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.
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.
online version can be found here.
Money handling, bartering, cost vs. worth,
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)
online or video puzzle game.
younger kids - color and number matching at its finest!
one of the greatest math games of all time!
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.
the Six-Year-Old by
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
Ask Dr. Math
Math questions and
answers - send in your own!
Biographies of Women
"Here you can find biographical essays or comments on the women
mathematicians profiled on this site, as well as additional resources about women in
for Clever People
Tons of math games to try.
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
"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.
Lots of math puzzlers
on this cute website.
The Grey Labyrinth
Puzzles, puzzles and more puzzles!
History of Math in
From the book Hunkin's Experiments. Also, check
The Rudiments of Wisdom Encyclopedia - online!
Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
This truly expansive site offers hundreds of puzzles. Must be seen to be believed.
Textbook Math Page
Long list of great books about math.
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!
Math tools, resources, reviews, articles, tips and inspiration for homeschooling parents
(including unschoolers). Also includes a Living Math Yahoo group. An
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!
"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
The Maths File
From the BBC. Lots of fun online math games.
A Travel Excursion of the Mind by
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!
Sandra Dodd's page offers several stories from unschooling parents about
children learning math concepts.