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                                       Chess

Hello from the father of the house. Alright, this is for all the father's of the world that don't know what to do to get their children to have interest in anything. Video games and tv have taken control of your house; work has become a nightmare and it takes all you have to make ends meet. Time is running out fast and OMG that vacation is juast a waste of a week due to everyone having their own agendas.

Here is an awesome unschooling activity that the whole family. I like to call it "Chess Boards and Kingdoms".

All you need is a chess board and pieces, now don't hyperventilate this is super easy, and if you don't know how to play chess just go online and get a few simple pointers from a chess playing site. If you do know how to play, this is a good way to keep your kids thinking.

First, run through a fast game and teach the kids how to play. Once you have done that a good exercise for patience is to take it a move a day per player. Hope you have a location to set up free from pets, etc. Explain to our kids the roles of the pieces:

Pawn-is a defensive pieces and is basically used for sacrificial support

Rook- is a surprise piece and used to move in the shadows

Knight- he can battle on a different field using it's "L" shaped moving pattern

Bishop- he commands respect as he moves in diagonal aspects

Queen_ the lover who would fight for her King, she ravises the field and destroys enemies with a single blow

King-he is a piece I always had a hard time understanding. He can not kill. He can oly move one space at a time and look for the peaceful way to win.

Anyways, there are several ways to enjoy a chess game and I have found that it only takes a while for a child to adjust to the battlefield that is chess. Give this a shot and pretty soon your children will be taking over your kingdom. Chess gives them skills that we all need in adulthoold. Patience, thinking things through, remembering patterns, math skills, and learning to challenge themselves. You will see them grow in a way that you might not have thought possible before.

Here are some links to learn to play chess for free:

http://www.chesskid.com

Your Queen the lover who would fight for her King, she ravishes the field and destroys enemies with a single blow.  The King is a piece I always had a hard time understanding, I can not kill, I can only move one space at a time and I look for the peaceful way to win.  Any way there are several ways to enjoy a chess game and I have found that it only takes a while for a child to adjust to the battlefield that is chess.  Give this a shot and pretty soon they will be taking over your kingdom.  This skill gives them skills that we all need in adult hood.  Patience, thinking things through, remembering patterns, math skills, challenging themselves. You will see them grow in a way you might think impossible. Here is a link to learn to play chess for free.  http://www.