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Amazing and Fun Math Program
When my kids asked me continually "Why do I have to learn math?," I knew it was time to look for a different approach to math. After doing a lot of research on other programs, I finally came to Life of Fred. I talked to friends who used it, I read many reviews, I prayed about it. I also showed my kids samples of the books. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a perfect fit for our family. My 5th grader prefers to self-instruct as much as possible and LOF books are designed for that kind of learning. My 2nd grader loves to see the silliness in life, and LOF books are full of Fred's silly adventures while still teaching math along the way. Both kids can read the books and finish the assignments with occasional help along the way. Math is fun now! They are also seeing the connection of why we learn math and how it is used every day, all the time. I was a little skeptical about the slower pace, but it has actually deepened their understanding of concepts. Their brains have time to actually process and store the information. We highly recommend Life of Fred!
October 27, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Math was my favorite subject in school In the small public and private schools that I attended I was always at the top of my class For two years I tutored math at the local community college So far it has not been my son's favorite subject It may never be his favorite and that's okay but I don't want math to be something he hates all through school He's almost 8 now We loved Essential Math for Kindergarten Next he started Singapore 1st grade and stopped he did some Miquon math and we looked into Saxon and Horizons Nothing seemed to really click and I wondered what I was doing wrong Last spring I bought the first 2 Life of Fred books because I'd heard so many interesting reviews and I was curious I read a couple of chapters aloud to him when he wasn't quite 7 years old It didn't suit us Some of the humor was over his head The pictures were an important part of the sequence and so I'd have to point and he'd have to stare at the page plus he wasn't cooperative about writing the answers down on a piece of paper I decided it wasn't for us He completed Math Mammoth 1 this last school year Math Mammoth seemed to get the job done but there was no joy in it Last month I pulled out the LOF books to try to sell them It occurred to me that now that my son was reading independently and he could read them to himself I assigned the first chapter in Apples and taught him how to label and write his answers on a separate piece of paper He LOVED it! He took ownership in doing it all by himself The next day he did the second chapter He is now a few chapters into Butterflies and asking me to order Cats As I listened to my son tell me all about Fred and his life I realized that one thing that was missing for him in math was humor and relationship I would sit with him and teach him but I'm pretty serious myself and I didn't make him laugh I recalled that all through my own school experience I adored my math teachers They made jokes while they taught My elementary teacher did a little dance for 6 times 8 is 48 because it rhymed and she always talked about how much she loved the number 0 My high school teacher bought us pizza if we could catch 10 mistakes he made in class He would gave us little brain teasers right before a vacation Hearing my son talk about Fred and remembering the relational aspect of math in my own life made me realize that I loved the atmosphere surrounding math not just math itself I think that my son needs more than just numbers staring up at him but something memorable that makes him smile That's a huge motivator and help in learning and more importantly remembering! For now we're going to continue LOF through the summer as an overall reading/writing/math/thinking program that's fun and simple Once we start school again in the fall I think I'll do a combination of LOF and Math Mammoth 2 It makes me so happy to see my son smiling instead of crying during math I'm thankful for the gift that Professor Schmidt has in conveying relationship humor and math through text and pictures Life of Fred is a unique gem among home school math options
June 29, 2013
So far, excellent!
We have 4 kids going through these. Although our kids ages are 3rd-8th grade, they all started with Apples, (this year). The content in here is not just Math. We've learned about so many different things like an introduction to advanced math, (for older kids), Language Arts, common sense/thinking, scientists and that's just a little bit of what we've learned. They are so interesting that I am reading them on my own! My oldest daughter is so used to Saxon Math, and does't feel that it's enough and that its too silly, HOWEVER, when they read the book over again before going on to the next level, it has helped her in her Pre-Algebra. My kids are still doing Saxon Math, (we're finishing up for the year and we just started LOF), but I can see better test scores with my middle 2 kids since we've started LOF. I also think my daughter is so used to Saxon Math, (with out a story to go along with it), that a different way of approaching math might scare her. This week she has finally gotten used to LOF and now actually enjoys it. A lot of people ask, "yes, but is it enough." We are going to finish up the year with Saxon, but I say yes, it is enough. Kids don't just to the book once and move on. They should review it and do it over. Math concepts, as well as random information is being taught and I think that's wonderful! Depending on the day, we usually do anywhere between 2-5 lessons per day. My two youngest LOVE it and I've seen a change in attitude toward learning in general since we've started LOF. This is GREAT for the buy. I highly recommend it. Rainbow Resource Center has been the cheapest as far as I can find. They shipped and delivered with no delay. VERY happy with my purchase.
