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Games & Activities Where Learning Math
is inevitable:

  • Yahtzee
  • Blokus
  • SET
  • Sudoku
  • Mazes
  • Dice Games
  • Pattern Blocks
  • Mosaic Tiles
  • Mancala
  • Backgammon
  • Monopoly
  • Uno
  • Five Crowns
  • Buzz
  • Chess
  • Cooking
  • online puzzle games
  • Saving allowance
  • Selling old toys 
  • Making change
  • estimating sale percentages
  • Playing Music
  • Drawing/Painting
  • DragonBox 5+ or 12+
  • Bedtime Math
Building Projects: 
  • a sand box,
  • a dining table for dolls with removable leaves
  • a magic box for making a doll disappear during a magic act in a talent show
  • designs for a clubhouse
  • FOrts

See multiple short vidoes at the above link.

Or watch Between the Folds at GreenFuseFilms

Upworthy did a quick interpretation/overview  of the video here (Math & Van Gogh's The Starry Night.)

Unschooling Mom2Mom Moms

Three women you'll recognize from the Unschooling Mom2Mom Facebook page have written extensively about learning math. Some of their writings are at their blogs or in other publications.

Homeschooler Post  | Pam Sorooshian

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

Unschooling Me | Linda Wyatt

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

JoyfullyReJoycing | Joyce Fetteroll

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

Learning Happens | Pam Sorooshian's Blog

Pam again.. but this time with her suggestions and explanations about Math Games! 

And 'Rithmetic

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



How can children naturally learn mathematics?

Math Rant

Frank Maier | Singularity

5 Reasons Why You Don't Need To Teach Math

Penelope Trunk

A Mathematician's Lament

Paul Lockhart

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

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

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

 Life Learning Magazine | Unschooling Math Articles

         Rebecca McClure
         Rachel Gathercole 
         Holly Graff

A dodecahedral craft from Vi Hart

Unschooling Math

We worry so much about how the kids are going to learn math! Let these writers reassure you that math does not need to be a brutal struggle! Don't pass your math phobias on to your children!