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 10 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 seven 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 combine 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 mathematic 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 diversive 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 centres worldwide.
Ho Math and Chess™ offers specialized math courses to children
in grades 1-8.
- 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 in using chess is 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).