April 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Fantastically Strange
Hilarious way to learn maths that draws the family together. Love it.
February 22, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
Great Fun Learning
I bought this to supplement with another math program that I felt my kids were getting a little bored with. They love it. They are 5 and 7 and ask to do more chapters just because it is fun, but they really are learning a lot. I like it too and would highly recommend it.
February 23, 2017
Purchased
5 months ago
So in looooove!
I have 2 kids on the spectrum (11 and 14), and a 6 yo that I am reading the Elementary set to at the moment. The 14yo is so bad at maths, going completely back to the basics with Fred and Kingie, with some humour thrown in is great! The books provoke discussion and laughter and thinking. It is fantastic and I am so glad I bought them. We will be buying the secondary set once we get through these!
May 25, 2017
Purchased
2 months ago
My daughter loves it.
My daughter loves science and history and reading, but math...forget it. I've had three other math curriculums before trying Fred. Now, she listens, laughs, and learns at the same time. I love how the books combine different math disciplines (math facts, geometry, algebra) along side history and science. The books are a pure delight.
December 22, 2016
Purchased
8 months ago
This is a great series and the Elementary books are great I've used Right Start Math as well as a Math Through Literature program and my children have liked Life of Fred the best It is also simpler to useno preparation is necessary and a lot of information is passed through the fun story in each chapter There are just a few questions to be answered at the end of each chapter which my 6 year old had very little trouble with though they did make her think and helped her understand what the math symbols mean even helped with her handwriting days of the week etc I like that Life of Fred helps us understand the concepts solidly without needing to pull out all of the manipulativesI've learned that (my children at least) form some dependence on hands on manipulatives and have trouble switching to the abstract or just knowing itand these books have helped with that transition The best part was that my children ASK to do math with this and will sit down and concentrate on the questions on their owneven getting upset if they are interrupted
July 25, 2012
I am so thankful a friend recommended these books! We were looking for a new curriculum for math mid-year as our old one was a disasterOn the first day out of the box my second grader read and completed all of Apples I think she did Butterflies in two days Cats took a bit longer about a week She has been on Dogs for a few days nowMy first grader took just over a week to complete Apples and we're on track to complete Butterflies in a similar amount of timeI love that these books are factually solid and the scope in each chapter is pretty broad I also love that in addition to math my children are learning science facts grammatical structure historical facts and anything else the author crams into the storyMy daughters love that Fred is fun The story line pulls them in and teaches them without their really realizing what is happening I also love that these books and some scratch paper are all you need -- ever I bought the whole elementary series for about as much I paid for one year's worth of math curriculum using the old one And I won't have to buy any more through all of my childrenMy second grader loves math again because math is intuitive for her She thinks mathematically and Fred LIVES mathematicallyMy first grader is not intuitive in math and Fred is non-threatening He teaches math as he tells a story My first grader is ALWAYS telling stories so this appeals to her more creative bentI would like a bit more drill so that the math facts become ingrained in their brains so I couple this with a FlashMaster for 10 minutes a day Between the two my girls are getting an amazing complete math educationOverall I would highly recommend this elementary curriculum It has totally changed the whole tone of our home school day
February 26, 2014
I can not say enough good things about these books How many kids rip open the box that just arrived because they know it contains their new math books? We have four children ages 7 11 14 and 16 We have tried so many different approaches to this subject but LoF has taken so much stress out of math for the whole family My 7 year old has used Life of Fred almost exclusively since we started schooling him He is by far my best math student He is doing long division functions understands sets graphs the metric system and so much more They all love reading about Fred and what is going on in his life Math is the one subject I never have to tell them to do
February 28, 2014
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Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
Have heard great recommendations for Life of Fred.
