At Three! The lessons are the highlight of my daughter's week - she is learning so much and loves re-telling the lesson-based stories over and over (!) and is even teaching chess to her parents. The Park Slope Club is incredibly organized and well-run and is a very charming and joyful place with kind, nurturing and supportive leadership, instructors and staff. A+++ all around.
A delightful chess curriculum taught by enthusiast chess tutors! First I’ll discuss the curriculum: Chess at 3 teaches young kids about all the pieces and how they move through funny, engaging stories (ie horses move “gallop, gallop, step to the side” because it is a secret dance move they learned from a squirrel) and mini-games (like 2 knights playing against 4 pawns). This is much more engaging than how I was taught as a kid and therefore can be digested at a younger age. However, the curriculum is not a watered-down version of Chess. It is the same strategies you would teach an adult learning Chess, it has just been made accessible to children via stories and mini games that lead to playing full games. As for the tutors, I was amazed to see how engaging they are. I loved watching the look of amazement on my daughters face throughout her first lesson as she learned new mini games, progressed in her abilities, and heard fun new stories. Chess at 3 offers more than just Chess. For instance they have a role playing game group called Birch Guard Quest. My daughter also loves these classes which offer teamwork and open ended creativity in ways that Chess can’t.