Learning Math

Are You Worried About Math?

One of the most popular Unschooling Guides is the one about how Unschoolers learn Math! But - as a fellow procrastinator - I know that even when we snag the PDF, we tuck it away safely and sometimes don't get back to it!

So every month in the Creating Confidence Membership group, we do a Walk-Through of one of the Unschooling Guides. And this month, we've chosen

Unschooling Guide: Learning Math!

On Wednesday at TWO different times (to coordinate all the time zones!) we will walk-through this Unschooling Guide and help you tackle this fear of math!

I love being able to do this with other parents! Together we can get questions answered AND remove something from your To Do List!

Click to Subscribe to the Membership group. It's a month-by-month $49 subscription - come for the walk-through and stay as long as you like. Cancel anytime.

The $15 Unschooling Guide is included the membership price!

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Let's Talk About Math!

Many people have all kinds of ideas about math that interfere with embracing unschooling whole-heartedly. Lots of times, that's because of how WE learned (or didn't learn) math in school. So the questions often become:
  • 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

As we begin to trust the unschooling process - where we don't use artificial separations for subjects - we may need to dismantle some of our preconceived ideas about math.


🔸 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.

🔸 Learning math CONCEPTS will give kids better success when they're older and want to take more abstract classes in math. They'll have life experiences to hook these ideas onto.

Read More about Unschooling and Math

Unschooling parents have been trying to help everyone view math differently.
Here are some of our blog favorites:

Why Do We Resist Math?

Helpful tips for getting over your own resistance to math!

Reading Math

Pam Sorooshian shares books that are fun to read – about math!

Emotional Connection to Math

Pam Sorooshian poses some questions to see our emotional connection to math

Are Boys Really Better than Girls at Math?

An interesting collection of studies by economist, Pam Sorooshian.

Creative Thinking in Math

Let's think more creatively about math! Here are some ideas and suggestions.

Unschooling Math and Older Kids

Unschooling Q & A with Sue Patterson – “How DO older unschooled kids learn the math they need to know?”

Michael's Unschooling Math Path

Michael left school after 1st grade and never took another math class until college. Want to know what that path looked like?

Embracing Minecraft

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!


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



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


  • 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


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

Unschooler's Favorite Games

We collected an extensive list of games you and your kids might also enjoy.


Videos and Podcasts to Help You Embrace Math

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