Teresa B on Jun 23, 2017
Cathy Duffy Review
CHARISSA P on Jun 14, 2017
Have heard great recommendations for Life of Fred.
Teresa B on Jun 23, 2017
This set was recommended to me for my son, who doesn't like math, by his school. I have seen how great the reviews are for these books also! Crossing my fingers it will be a great investment for his education!
Bonnie C on Jun 14, 2017
Cathy Duffy Review
CHARISSA P on Jun 14, 2017
Part of our homeschool curriculum
Amy C on Jun 13, 2017
I have heard such good things about these. My daughter struggles with wanting to do math. Hopefully these help her be excited about math instead of dread it!
Sara S on Jun 2, 2017
My kids like to read it for pass time.
Joan O on May 30, 2017
My kids love these series after getting the 1st one.
Therese C on Apr 21, 2017
it came highly recommended by other homeschoolers
Maren J on Apr 19, 2017
My daughter is having trouble with math and I have had several people recommend L.O.F. I pray it works!
Erneshia S on Apr 13, 2017
I need something different for my children.
Amy S on Mar 14, 2017
I researched the Life of Fred math and saw the reviews and want to try it.
Jennifer J on Mar 12, 2017
It looks like a good way to teach math. Plus, it looks like fun.
Bonnie F on Feb 18, 2017
I have been wanting to buy these for awhile; we have been enjoying reading the first few pages of each book in online samples. I finally decided to buy all the elementary and the intermediate books. A lot of money so I am hoping it is worth it!
Anna A on Feb 16, 2017
fun way to learn math as a complement
ruth j on Jan 25, 2017
My 9 year old doesn't struggle to understand math, but he absolutely dreads taking the time to sit and drill math problems for an hour a day. He needs something fun and engaging to capture his attention.
Kristin H on Jan 23, 2017
Friends of ours highly recommended this series.
Katie M F on Jan 18, 2017
Recommendation from friend
Pamela B on Dec 6, 2016
alternative to saxon
Lesli C on Nov 25, 2016
It's silly but educational at the same time.
Sonya K on Oct 18, 2016
great reviews
Abram S on Sep 1, 2016
I've heard great things about Life of Fred and I'm looking for something to help my son enjoy math again. Fingers crossed that this approach will work!
Amy H on Aug 31, 2016
I like the idea of topics being built into a story. My children are excited to start the program as a supplement "fun" item to their current math curriculum. This package is the best price I could find on the internet, THANK YOU once again Rainbow Resource Center for the amazing prices.
Jennifer P on Aug 30, 2016
Content
Charlie W on Aug 27, 2016
Great books at a great price
Amy T on Aug 16, 2016
I have seen them and they are amazing!
Brandy S on Aug 15, 2016
Best Price on the internet, from a great homeschool resource. Hoping to enjoy it with all my kids. Great self directed resource, kids can go at their own pace.
Rachel B on Aug 15, 2016
several good recs from friends
Emily S on Aug 7, 2016
I researched a lot of math programs before choosing Life of Fred. I liked that it involves reading, and that math is presented in real life problem solving situations. I was attracted to the short lessons as well. I was nervous, but we are now on the 5th book and my daughter just can't get enough of it. She LOVES this program!
Bernadette C on Apr 25, 2016
My 9 year old read one of the stories and loved it. Two of his cousins are being homeschooled and their mom looked into these books and thought that they would be a great addition to their math curriculum. I just had to purchase them, my son said he wanted to have the books too!
Wendy L on Mar 23, 2016
Excited to try this to see if it will work with our kids. Heard raving reviews about it. After thinking about it for some time, we're taking the opportunity.
