Skyline Tower- Journal 5
Two weeks ago, the Homework Center at Skyline Towers was very similar to the previous few weeks. It was pretty slow at times due to the tax service they offered for the parents (many parents want their kids home before they go to the tax service). Also, as the weather got nicer outside, fewer and fewer students seemed to come; however, there were still a few of rushes when kids filled the Homework Center. The kids who were there were those who had been there consistently all semester. Most of their questions were math related dealing with a variety of subjects like long division or multiplication of fractions. Most of them finished quickly and either went outside to play, or stayed around and played board games.
Chess was one of the favorites this past week and I was surprised that kids that young knew how to play. I played with one girl who was in second grade and was on her school’s chess team. She knew how to play and did rather well for her age. I talked with one of the other volunteers and we began thinking what a great idea it is to teach young students chess. It involves strategy, thinking ahead, and a player must be aware of multiple threats during the course of a game.