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