PSYCHOMOTOR SKILLS AND CHESS

Psycho-motor learning is the relationship between the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, senses functions, and physical movement. Psycho-motor learning is demonstrated by physical skills such as movement, coordination, manipulation, dexterity, grace, strength, and speed.


Children learn through the fun of play to respect and control their bodies, as well as being given the

chance to express themselves and establish interpersonal relationships through movement, increasing consciousness and perception of their physical self.


The International Chess Federation has developed an Early Years Skills program. The program teaches basic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) skills to young children (4-6) using psychomotricity techniques (games, song, dance) on a giant chessboard.

The quality and awareness of movement that such exercises provide have a direct and positive effect on the entire range of a child’s psychological resources: the ability to communicate, perceive and resolve problems, to recognize him or herself as an individual – in short, they supply indispensable tools for successful interaction with others.

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