Let's Talk About Math!
How do I not pass on my own Math Anxiety?
How do I not avoid math, simply because of my feelings about it?
What do I do to create a Math-Rich home?
What do I do if my kids are worried about their own math capabilities?
These are good ideas to think about and examine for ourselves.
Here's a great solution! ⬇️
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
- Collection of articles from Unschoolers about how their kids learn math
- Research to help you see the truth about math
... and so much more!
A Few Facts to Remember
Math weaves through every day life. All the time! We can help our kids notice it too, if they're feeling they're "lacking in math." Think about all the ways you/they use math in daily activities. You could go room by room - grab a clipboard - look for the math in each room of your house. This will help you break the grip of the fear that says, "All math must be learned in a textbook format!"
Math is way more than computation and notation. This is truly the shallow end of the pool, so to speak. Really understanding math conceptually makes the rest of it fall into it's own logical place.
Rote memorization is so unnecessary! We have calculators on our phones to handle that part.
Math, in school, is out of context and feels irrelevant. That's why we often don't remember it. But when we play with math concepts, it's IN context and it makes more sense.
Notice where math pops up in kids play - including videogames and apps. This will reassure you, and remind you that math really is everywhere.
Read More about Unschooling and Math
Unschooling parents have been trying to help everyone view math differently.
Here are some of our blog favorites:
Helpful tips for getting over your own resistance to math!
Pam Sorooshian shares books that are fun to read – about math!
Pam Sorooshian poses some questions to see our emotional connection to math
An interesting collection of studies by economist, Pam Sorooshian.
Let's think more creatively about math! Here are some ideas and suggestions.
Unschooling Q & A with Sue Patterson – “How DO older unschooled kids learn the math they need to know?”
Michael left school after 1st grade and never took another math class until college. Want to know what that path looked like?
The amount of math in Minecraft is astounding. This article will help you see what math the kids are learning - as well as other subjects - while they play.
Find the 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!
- 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
- 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
- Dragonbox 5+ OR 12+
- Bedtime Math