Christine R on Mar 19, 2016
Wonderful literary approach to math
Richard F on Mar 1, 2016
I am trying a more Charlotte Mason approach to math.
Melanie J on Feb 29, 2016
kids love it
Amanda T on Feb 18, 2016
For homeschool curriculum for the year.
Nathan D on Jan 29, 2016
Reviews
Alex L on Jan 24, 2016
Loved the Apples book
Susan E on Jan 12, 2016
I have used other books in this series, and I find them very good.
Sarah E on Nov 12, 2015
We love this series!!
Lisa S on Nov 4, 2015
was recommended by Cathy Duffy
Yonatan H on Oct 22, 2015
I heard it is a great foundation in math for kids and that it's fun.
Kim C on Oct 9, 2015
I read about it in your catalog and it looks very promising. I've never personally seen it before.
Cindy A on Sep 24, 2015
This set was recommended to me for my son, who doesn't like math, by his school. I have seen how great the reviews are for these books also! Crossing my fingers it will be a great investment for his education!
Bonnie C on Jun 14, 2017
Part of our homeschool curriculum
Amy C on Jun 13, 2017
Is this a supplement to math or a complete curriculum?
User on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That is a matter of opinion. I know some people use these books as their only math curriculum. The stories are very engaging and in a kind of Charlotte Mason style, they cover a wide range of topics and interest, all while practicing math concepts. At the end of each chapter, there are between 3-10 practice problems that the student is to work out on a separate sheet of paper or a notebook, and answers are included on the following page. There are 18-19 chapters per book. I prefer to supplement with other workbooks for a more rounded out and progressive knowledge, but this does an excellent job of keeping the students interested and engaged in Math. The books go in alphabetical order, with Apples being about a Grade 1 level, and Butterflies Grade 1-2, Cats and Dogs Grade 2-3, etc.
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    Amazing and Fun Math Program
    When my kids asked me continually "Why do I have to learn math?," I knew it was time to look for a different approach to math. After doing a lot of research on other programs, I finally came to Life of Fred. I talked to friends who used it, I read many reviews, I prayed about it. I also showed my kids samples of the books. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a perfect fit for our family. My 5th grader prefers to self-instruct as much as possible and LOF books are designed for that kind of learning. My 2nd grader loves to see the silliness in life, and LOF books are full of Fred's silly adventures while still teaching math along the way. Both kids can read the books and finish the assignments with occasional help along the way. Math is fun now! They are also seeing the connection of why we learn math and how it is used every day, all the time. I was a little skeptical about the slower pace, but it has actually deepened their understanding of concepts. Their brains have time to actually process and store the information. We highly recommend Life of Fred!
    October 27, 2015
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Math was my favorite subject in school In the small public and private schools that I attended I was always at the top of my class For two years I tutored math at the local community college So far it has not been my son's favorite subject It may never be his favorite and that's okay but I don't want math to be something he hates all through school He's almost 8 now We loved Essential Math for Kindergarten Next he started Singapore 1st grade and stopped he did some Miquon math and we looked into Saxon and Horizons Nothing seemed to really click and I wondered what I was doing wrong Last spring I bought the first 2 Life of Fred books because I'd heard so many interesting reviews and I was curious I read a couple of chapters aloud to him when he wasn't quite 7 years old It didn't suit us Some of the humor was over his head The pictures were an important part of the sequence and so I'd have to point and he'd have to stare at the page plus he wasn't cooperative about writing the answers down on a piece of paper I decided it wasn't for us He completed Math Mammoth 1 this last school year Math Mammoth seemed to get the job done but there was no joy in it Last month I pulled out the LOF books to try to sell them It occurred to me that now that my son was reading independently and he could read them to himself I assigned the first chapter in Apples and taught him how to label and write his answers on a separate piece of paper He LOVED it! He took ownership in doing it all by himself The next day he did the second chapter He is now a few chapters into Butterflies and asking me to order Cats As I listened to my son tell me all about Fred and his life I realized that one thing that was missing for him in math was humor and relationship I would sit with him and teach him but I'm pretty serious myself and I didn't make him laugh I recalled that all through my own school experience I adored my math teachers They made jokes while they taught My elementary teacher did a little dance for 6 times 8 is 48 because it rhymed and she always talked about how much she loved the number 0 My high school teacher bought us pizza if we could catch 10 mistakes he made in class He would gave us little brain teasers right before a vacation Hearing my son talk about Fred and remembering the relational aspect of math in my own life made me realize that I loved the atmosphere surrounding math not just math itself I think that my son needs more than just numbers staring up at him but something memorable that makes him smile That's a huge motivator and help in learning and more importantly remembering! For now we're going to continue LOF through the summer as an overall reading/writing/math/thinking program that's fun and simple Once we start school again in the fall I think I'll do a combination of LOF and Math Mammoth 2 It makes me so happy to see my son smiling instead of crying during math I'm thankful for the gift that Professor Schmidt has in conveying relationship humor and math through text and pictures Life of Fred is a unique gem among home school math options
    June 29, 2013
    So far, excellent!
