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!
UM2M BLOG | 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...
AND 'RITHMETIC by ANIEL GREENBERG | SCRIBD
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 by PETER GRAY | PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
"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
The problem that shook school mathematics and how to liberate students from authoritarian math instruction
UNSCHOOLING MATHS by RACHEL | RACHEOUS - RESPECTFUL LEARNING & PARENTING
How can children naturally learn mathematics?
MATH RANT by FRANK MAIER | SINGULARITY
Always entertaining and thought-provoking.
5 REASONS WHY YOU DON'T NEED TO TEACH MATH by PENELOPE TRUNK
A MATHEMATICIAN'S LAMENT by PAUL LOCKHART
This PDF gets to the heart of why school math is bad
THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL MATH by LAURA GRACE WELDON | FREE RANGE LEARNING
JUST DO THE MATH by DAVID ALBERT | BEST OF HOMESCHOOLING BLOG
BENEZET CENTRE by 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 by LUBA VAGELOVA | THE ATLANTIC
WHAT HOMESCHOOLERS CAN LEARN FROM FINLAND'S MATH SUCCESS by ALICIA BAYER | THE EXAMINER
Not unschooling, but showing a shift in thinking about how kids learn math.
UNSCHOOLING MATH ARTICLES
WENDY PRISNEITZ | LIFE LEARNING MAGAZINE
- 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
Videos and Podcasts
to help you embrace 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.