One thing I've been inspired to do is learn how to play chess...and teach our children. We had a college student visit us during the summer and he is very good at chess. He convinced me that chess is "brain sport" and really helps develop the mind. Last night I started trying to find some good resources to first of all learn, and then to try and find something somewhat interactive. I came across a site called "Chess Kid" that was helpful. You can sign up for free, and you can sign up as a parent/coach and then add the kids that you want to learn. You can go to a "learn" section and it teaches you step by step about the pieces, how the board is set up, and then moves on to strategy. I learned a lot in a very short time. I wanted to try and play a simple game and that's where I started to lose interest because it wanted to set me up with online people I didn't know and then the games that you could set up against the computer didn't really look like a full game...just specific strategies. But, once you set your kids up you can play against each other (at least that's what I think it said). It definitely got me up to speed on the basics. I also found a 3-in-1 chess, tic tac toe, and checkers set at Walmart for less than $10. It was just right for our purposes.
Another thing I want to do next week is pick out a pumpkin. We don't always get to do this every year and I found out there's a pumpkin patch with a corn maze and other fun things to do. We have really enjoyed pumpkin carving in the past so I think we need to do that while we've got some down time! : )
Next weekend we're also visiting my alma mater, Berry College, for it's annual Mountain Day. This year will be my 15 year reunion (and yes, I do feel old right now) and it's also the 100th anniversary of the college. I can't even cover how much I loved my 4 years at Berry. I spent my summers working there, too, so it really felt like home during that time. I was able to explore several neat spots and made SO many memories! Here are a few pics of the campus <3 .="" p="">
The Grand March on Mountain Day The Ford buildings on campus...I lived here!
I can't wait to go back...after all these years! I have visited since I graduated but I haven't been on Mountain Day since my senior year. The story of Martha Berry and how she founded the school is fascinating. I hope we'll be able to fit in a little of the history while we're there.
This is also the first week of the fair! We LOVE going to the fair each year as a family. There are fun rides but also a circus, animal exhibits, and last year we did the petting zoo. A definite October activity that we look forward to...and it can be educational! : )
There are plenty of fall crafts, too. The blog Art for Kids is having a Fall Art Contest! They are giving away a great set of art supplies as a prize and entries are due on October 6th! I think we're definitely going to try to do this! Click on my link to get the guidelines.
Happy fall, everyone! I'll be back in the groove next week with week 7 and as many activities as I can find ; ).3>