Workbook Stepping stones 1

  • Workbook Stepping stones 1

Workbook Stepping stones 1

56 pages with drawings

Workbook Step 1 is often used with very young children. It is possible but not ideal. It is not surprising since the step-by-step method was developed in 1987 for children from the age of 9 on.

The tendency is that children learn to play chess younger and younger. For children at the age of 5/6 years old approximately, two special workbooks appeared where the exercises are adapted to this age group.
Naturally, the contents of these workbooks overlap partially the 'usual' Step 1. Part one of Stepping stones corresponds to lesson 1 up till 6 in the manual, part two begins with mate.

What are the differences with the usual workbook Step 1?

Larger diagrams
6 diagrams a page
Almost no text
No reminders
Easy exercises
Different kind of puzzles
Notation not necessary
Some topics are split
Eddy Sibbing as co-author
Instructors (frequently parents as well) have to rely on the Manual of the first step. A chapter is devoted on teaching chess to very young children. Furthermore, it will contain information how to deal with each page of the workbook and what are the expected difficulties.

Comparing with other books for beginners the step-by-step method introduces an unique sequence of the teaching material. Learning how to mate is postponed as long as possible. This sounds astonishing and even incredible but up till now, practice has shown that this approach works perfectly. Children learn to play chess very well, for sure if they get enough time in between to play and practice.


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