*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 DANIEL 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.*

##### A MATHEMATICIAN'S LAMENT by PAUL LOCKHART

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

##### 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.*

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

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

##### JUST DO THE MATH by DAVID ALBERT | BEST OF HOMESCHOOLING BLOG

##### 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!

**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.