    We have 4 kids going through these. Although our kids ages are 3rd-8th grade, they all started with Apples, (this year). The content in here is not just Math. We've learned about so many different things like an introduction to advanced math, (for older kids), Language Arts, common sense/thinking, scientists and that's just a little bit of what we've learned. They are so interesting that I am reading them on my own! My oldest daughter is so used to Saxon Math, and does't feel that it's enough and that its too silly, HOWEVER, when they read the book over again before going on to the next level, it has helped her in her Pre-Algebra. My kids are still doing Saxon Math, (we're finishing up for the year and we just started LOF), but I can see better test scores with my middle 2 kids since we've started LOF. I also think my daughter is so used to Saxon Math, (with out a story to go along with it), that a different way of approaching math might scare her. This week she has finally gotten used to LOF and now actually enjoys it. A lot of people ask, "yes, but is it enough." We are going to finish up the year with Saxon, but I say yes, it is enough. Kids don't just to the book once and move on. They should review it and do it over. Math concepts, as well as random information is being taught and I think that's wonderful! Depending on the day, we usually do anywhere between 2-5 lessons per day. My two youngest LOVE it and I've seen a change in attitude toward learning in general since we've started LOF. This is GREAT for the buy. I highly recommend it. Rainbow Resource Center has been the cheapest as far as I can find. They shipped and delivered with no delay. VERY happy with my purchase.
    April 19, 2016
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Fantastically Strange
    Hilarious way to learn maths that draws the family together. Love it.
    February 22, 2017
    Purchased
    6 months ago
    Great Fun Learning
    I bought this to supplement with another math program that I felt my kids were getting a little bored with. They love it. They are 5 and 7 and ask to do more chapters just because it is fun, but they really are learning a lot. I like it too and would highly recommend it.
    February 23, 2017
    Purchased
    5 months ago
    So in looooove!
    I have 2 kids on the spectrum (11 and 14), and a 6 yo that I am reading the Elementary set to at the moment. The 14yo is so bad at maths, going completely back to the basics with Fred and Kingie, with some humour thrown in is great! The books provoke discussion and laughter and thinking. It is fantastic and I am so glad I bought them. We will be buying the secondary set once we get through these!
    May 25, 2017
    Purchased
    2 months ago
    My daughter loves it.
    My daughter loves science and history and reading, but math...forget it. I've had three other math curriculums before trying Fred. Now, she listens, laughs, and learns at the same time. I love how the books combine different math disciplines (math facts, geometry, algebra) along side history and science. The books are a pure delight.
