Unschooling Resources: General Math


Most games involve some sort of math, even if it's just keeping score or rolling the dice and moving around the board. That said, here are some math-oriented favorites:

Great for learning about grids.

Card games of all sorts: War, Crazy Eights, Hearts, Go Fish, Poker, Rummy, etc.



CountDown by Cadaco
Players add, subtract, multiply and divide dice rolls in order to turn over each of their number tiles. Easily configurable for players of all levels.

Instructions for the game can be found here. Easy to make out of egg cartons and marbles, or a nice wooden set can be bought fairly cheaply at many discount stores.

The online version can be found here.

Money handling, bartering, cost vs. worth, etc.

Mythmatical Battles
Mythmatical Battles is a dueling card game for two players or two teams. It blends mythology and multiplication to create an innovative game which lets kids drill multiplication while engaging in epic mythological battles. Each player uses his own Mythmatical Battles Deck, with 55 cards featuring gods, heroes, and monsters from Greek, Celtic, Norse, or Egyptian mythology. (post #55)

Or any online or video puzzle game.

Great for younger kids - color and number matching at its finest!

This is one of the greatest math games of all time!

There are several in this series of computer games. Highly recommended for both younger and older kids. Warning: Parents may become addicted, too! You can learn more about Zoombinis in this great (and rather unschooly) article by Zoombini creators Chris Hancock and Scot Osterweil.


Alegbra for the Six-Year-Old by Tracy Aitken
Click on "Download this magazine in PDF format" to read Tracy's article about her young son's mathematical musings from the March/April 2004 issue of Life Learning magazine.

Ask Dr. Math
Math questions and answers - send in your own!

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
"Here you can find biographical essays or comments on the women mathematicians profiled on this site, as well as additional resources about women in mathematics."

Clever Games for Clever People
Tons of math games to try.

Count On
With dozens of online number games, math-oriented online greeting cards, math projects and crafts, an online math museum, cool facts about the numbers 1-100, math links, a math newspaper, online resources and more, this is a truly amazing mathematics website! Highly recommended!

Egyptian Mathematics

Ethnomathematics Snapshots
"Ethnomathematics studies how people within various cultures develop techniques to explain and understand their world within a mathematical context." Learn about symetry in Medeival heraldry, the Mesoamerican number system, three-in-a-row games from around the world and much more.

Figure This!
Lots of math puzzlers on this cute website.

The Grey Labyrinth
Puzzles, puzzles and more puzzles!

History of Math in Africa

Hunkin's Mathematical Experiments
From the book Hunkin's Experiments. Also, check out Hunkin's The Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia - online!

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
This truly expansive site offers hundreds of puzzles. Must be seen to be believed.

JoAnn's Anti Textbook Math Page
Long list of great books about math.

Just Do the Math by David Albert
This article is great inspiration for unschoolers. How long does it really take to learn all those mathematical concepts? Be sure to look around the BestHomeschooling.org website for a while. You won't be disappointed!

Living Math
Math tools, resources, reviews, articles, tips and inspiration for homeschooling parents (including unschoolers). Also includes a Living Math Yahoo group. An expansive page.

Math Cats
An amazing, expansive website where kids can play tons of games, make math crafts, and find out the answers to dozens of cool questions (how many cells in the human body, how many species of edible plants on earth, where Arabic numerals were invented, etc.). This is a fun website - for kids and adults, alike!

"Articles about math in everyday life, written by Ivars Peterson for Muse magazine." Very cool!

Math Jokes Collection
"A cat has nine tails. Proof: No cat has eight tails. A cat has one tail more than no cat. Therefore, a cat has nine tails." This is a wonderfully fun site!

The Maths File Game Show
From the BBC. Lots of fun online math games.

A Travel Excursion of the Mind by David Albert
This article is excerpted from from Albert's wonderful book Original Seeking: Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery. Don't forget to poke around on Lillian's Best Homeschooling website for a few hours. It's one of the most enjoyable homeschooling sites out there!

Unschoolers and Mathematics
Sandra Dodd's page offers several stories from unschooling parents about children learning math concepts.

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