Ok, one of the things I hear alot is "I
unschool everything except Math." Why? Why should math be any different
than any thing else in life?
Probably because many of us have had a bad
experience with math. We sat at a desk we didn't want to be at, and
listened to a teacher give a boring explanation of how to use some
formula to get an answer to a question that didn't matter, that we knew
we would never use when we grew up anyway! At least that was my
Many parents worry way too much when it comes
to math. What if my child can't do long division or understand
calculus? How will they ever get a job? Well, how often do YOU actually
use those things? When your child is older if they persue a job where a
math skill they don't have is needed, they will learn it. It is called
motivation. Most of us don't see the point in learning things we don't
think we will ever use.
With that being said when not forced to do so
many children love playing around with numbers, patterns, and shapes.
We keep a wide variety of math workbooks and my children will at times
get them down on their own and work a page or two and have me help them
or look up for themselves anything they didn't understand.
What I have also seen with my own children is
that they can do alot of math, but in their heads. When I am trying to
figure out how much percent off something is at the store or exactly how
much an item is that is on sale at 3/$5 my children can often tell me
the answer but if I ask them how they came up with that I am usually
confused by their untraditional way of doing it.
Two of the most important things to remember is:
1) Math is all around you! Everywhere you
look you see numbers, patterns, shapes, look for them, acknowledge, and
have fun with them and your children will too.
2) Talk it out! If you are having to work out
a math problem talk aloud as you do it, step by step. Your child will
learn to recognize the steps you use and some of the familiar language
associated with math.
So, stop stressing! Math IS like everything else your child will learn it when they need/want to!
The most important things about Unschooling
is to involve your children in EVERYTHING you do, talk to them about
what you are doing, even if they are too young to understand. (Children
can understand more than most adults give them credit for!). Answer
their quetions. If you don't know the answer find it together. Give them
as many opportunities to explore the world around them as you can. But
that sounds easy you may say, that's because it is!