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Grades 3 - 8
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Course Schedule

2022-08-25 - 2023-04-30
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Thu: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cost: $50 / Semester
Supplies: $0
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About the Course

This class will introduce the fundamentals and basic strategies for beginner students interested in learning how to play Chess. 

Each class will begin with learning the history of Chess, and examine Benjamin Franklin's reflections from "The Morals of Chess," written in 1786.  Next, we will discuss the rules for playing, and eventually move to learning some of the most common strategies, such as the "Fried Liver Attack" opening and defense.  Then, students will have an opportunity to play their peers, matched appropriately upon age and experience.  Good sportsmanship will be prioritized above ability.           

I will be providing chess sets for use during class as well as printed materials for practice.  Students should have their own chess sets for home play/practice. 

The book we will examine and discuss in class is an optional purchase, available at:





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About JoAnna

I am incredibly excited to teach 1st/2nd Grade Grammar/Writing, and 3rd-8th Grade Beginners Chess this year! Students will enjoy the livelihood of these courses, and the information learned will provide solid foundations in future coursework.
I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from IU Southeast in 2002. I was an Admissions Counselor at IU Southeast for eight years, and then a Resource Specialist for the Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence for another two years, before deciding to stay at home to homeschool. I absolutely love the joy and academic freedom that homeschooling has brought to our family.

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