We worry so much about how the kids are going to learn math! Let these ideas reassure you that math does not need to be a brutal struggle!
Don't pass your math phobias on to your children!
GAMES & ACTIVITIES
Where Learning Math is Inevitable:
- Dice Games
- Pattern Blocks
- Mosaic Tiles
- Five Crowns
- Online Puzzle Games
- Saving Allowance
- Selling Old Toys
- Making Change
- Estimating Sale Percentages
- Leaving Tips
- Playing Music
- Dragonbox 5+ OR 12+
- Bedtime Math
- A Sand Box
- A Dining Table with Removable leaves for Dolls
- A Magic Box for making toys disappear during a magic act
- Props for a Talent Show
- Designs for a clubhouse
Three women you'll recognize from the Unschooling Mom2Mom Facebook page have written extensively about learning math in a variety of publications.
Here are the links to get you started!
HOMESCHOOLER POST | PAM SOROOSHIAN
UNSCHOOLING ME | LINDA WYATT
Linda Wyatt has a variety of interests - and lucky for us, math is one of them!
JOYFULLYREJOYCING | JOYCE FETTEROLL
LEARNING HAPPENS | PAM SOROOSHIAN
PAM AGAIN.. But this time with her suggestions and explanations about math games!
More to Read...
SCRIBD | DANIEL GREENBERG
Daniel Greenberg, of the Sudbury School, describes how 12 kids aged 9-12 learned the entire K-12 math curriculum in 20 contact hours - because they wanted to know it.
KIDS LEARN MATH EASILY WHEN THEY CONTROL THEIR OWN LEARNING
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY | PETER GRAY
"Math outside of school is fun, useful and joyfully learned.... Unschoolers and Sudbury schoolers defy our cultural beliefs about what kids must do to succeed in our society. All available evidence shows that the kids in these settings grow up to become happy, productive, ethical members of the larger society, who continue to take charge of their own lives and learning throughout adulthood"
"HOW OLD IS THE SHEPHERD?"
STUDENT VOICES | JUNAID MUBEE
The problem that shook school mathematics and how to liberate students from authoritarian math instruction
RACHEL | RACHEOUS - RESPECTFUL LEARNING & PARENTING
How can children naturally learn mathematics?
FRANK MAIER | SINGULARITY
Always entertaining and thought-provoking.
5 REASONS WHY YOU DON'T NEED TO TEACH MATH
A MATHEMATICIAN'S LAMENT
This PDF gets to the heart of why school math is bad
THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL MATH
LAURA GRACE WELDON | FREE RANGE LEARNING
JUST DO THE MATH
DAVID ALBERT | BEST OF HOMESCHOOLING BLOG
THE INFERENCE GROUP | CAVENDISH LABORATORY, CAMBRIDGE
In 1929, Superintendent Louis Benezet pioneered the idea that conceptual math is what should be the focus through 7th grade - logic, problem solving etc. Rote memorization is useless.
5-YEAR-OLDS CAN LEARN CALCULUS
LUBA VAGELOVA | THE ATLANTIC
WHAT HOMESCHOOLERS CAN LEARN FROM FINLAND'S MATH SUCCESS
ALICIA BAYER | THE EXAMINER
Not unschooling, but showing a shift in thinking about how kids learn math.
A GIANT LIST OF INTERESTING MATH VIDEOS
VI HART | VIHART.COM
Fun videos and virtual reality
UNSCHOOLING MATH ARTICLES
WENDY PRISNEITZ | LIFE LEARNING MAGAZINE
Zen and the Art of Unschooling Math
STILL not sure about math?
Join us over in the Facebook group and ask your questions. Many of us have a lot of school-induced math issues. We think, "I'll unschool everything except math!" But schools do a terrible job at really helping kids learn about math. Let's talk about it some more - join us over on FB.