Instructor’s Manual

Initiation first year

Helping children discover bridge?

The aim of this new method is twofold:

  • Give to children, within a single year, a global view on bridge playing.
  • Make children enjoy playing bridge and make them want to go on playing among themselves.

The time devoted to mini-bridge has been reduced to allow introducing simple bidding notions.
Bridge is a game : children shouldn’t consider bridge lessons as just another school discipline; the few indispensable theoretical notions must be transmitted interactively, cards in hand.
This is why we suggest a certain number of short exercises to be done within a few minutes cards on table; They will have to be prepared beforehand.
For each session, four easy hands are proposed; however they might still be too difficult for some of your pupils; don’t comment them for too long, but just focus on the hand objectives, encourage any kind of initiative and always keep in mind that what’s the most important is that children play.
Don’t feel guilty if they sometimes play only three hands, the fourth one being meant for the quickest pupils, as it isn’t really possible to play free hands in the context of a session.
It is necessary to regularly introduce pauses in the teaching progression. Short pre-scored (therefore possible with a very little number of pupils) mini-tournaments to be organized instead of one or two session will give your pupils an occasion to put what they have learned to practice.
Of course, at the beginning, their approach of bridge will be mainly recreational. Later on, the normal loss in the number of pupils will only leave you with the most motivated children and you will be able to start with them a true learning process. 
I wish you a nice academic year.

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