    December 22, 2016
    Purchased
    8 months ago
    This is a great series and the Elementary books are great I've used Right Start Math as well as a Math Through Literature program and my children have liked Life of Fred the best It is also simpler to useno preparation is necessary and a lot of information is passed through the fun story in each chapter There are just a few questions to be answered at the end of each chapter which my 6 year old had very little trouble with though they did make her think and helped her understand what the math symbols mean even helped with her handwriting days of the week etc I like that Life of Fred helps us understand the concepts solidly without needing to pull out all of the manipulativesI've learned that (my children at least) form some dependence on hands on manipulatives and have trouble switching to the abstract or just knowing itand these books have helped with that transition The best part was that my children ASK to do math with this and will sit down and concentrate on the questions on their owneven getting upset if they are interrupted
    July 25, 2012
    I am so thankful a friend recommended these books! We were looking for a new curriculum for math mid-year as our old one was a disasterOn the first day out of the box my second grader read and completed all of Apples I think she did Butterflies in two days Cats took a bit longer about a week She has been on Dogs for a few days nowMy first grader took just over a week to complete Apples and we're on track to complete Butterflies in a similar amount of timeI love that these books are factually solid and the scope in each chapter is pretty broad I also love that in addition to math my children are learning science facts grammatical structure historical facts and anything else the author crams into the storyMy daughters love that Fred is fun The story line pulls them in and teaches them without their really realizing what is happening I also love that these books and some scratch paper are all you need -- ever I bought the whole elementary series for about as much I paid for one year's worth of math curriculum using the old one And I won't have to buy any more through all of my childrenMy second grader loves math again because math is intuitive for her She thinks mathematically and Fred LIVES mathematicallyMy first grader is not intuitive in math and Fred is non-threatening He teaches math as he tells a story My first grader is ALWAYS telling stories so this appeals to her more creative bentI would like a bit more drill so that the math facts become ingrained in their brains so I couple this with a FlashMaster for 10 minutes a day Between the two my girls are getting an amazing complete math educationOverall I would highly recommend this elementary curriculum It has totally changed the whole tone of our home school day
    February 26, 2014
    I can not say enough good things about these books How many kids rip open the box that just arrived because they know it contains their new math books? We have four children ages 7 11 14 and 16 We have tried so many different approaches to this subject but LoF has taken so much stress out of math for the whole family My 7 year old has used Life of Fred almost exclusively since we started schooling him He is by far my best math student He is doing long division functions understands sets graphs the metric system and so much more They all love reading about Fred and what is going on in his life Math is the one subject I never have to tell them to do
    February 28, 2014
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rainbow Resource Center Store
    Have heard great recommendations for Life of Fred.
    Teresa B on Jun 23, 2017
    Cathy Duffy Review
    CHARISSA P on Jun 14, 2017
    Have heard great recommendations for Life of Fred.
    Teresa B on Jun 23, 2017
    This set was recommended to me for my son, who doesn't like math, by his school. I have seen how great the reviews are for these books also! Crossing my fingers it will be a great investment for his education!
    Bonnie C on Jun 14, 2017
    Cathy Duffy Review
    CHARISSA P on Jun 14, 2017
    Part of our homeschool curriculum
    Amy C on Jun 13, 2017
    I have heard such good things about these. My daughter struggles with wanting to do math. Hopefully these help her be excited about math instead of dread it!
    Sara S on Jun 2, 2017
    My kids like to read it for pass time.
    Joan O on May 30, 2017
    My kids love these series after getting the 1st one.
    Therese C on Apr 21, 2017
    it came highly recommended by other homeschoolers
    Maren J on Apr 19, 2017
    My daughter is having trouble with math and I have had several people recommend L.O.F. I pray it works!
    Erneshia S on Apr 13, 2017
    I need something different for my children.
    Amy S on Mar 14, 2017
    I researched the Life of Fred math and saw the reviews and want to try it.
    Jennifer J on Mar 12, 2017
    It looks like a good way to teach math. Plus, it looks like fun.
    Bonnie F on Feb 18, 2017
    I have been wanting to buy these for awhile; we have been enjoying reading the first few pages of each book in online samples. I finally decided to buy all the elementary and the intermediate books. A lot of money so I am hoping it is worth it!
    Anna A on Feb 16, 2017
    fun way to learn math as a complement
    ruth j on Jan 25, 2017
    My 9 year old doesn't struggle to understand math, but he absolutely dreads taking the time to sit and drill math problems for an hour a day. He needs something fun and engaging to capture his attention.
