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Something that I haven't seen mentioned in the discussion (that I am admittedly late to...) is the condition dyscalculia. The condition is often overlooked and under or misdiagnosed. Often sufferers as labeled as "just bad at math." Dyscalculics often mix up the operations of a math problems, have difficulty with sequence, keeping score in a game, telling time on an analog clock, and counting change. These symptoms can make math and numbers in general very challenging and frustrating. Without assistance people, especially children will shy away from numbers.
I didn't realize that what I was struggling with had a name! Educators need this information.
Also, my children were educated in a type of home-schooling referred to as "unschooling". This approach to education has no mandatory curriculum, and we approach learning as a way of life and a natural by product of living. My children never had a forced mathmatics lesson, but were instead encouraged to see math as a part of the world. Games, recipes, shopping, art, and etc were all math, and my kids were not faced with the boring dry way math is often taught. The approach can make all the difference!
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