Learning Math

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
  • Research to help you see the truth about math

... and so much more!

Unschoolers' Thoughts on Math

Unschooling parents have been trying to help everyone view math differently over at the Unschooling Mom2Mom FB group as well as in blogposts.
Here are some favorites:

At the UM2M BLOG: 

Reading Math

Emotional Connection to Math

Are Boys Really Better than Girls at Math?

Creative Thinking in Math

Unschooling Math and Older Kids

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LEARNING HAPPENS | PAM SOROOSHIAN

Pam Sorooshian, an economics professor and math enthusiast, 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

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


LIFE LEARNING MAGAZINE | WENDY PRIESNITZ

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

More to Read...

AND 'RITHMETIC by DANIEL GREENBERG |  SCRIBD
Daniel Greenberg from Sudbury School, describes how 12 kids aged 9-12 learned the entire K-12 math curriculum in 20 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 RACHEL | RACHEOUS - RESPECTFUL LEARNING & PARENTING
How can children naturally learn mathematics?

MATH RANT  FRANK MAIER | SINGULARITY
Always entertaining and thought-provoking.

A MATHEMATICIAN'S LAMENT  PAUL LOCKHART
This PDF gets to the heart of why school math is bad

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.

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

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

JUST DO THE MATH DAVID ALBERT | BEST OF HOMESCHOOLING BLOG

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!

GAMES: 

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

 

More Game Suggestions Here

REAL LIFE: 

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

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

TECHNOLOGY/APPS:

  • Minecraft
  • Roblox
  • NumberBlocks
  • Dragonbox 5+ OR 12+
  • Bedtime Math
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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