    Kristin H on Jan 23, 2017
    Friends of ours highly recommended this series.
    Katie M F on Jan 18, 2017
    Recommendation from friend
    Pamela B on Dec 6, 2016
    alternative to saxon
    Lesli C on Nov 25, 2016
    It's silly but educational at the same time.
    Sonya K on Oct 18, 2016
    great reviews
    Abram S on Sep 1, 2016
    I've heard great things about Life of Fred and I'm looking for something to help my son enjoy math again. Fingers crossed that this approach will work!
    Amy H on Aug 31, 2016
    I like the idea of topics being built into a story. My children are excited to start the program as a supplement "fun" item to their current math curriculum. This package is the best price I could find on the internet, THANK YOU once again Rainbow Resource Center for the amazing prices.
    Jennifer P on Aug 30, 2016
    Content
    Charlie W on Aug 27, 2016
    Great books at a great price
    Amy T on Aug 16, 2016
    I have seen them and they are amazing!
    Brandy S on Aug 15, 2016
    Best Price on the internet, from a great homeschool resource. Hoping to enjoy it with all my kids. Great self directed resource, kids can go at their own pace.
    Rachel B on Aug 15, 2016
    several good recs from friends
    Emily S on Aug 7, 2016
    I researched a lot of math programs before choosing Life of Fred. I liked that it involves reading, and that math is presented in real life problem solving situations. I was attracted to the short lessons as well. I was nervous, but we are now on the 5th book and my daughter just can't get enough of it. She LOVES this program!
    Bernadette C on Apr 25, 2016
    My 9 year old read one of the stories and loved it. Two of his cousins are being homeschooled and their mom looked into these books and thought that they would be a great addition to their math curriculum. I just had to purchase them, my son said he wanted to have the books too!
    Wendy L on Mar 23, 2016
    Excited to try this to see if it will work with our kids. Heard raving reviews about it. After thinking about it for some time, we're taking the opportunity.
    Christine R on Mar 19, 2016
    Wonderful literary approach to math
    Richard F on Mar 1, 2016
    I am trying a more Charlotte Mason approach to math.
    Melanie J on Feb 29, 2016
    kids love it
    Amanda T on Feb 18, 2016
    For homeschool curriculum for the year.
    Nathan D on Jan 29, 2016
    Reviews
    Alex L on Jan 24, 2016
    Loved the Apples book
    Susan E on Jan 12, 2016
    I have used other books in this series, and I find them very good.
    Sarah E on Nov 12, 2015
    We love this series!!
    Lisa S on Nov 4, 2015
    was recommended by Cathy Duffy
    Yonatan H on Oct 22, 2015
    I heard it is a great foundation in math for kids and that it's fun.
    Kim C on Oct 9, 2015
    I read about it in your catalog and it looks very promising. I've never personally seen it before.
    Cindy A on Sep 24, 2015
    This set was recommended to me for my son, who doesn't like math, by his school. I have seen how great the reviews are for these books also! Crossing my fingers it will be a great investment for his education!
    Bonnie C on Jun 14, 2017
    Part of our homeschool curriculum
    Amy C on Jun 13, 2017
    Is this a supplement to math or a complete curriculum?
    User on Mar 29, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: That is a matter of opinion. I know some people use these books as their only math curriculum. The stories are very engaging and in a kind of Charlotte Mason style, they cover a wide range of topics and interest, all while practicing math concepts. At the end of each chapter, there are between 3-10 practice problems that the student is to work out on a separate sheet of paper or a notebook, and answers are included on the following page. There are 18-19 chapters per book. I prefer to supplement with other workbooks for a more rounded out and progressive knowledge, but this does an excellent job of keeping the students interested and engaged in Math. The books go in alphabetical order, with Apples being about a Grade 1 level, and Butterflies Grade 1-2, Cats and Dogs Grade 2-3, etc.
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