*Unschoolers' Thoughts on Math*

*Unschooling parents have been trying to help everyone view math differently over at the Unschooling Mom2Mom FB group as well as in blogposts.
Here are some favorites:*

**At the UM2M BLOG: **

*Reading Math*

*Emotional Connection to Math*

*Are Boys Really Better than Girls at Math?*

*Creative Thinking in Math*

#### Unschooling Math and Older Kids

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#### LEARNING HAPPENS | PAM SOROOSHIAN

*Pam Sorooshian, an economics professor and math enthusiast, *suggestions and explanations about math games!

DICE GAMES - SEQUENCING

NIM GAMES

GAME OF SET

FLING, FLANG, FLOO

SERIAL NUMBER POKER Hand

PLUS ONE

WIPE OUT

#### UNSCHOOLING ME | LINDA WYATT

*Linda Wyatt has a variety of interests - and lucky for us, math is one of them!*

ALGEBRA BEFORE BREAKFAST

MATH: THE WAY YOU LIKE IT

A DAY IN MATHVERSE

CLANDESTINE MATH LAB

#### JOYFULLYREJOYCING | JOYCE FETTEROLL

*Joyce Fetteroll, an engineer, writes about math in various forums, and also at her blog.
*SPEAKING MATH

UNSCHOOLING MATH

MATH

THE SENSELESSNESS OF SCHOOL MATH

LIFE LEARNING MAGAZINE | WENDY PRIESNITZ

Math in the Real World - Things that don't look like math but really are | REBECCA MCCLURE

Zen and the Art of Unschooling Math | RACHEL GATHERCOLE

One and a Quarter Pizzas - an Unschooling Math Adventure | HOLLY GRAFF

### How DO Unschoolers Learn Math without a Curriculum?

After 25 years of talking with unschooling families around the world, Sue Patterson shares what she's learned about how we learn math. In this 20+ page magazine format, you'll learn:

- Ways to reframe how you see math
- Practical suggestions to use with your own kids
- Research to help you see the truth about math

... and so much more!

### More to Read...

**AND 'RITHMETIC **by DANIEL GREENBERG | *SCRIBD
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*Daniel Greenberg from Sudbury School, describes how 12 kids aged 9-12 learned the entire K-12 math curriculum in 20 hours - because they wanted to know it. *

**KIDS LEARN MATH EASILY WHEN THEY CONTROL THEIR OWN LEARNING** by PETER GRAY | *PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
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*"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?" ** by JUNAID MUBEE | *STUDENT VOICES
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*The problem that shook school mathematics and how to liberate students from authoritarian math instruction*

**UNSCHOOLING MATHS** RACHEL | RACHEOUS - RESPECTFUL LEARNING & PARENTING

*How can children naturally learn mathematics?*

**MATH RANT** FRANK MAIER | SINGULARITY

*Always entertaining and thought-provoking.*

**A MATHEMATICIAN'S LAMENT** PAUL LOCKHART

*This PDF gets to the heart of why school math is bad*

**BENEZET CENTRE** 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

*Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math
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**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.*

**5 REASONS WHY YOU DON'T NEED TO TEACH MATH ** PENELOPE TRUNK

**THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL MATH** LAURA GRACE WELDON | FREE RANGE LEARNING

**JUST DO THE MATH** DAVID ALBERT | BEST OF HOMESCHOOLING BLOG

## Find the Math!

*We worry so much about how the kids are going to learn math!
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*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!

Don't pass your math phobias on to your children!

**GAMES: **

- Yahtzee
- Blokus
- Set
- SUDOKU
- Mazes
- Dice Games
- Pattern Blocks
- Mosaic Tiles
- Mancala
- Backgammon
- Monopoly
- UNO
- Five Crowns
- BUZZ
- Chess
- Online Puzzle Games

**More Game Suggestions Here**

**REAL LIFE: **

- Cooking
- Sewing
- Saving Allowance
- Selling Old Toys
- Making Change
- Estimating Sale Percentages
- Leaving Tips
- Playing Music
- Drawing/Painting

**BUILDING PROJECTS: **

- 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
- Forts

**TECHNOLOGY/APPS:**

- Minecraft
- Roblox
- NumberBlocks
- Dragonbox 5+ OR 12+
- Bedtime Math

### STILL not sure about math?

We have a weekly Q & A over on the Facebook group - join us!

#### Unschooling Q & A

Tuesdays

12-2 PM Central

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!

## Videos and Podcasts to Help You Embrace Math

**MORE ABOUT Math & Van Gogh's The Starry Night**

Upworthy did a quick interpretation/ overview of the video

**A GIANT LIST OF INTERESTING MATH VIDEOS ** by VI HART | VIHART.COM

*Fun videos and virtual reality*