About Ho Math & Chess

Ho Math and Chess™ is a specialty math after school learning centre headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Intrigued by the relationship between math and chess and after teaching chess to his son, Mr. Frank Ho, a Canadian certified math teacher, started Ho Math and Chess™ over 17 years ago. His long term devotion of research led him to create the world’s first integrated math and chess workbook for elementary students in 1997. To date, Frank Ho has published over 30 math and chess workbooks.

Ho Math and Chess™ Learning Centre has become a well-known and very reputable learning centre. In 2004, Frank started to franchise his teaching method and ideas worldwide. Today, Ho Math and Chess™ is the world leading research organization in the field of math and chess integrated teaching.

Ho Math and Chess™ offers traditional school math plus emphasis on word problem solving. Enriched students by combining the teaching of math, word problem solving, and chess/puzzles all in one class. The combo of a math and chess class uses chess as a teaching tool to enhance a student's problem solving ability.

The mission of Ho Math and Chess™ is to challenge each student's potential to the fullest and to excel each student's problem-solving ability to the highest by providing a unique and enriched mathematics curriculum. Our objectives are for students to take pride in their problem-solving abilities, to develop their independent thinking skills and to excel in their school mathematics grades. We also strive to maintain high achievers in mathematics.

The founder's teaching philosophy is to help every student tap into their potential and curiosity, using a variety of math and puzzle worksheets with problem-solving materials. These diversify workbooks are flexibly tailored to each student's learning needs. This tradition of emphasizing problem-solving skills and placing as much importance to them as computation is the foundation of all Ho Math and Chess™ learning centre worldwide.

Ho Math and Chess™ offers specialized math courses to children in grades 1-9.

• To improve math marks.
• To develop problem solving ability and critical thinking ability.
• To advance chess knowledge.
• To boost brainpower.

The slogan, "MATH + CHESS = A cool way to learn math," points to the fact that we teach MATH in a cool way. Ho Math and Chess™ Learning Centre emphasizes the MATH with the chess as being an enhancer to MATH. Math and chess are not placed equally on the same scale. Teaching time is spent mostly on math. Chess puzzles are only treated as "exercises" in mixed math and chess classes. The purpose and philosophy of the Ho Math and Chess™ Learning Centre is using chess to help improve a student's math ability, not chess play ability. Although, there is a high possibility that a student could play chess better (by knowing more about chess).

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Ho Math and Chess Nigeria is run by Johnson Yaya, a First Class Graduate of Computer Science and Master Degree holder from a top university in the UK. Johnson is a CommonWealth Scholar who has excelled in various mathematical examinations and competitions ranges from elementary to advance mathematics.

His passion for mathematics and the desire for change led him to carry out extensive research on the best teaching method that will aid the development of mathematical ability in children. He believes that math is cool, fun and easy when introduce at the right age and thought with the best methods.

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Why Chess?

Chess is used as a learning tool to improve a student's problem-solving ability and critical thinking skills in the areas of logic, pattern, perception, coordination, spatial relations, decision making and visualization

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Class size ratio

Each class size ratio of teacher to students is 1-6 student(s) to a teacher and every student progresses at his or her own pace. Even if students are at the same grade level, it does not mean that they will be working on the same concepts within the course.