3.14.2016

Unschooling math in a lot of fun ways

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Math is an integral part of daily activities from cooking and baking, shopping and planning, to fixing and building things. Kids in and out of school can "unschool" math with real-life activities and math manipulative toys such as dominoes, dice, pattern shapes, Cuisennaire rods, graphs, trays, rulers, scales, abacuses, calculators, LEGO, building and woodworking tools...
"At the age of five, when I entered the first grade, I could add, subtract, and multiply because Dad used to play numbers games with my sister and me in the car. He taught me the mastery of those skills within a matter of a few hours, not years and years as it took in school. We did all calculations in our heads with such gusto I seldom use a pencil today even for much more intricate computation." -- John Taylor Gatto, Underground History

My daughters love playing with numbers and shapes. At my eldest daughter's first required homeschool test at age 8, she ranked two grade levels ahead in math skills, which I found amusing given our casual approach. I talked more about my eldest daughter's very self-motivated math and other learning in the eBook: Unschooling Wins the Race.

Some fun math learning resources my girls and I have discovered:
What works for one kid doesn't necessary work for the other. Freedom to try lots of approaches is one of the beauties of unschooling.


Daughters love this book.
I've never thought math was frightening or difficult as so many people seem to think, starting in the early grades. Nor do I think we all need "advanced math." My husband needs it to program software, but I've never needed most of the math I learned in high school. Any math I need now, I either already know or I figure out.

That's mostly how my daughters learn. They'll ask a question, and I'll either know how to explain or I figure it out or ask my husband. My eldest likes to challenge herself with math puzzles and online games just for fun and the excitement of understanding a new concept and expanding possibilities for new uses.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the resources above. We unschool too, and my daughter seems to have a real aptitude for number and playing with them. So I would like to encourage her in that route and the resources listed above look like some great choices to do so with. She also is almost 7.5 and reading just a bit...I am fine wit that, but boy am I getting comments lately. I suspect she is just so busy with numbers right now, she is not interested in advancing on her reading as of yet. People just do not get it.
    She can add, subtract, multiply and divide all in her head, on her fingers or the abacus like gang busters. Her brother ah, not so much...But, he is my avid and very advanced reader. He wants to be a zoologist with a specialty in frogs and toads and my daughter wants to be an interior designer & photographer. So there you go....
    Thanks again for the great post!

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