Learning Math

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:

GAMES: 

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

REAL LIFE: 

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

APPS:

  • Dragonbox 5+ OR 12+
  • Bedtime Math

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

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

Pam Sorooshian, an economics professor and math enthusiast, writes a column called "What About Math?  Here are a few of the articles:

Reading Math
Emotional Connection to Math
Are Boys Really Better than Girls at Math?
Creative Thinking in Math

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

 

LEARNING HAPPENS | PAM SOROOSHIAN

PAM AGAIN.. But this time with her 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


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

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

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

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

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.