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:
LEARNING HAPPENS | PAM SOROOSHIAN
Pam Sorooshian, an economics professor and math enthusiast, suggestions and explanations about math games!
UNSCHOOLING ME | LINDA WYATT
Linda Wyatt has a variety of interests - and lucky for us, math is one of them!
JOYFULLYREJOYCING | JOYCE FETTEROLL
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!
- 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