One of the biggest misconceptions of the term “Unschooling” is that families that unschool do not educate their children. This is the furthest from the truth. The way that I have always described unschooling to others is “we educate based on our child’s interests and strengths.”
Currently, we have a 10-year old that is thriving in math, so we do a lot of education geared around math. That does not mean that we only focus on math, it means that math is the center of our learning and all of her other subjects are incorporated into math. For example, we do a lot of math word problems, not only is she loving the math portion she is also reading.
As unschoolers we are switching gears frequently, with that being said it can be difficult to find resources that are geared towards unschooling, I have compiled a list of math resources that we use.
Wild Maths Wild Maths is produced by the Millennium Mathematics Project at the University of Cambridge, who is best known for NRICH and Plus. It is aimed at 7 to 16-year-olds exploring maths beyond the classroom, but open to everyone.
Khan Academy Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace. Khan Academy also offers other subject matter and is free to use.
Cool Math Games got started way back in 1997 to make math enjoyable for people who thought it couldn’t be fun. They say they have convinced millions of people over the years that cool+math is an equation that makes sense.
Transum Mathematics has been around since the late 90’s and is free to users. It offers hundreds of math lessons and puzzles for all ages.
XP Math XP Math features fun and educational math games for Grades 2-9. Mental mathematics is a component of the Common Core Mathematical Practices and XP Math Games makes it easy to support it.
Free Math Printables Education.com is a great resource for kids who love printed work. There is a set number of printables that you can download each month before having to join as a paid member.
Unschooling is about finding that spark for learning and igniting it. The best way to do that is to nurture the interests of our children. Math has been something that our kids have struggled with and excelled at, we have allowed them to work at their own pace and it has paid off in huge ways.