Talk about a smart group of kids! Last week I had the opportunity to visit with the students at Garwood Elementary in Idaho. I asked them what they like about chess and their answers were wonderful, so much more than, “It’s fun.” One little girl said, “I love chess because it helps me strategize.” Those thinking skills are so important! On that note, I taught the students the APE Dance before I left. Now it has nothing to do with monkeys, it’s all about Analyzing, Planning, and Executing, those valuable skills used on the chessboard and in life. Send me a note if your classroom would like to learn the APE Dance. I loved visiting Garwood and hope to be in more schools soon, maybe I will visit your school next!