Kids must already know how to play chess. There is little in-class instruction. Kids play against each other right from the start of class. See chessiselementary.substack.com for more info.
Homework Expectation: outside of class, at least 15 min a day or an hour per week chess activity (of any kind). Every kid is added to our virtual club on ChessKid.com and given a full featured, premium account for the semester. At each class meeting there is an award ceremony for significant progress in their lessons on ChessKid or high position on the virtual club leaderboard.
Testing child’s ability to play: the child should be able to independently play and checkmate this bot: https://www.kidchess.com/play-chess/ezchess/