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Learning Math Concepts Without School

**originally posted in 2007**

My nine year old daughter wants to be an astronaut and she’s passionate about astronomy and space. I’ve learned more about the solar system from her than I ever did in in all my years in school.

A few months ago, she and my husband (I call them the two space cadetsĀ  -lol) were watching Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks and there’s a scene where they were using math concepts to figure out how to bring the capsule back to Earth. Jacqueline asked Billy to pause the movie at a scene that showed the paper they were writing on so she could get a good look at it. She wanted to know what they were doing and what type of math that was.

This started an ongoing discussion about algebra and calculus and since then she’s been asking Billy to explain it to her. He told her that he would look around for a book because he needed to brush up on it himself before he could explain it to her.

That was a couple of months ago and because of other issues going on in our life, he hadn’t gotten around to buying the book yet.

Taking matters into her own hands, (my mother always said – when there’s a will, there’s a way) Jacqueline spotted an algebra text book in a used book store and bought it with her own money.

The other night she asked Billy to read her a bedtime story and when he walked into her room, there she was…all cozy in bed with Sally, the bear she created at Build-A-Bear. She handed Billy the book she had selected…yup, the algebra textbook. She also had a notebook so she could jot down notes.

I couldn’t resist a picture. Smile

Have I mentioned how much I love unschooling recently? Smile

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6 Responses to “Learning Math Concepts Without School”

  1. Bethany says:

    That is so cool! I remember being quite good at algebra when I was young, but then I haven’t needed to use it much, so I doubt I’d remember it now. That’s what I get for going into fashion rather than space…
    .-= Bethany´s last blog ..Late Readers Close the Learning Gap =-.

  2. Helen says:

    Interesting work. Young people rarely make decisions for this type of work. I believe that you are very proud of her. This profession is very demanding and difficult but a great love of your daughters will certainly win.
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Candles and Christmas =-.

  3. Joanne says:

    Thanks,,,I love the look on her face in the photo. lol

  4. Marla Fauchier Baltes says:

    I love Build A Bear. My daughter has so much fun making them. A truly adorable photo.

  5. TammyT says:

    I was literally laughing out loud when I saw this pic. Thanks for sharing it Smile

  6. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says:

    That is awesome!!

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