I don't know what's the best way to teach kids chess, but I've seen several occasions the following paraphrased conversation:
kid: "I thought my opponent would move here and then do this to give me double pawns, so I moved my piece to this square."
coach: "Did you see that moving your piece to this square allows your opponent to take a piece for free?"
Hmmm.. why is this kid so concerned with doubled pawns when he cannot keep his pieces on the board? Show me a game between two players less than 10 years old that was decided because one of them had doubled pawns and I'll show you a future grandmaster.
Yesterday when I was playing online chess, my son sat next to me. I started asking him what would he play next. Then I started pointing him the things that could go wrong with his suggestions. He got very interested and forced me to stay on the game longer than I had planned. At least with my kid, playing others while tagging me and him as one team seems to be working...
My kids like to check out the (slow chess) games online. (They know if I'm looking at the chess board, chess is the only subject of conversation.) There's usually a few teaching moments there.
They also really like their Fritz and Chesster software.
Just keep the lessons short.
yh good idea
The idea of starting with pawns and adding pieces, as outlined by Brewed, has worked with me when I've taught classes of kids how to play the game. You may be interested to know that Susan Polgar has published a fairly lengthy method for teaching kids. I contacted her via her blog and obtained one for free.
I went to her web site couldnt find the book so I emailed her and one of her reps replied that she only had a kids video for sale. Could you give me some more info about what she gave you like title ect.. thanks for any reply
I was taught by my father when I was 6 and I have taught several children.
Young kids tend to turn generalities into absolutes.
"Don't move a piece more than once in the opening"
and so forth, all become dangerous absolutes.
Also, the hardest thing to teach a child is that ones oponent will usually make the best move rather than the worse. You will find that when they play against each other, each game will have its own rules. When I was 11, I played a classmate who asked me if he could take one of his own pieces off the board. I looked at it and said all right. Later I asked him why he did that and he said that he had something in mind but I didn't do the "right thing".
My main point is that there are emotional maturity elements that are beyaond the scope of instruction. They will mature into the game. Let them "scribble" with each other and have fun. When you actually give them a lesson, stick with very vague stuff like "try to get your pieces to work together". When playing "against" them, say "I am now going to make a mistake, and do not move until you are sure you see it" and keep your mistake obvious and something that illustrates the point you are teaching them.
I was taught chess in first grade
I am not sure if they can handle advanced rules like that though
Just teach them how the peices move and they will learn gradually. Don't force them to learn too much in a little time.