Unschooling Resources: Using Math in Everyday Life


Books

The Book of Cards for Kids by Gail MacColl
Simple instructions for 35 card games.

Curve Stitching: The Art of Sewing Beautiful Mathematical Designs by Jon Millington
Straight lines stitched to make curves! And, if you're interested in curve stitching, try these websites: Curve Stitching on Graphing Calculators and Online Curve Stitching.

Funny Money by Florence Temko
"Jokes, coin tricks, money-folding fun, trivia and lots more!" This book's got it all. Highly recommended.

If You Made a Million by David M. Schwartz
Shows how much a million dollars really is, how much it earns in interest, and how checks work.

Websites

Barcode Clock

Be an Architect
"Describe your house and draw the floor plan, then draw the exterior elevation on the site you select! And then you can save or print your design to show others!"

Calendars Through the Ages
Wonderful site on the history, astronomy and mathematics behind the world's calendars.

Create a Graph

Escape from Knab
An online game in which you're stuck on an alien planet and must save enough money to fly back home. Fill out your W4, learn how to write a check, decide how much to spend on transportation, food, etc., and more!

  A Few Words About Unschooling Math
Unschooler Luz Shosie's fabulous article on the many ways we use math in everyday life. This article can also be found in Live Free Learn Free's first issue.

FlyBy Math
From NASA: "FlyBy Math consists of six Air Traffic Control (ATC) Problems (numbered 0 through 5). Each examines a different distance-rate-time air traffic scenario that an air traffic controller might encounter."

Free Online Graph Paper
This astounding site offers dozens of printable pages, not only of common types of graph paper, but also of musical staff paper and tablature, hexagonal graph paper (great for role-playing games), "tumbling-block" paper (fun to color), number lines, Celtic knotwork graph paper, Chinese character guide papers, and many more! (Post #728)

From Boring to Board Games: Math Can Be Fun! by Elise Griffith
This HEM article offers numerous ways to use math in real life situations. A great read!

GameTheory.net
"Java applets, online simulations, and game theory demonstrations."

  Hot Shot Business
In this online game, kids open a pet spa, a comic shop, or a skateboard factory. They have to compete with other businesses, advertise, capitalize on trends, make inventory decisions, etc.

How Far Is It?
From the website: "This service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies)."

How Much Is That?
Ever wonder how much $2 in 1926 would be in today's world?

Inflation Calculator
What would that penny candy from the late 1800s cost today? How much would that new car have cost sixty years ago? Find out here! (Post #976)

Kids' Money
Wondering how to make some cash? Check out this fun site! Also includes articles for parents and kids' money resources.

Lemonade Stand (Post #6)

A MAP-ematical Dilemma
"The PayLess Map Company plans to print a new United States map and has hired you as the official Color Advisor. Your job is to select a color for each state and keep the cost down by limiting the number of colors. How many colors do you think you'll need?"

Math in Daily Life
Presented by the Annenberg/CPB Project, this site explores probability, interest, population growth, home decoratin, population growth and more!

Mathletics
"You never thought math was in sports? Just think about it.... Every sport uses numbers in some way, whether it's for scoring, determining averages, or figuring percentages. And when numbers are involved, it usually means math is as well."

Moneyopolis
A slick online game about making and spending money. Learn about net worth, income, fixed and variable expenses, and more! Very cool!

Music and Math a la Mozart
"Did you know that a 200-year old musical dice game uses probability and other mathematical concepts to help compose music. Find out how you can compose your own music using the flip of a coin or a roll of the dice."

Online Conversions
Distance, temperature, clothing sizes and much, much more.

Practical Uses of Math and Science
This list of examples, created by NASA includes dozens of practical uses for mathematics. Learn about the probablilty of having to stop at a traffic light, the mathematical implications of lying, and how the pythagorean theorem can keep those cabinets square.

Transformational Geometry and Iteration in Cornrow Hairstyles
This amazing website blends beauty and geometry seamlessly. Learn about reflection, rotation, dilation and more!

  Where's George?
"Do you ever wonder where that paper money in your pocket has been, or where it will go next? This is the place to find out." Very cool site!

Young Investor
Everything a kid (or adult!) could want to know about investing.


Miscellaneous

Plus magazine free!
Plus is an Internet magazine published five times a year which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics. Whether you want to know how to build a sundial, how to keep your messages safe or what shape the universe is, it's all here.

Cooking
Meausing out the flour and oil, doubling the recipe, halving the recipe.... And, you get to eat the finished product! What could be better?

Meausing things
Grab a ruler, a measuing tape, a yardstick and find interesting things to measure!

Timers
Give a kid a hand-held timer and let the race begin!

Pedometers
These sell for only $3 or $4. Clip one on and see how many steps it is across a room, across the yard, to the mailbox, to the park. How many steps are taken in a day, a week, a month, a year? How many steps are taken during a lifetime?

Money
Figuring out how to save for items, making change, etc. Also, don't shelter children from the family finances. Let them know how much money comes in and where it all goes. Perhaps a little one would enjoy writing out the checks for monthly bills. Older ones can help with budgeting.

Games
See general math resources.

Schoolhouse Rock: Money Rock
"Dollars and Sense," "Tax Man Max," "Where the Money Goes" and more. You can find these on cd/cassette or dvd/vhs.

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