Kindergarten Chess | ExtraEd - Learn to Checkmate Early

Kindergarten Chess

Make your opening move.

Welcome to chess.  With the aim of blending fun, education, and character development, our program introduces young players to the key foundational aspects of the game—starting with taking turns!

Games within a game. Breaking down the game into smaller, more digestible activities, we use exercises and puzzles to teach concepts such as attacking with diagonal movements or how to position multiple pieces in concert with each other.

Every piece a story. We teach the roles of each chess piece in an inventive, kindergarten-relatable fashion. Through a combination of imaginative stories, dramatic play, and hands-on practice students will learn movement, positioning and strengths.

Chess etiquette.

Chess isn't just a game; it's a lesson in sportsmanship and resilience. Our kindergarten course introduces young players to chess with an emphasis on respect, fair play, and graceful behaviour—both on and off the board.

Appropriate to their grade level and working to specific outcomes defined by school curriculum, students may be instructed in:

  • Introduction to chess and basic movements.
  • Piece-roles, characteristics and positioning.
  • Advanced movements and special rules.
  • Numeracy, piece-value and chess notation.
  • Coordinating pieces and tactics.
  • Chess etiquette and sportsmanship.

Our Clubs are run as extracurricular programming in schools across the Greater Toronto Area. With exciting subjects, engaging instructors, and hands-on activities, this program offers educational experiences beyond the school curriculum.  Learn more>

This program (delivered in-school, during class time) has been designed to supplement and extend Ontario school curriculum. Our experiential mode of instruction brings unique activities into any classroom, resulting in meaningful and memorable learning outcomes. Learn more>

Available in English and French.