Learning to Play Smart at Bayou Meto Elementary

Bayou Meto Elementary students are learning to play chess with Ms. Lynn Hawking, gifted and talented teacher. Playing chess can help children improve concentration, memory, reading and math skills, critical thinking and creativity.

The game of chess is over 1300 years old and is one of the oldest and the most popular games in the world. Chess is a two-player strategy game between two armies with 16 pieces for each player. The objective of the game is to place the opponent's King into checkmate, which means the King is trapped.

“This game is about depth of knowledge,” says Hawking after discussing with students whether they should attack, defend or evade their opponents. “Whoever sees further, sees more of the possibilities.”

Chess provides students an approach to learn and use reasoning skills. These skills then carry over to other educational and life endeavors.