Yesterday we made more headway in addition and subtraction practice in an hour with a game then we did in a month of curriculum. We played Math Card War, a game that Denise from Let's Play Math claims is worth 1,000 worksheets. I have to agree with her. Catherine was adding and subtracting like a pro and having a ball doing it.
In playing Math Card War I think I have an inkling of the balance I could strike between curriculum and my radical unschooling ideals. The introduction of skills and strategies is something out math curriculum does very well. The practicing of those skills is something Catherine does best when it's unstructured fun. So to the desk for worksheets when it's a new skill and to the living room with the games when it's practice?
The other really fun thing we did yesterday involved a book called Detective Dave's Mad Mysteries. That was fun. It's really a book of logic puzzles all wrapped up in a story that engaged us more then a simple puzzle book would normally. We spent about an hour curled up on the couch with it. It's only $4.99 and the one I've got my little Amazon link to is a collection of 6 books so it's a pretty damn good value.