Life of Fred: Apples
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Show MoreGreat news for Life of Fred aficionados; Life of Fred has gone elementary! In author Professor Schmidt's own words, "Now you will be able to start the Life of Fred series with your child sitting on your lapand finish the series sitting on his/her lap!" It's as simple as ABCjust follow the books in alphabetical order by title. Children can start the series as soon as they know their addition and subtraction facts up to 10. While the entire series can be completed in just 1218 months, Apples through Dogs was designed for grades 14, Edgewood through Jelly Beans for grades 24. Regardless of starting grade level, you will want to begin in Apples. So far, there are ten books to the series. Will there be Kittens through Zebras? Only time will tell.
I was sold even before I opened Apples by the picture of Archimedes (daughter Melissa's inner guide for matters of logic) on the cover. I could already tell that Prof. Schmidt was going to carry his tendency to instruct and inform on interesting tidbits (and people) into the series. Another pleasant discovery: no calculators allowed here. Until a child has cut his teeth on the building blocks of the addition and multiplication tables, just leave 'em in the box. Structured similarly to the upper levels, lessons are taught in a few pages of text, then it's "Your Turn to Play". Children write out their answers (emphasis by the author), read the solutions, and then move on to the next delightful adventure. The first book, Apples, contains 18 short chapters (lessons). Unlike the upper level books, there are no cities.
So, since Calculus actually begins as Fred does (at three days old), where in the life of Fred does this series fit in? As we begin the series, Fred is five, meaning he has been a professor at Kittens for as long. The closeness in age between Fred and the target audience should be a plus. In the course of ten books, we experience about a week in the Life of Fred. The series begins with simple addition facts and, in the very first story and short written exercise, students will learn:
1. Fred still sleeps with his Kingie doll (introduced in Calculus)
2. Fred sleeps in a sleeping bag in his office at Kittens
3. Beginning concepts of time
4. Dawn is variable; it gets light at different times depending on the season
5. 5 + 2 = 7
6. The relationship between numbers and quantities; a set of objects has the same number of objects regardless of position or arrangement
7. What an equals sign means
8. The answer to an addition problem won't change depending on the object(s) counted. Whether you are adding hours, pencils, or trees, 5 + 2 will still equal 7.
9. The commutative property of addition. It doesn't matter whether you add 5 + 2 or 2 + 5, you will still get 7.
10. x and y can stand in place of numbers (prealgebra!)
Not bad for a start! In the next lesson, children learn: that Fred is neat (he puts his stuff away); what an ellipse is (and how to make one with a flashlight); more about the passage of time and addition; and that Fred's doll, Kingie, can draw better than Fred (he in fact becomes an accomplished oil painting artist). The YTTP in this section teaches more addition facts (in the context of adding Fred and Kingie's drawings), then the chapter ends by presenting the days of the week, both by name and addition fact (5 weekdays + 2 weekend days = 7 days of the week). As the book progresses, students learn more about months, seasons, days, time, addition, ellipses and other geometric shapes, the composition of the earth, Kansas, fish vs. whales, counting by 5's, temperature, negative numbers, deciduous trees, how to spell Wednesday and February, Archimedes (yay!), not to be rude, zero (and its properties), sets, that birds don't eat candy, chess moves, fractions, the Titanic, ducks can't add, the ≠ sign, circumscribed triangles, inscribed triangles, counting by hundreds (why not?), telling time by increments of 5 minutes, a dime = 10, and even get to see a real picture of Prof. Schmidt taking a nap! You get the picture. The books progress with a spiral approach, each one going deeper into math and other engaging facts and knowledge. Throughout them, Fred also exhibits normal childlike behaviors (playing at the table, mistaking a statue for a real lion, needing to sit on phone books to use his desk, along with positive character qualities (responsibility, love of God, cleanliness, desire to stay fit, a love for reading, a distaste for television, making wise choices, valuing truth and honesty, saying prayers at night, being thankful and content even in times of adversity, etc.) And each book will leave your students wanting to hear more about the life of Fred. As with the upper levels of this unusual curriculum, math principles and concepts are taught along with direct application. They are naturally integrated into the life of Fred. Can you see how the Professor cannily whets the student's appetite for future math discoveries? He gives them a small taste and, by doing so, makes the unknown familiar and waiting to be explored
I would be surprised if this doesn't become the math curriculum of choice for teachers using the Charlotte Mason approach. It comes closer to embodying her principles than any other math course I've seen. Other parents will enjoy its fresh approach to teaching with storytelling rather than starting a child off with pages of circling the groups of 7 or pages of addition problems to work. It emphasizes concept and understanding over rote problem solving. Even if you feel more secure using a more traditional math curriculum, I would strongly encourage you to also purchase the Life of Fred elementary series and read (and work it) with your child. It would be a painless complement that would not only reinforce and practice skills learned in your "regular" math course, but also prepare your child for higher level math concepts.

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5.0 / 5.09 Reviews5 Stars4 Stars3 Stars2 Stars1 Star90000Hilarious!! And we're learning math concepts and more.My 7 year old son and I started using Life of Fred Apples this year to supplement Math U See. We did Saxon math last year, but I needed a less parent intense math program with schooling 4 students this year. I didn't have the time to read through all the different Saxon instructions for 3 different levels even though I loved the in depth Saxon program. So my son and I are enjoying Life of Fred Elementary series and are enjoying our LIVING MATH textbook. I have read through them and done the problems myself to see what my son is reading. We need to order the next batch as he's almost completed AD and it's only November. That's a good sign. At this point, I don't see Life of Fred Elementary series as a stand alone program, but we love it as a supplement. We'll see how much more in depth it gets as we progress past Dogs. Was this review helpful? Yes (2) No (0)
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I started my son on this series when he was 8 I was very hesitant to begin with book one because I knew it was just be too easy for him While I was correct in that the concepts taught were below what he was learning he loved the book so much we continued on through the entire elementary level He is excited to do math and begs to read additional chapters each day Currently we are using this as a supplement This series will work well for the child who loves to read It is easy to follow for the teacher and is a terrific value! We love Life of Fred! Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0)
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We are really enjoying the Life of Fred (apples)!!! I am impressed w how it introduces simple algebra; and my 1st grader (and pre K who also listens) enjoys the silly stories! :) I would not use it as a stand alone Math curriculum but think it's a GREAT enhancement! Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0)
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First of all the grade range listed for this book is inaccurate I read it with my 6 and 4yearolds and they enjoyed it very much The older one got just about all the math there is to get out of it It's recommended here for a Grade 36 range but kids that age would be bored to tears with itAnyway on to the review! These books are the hottest topic of discussion on homeschool message boards! I like Life of Fred for high school so when I found out there was an elementary version I had to have it I was expecting weirdness and a bizarre storyline; that's the hallmark of Life of Fred math This book certainly delivers In a few places I wondered if it was too strange for such little kids but they seemed to enjoy the silly jokes and the light tone of the bookAs with the "bigger kid" books there are short "Your turn to play" sections at the end of each chapter to review the math (and other) material covered Because we generally read the book while snuggled up in bed I used this as an opportunity to practice oral math skills with my 6yearold daughter except in a couple of cases where she neeed to draw a quick diagramAfter I bought Apples I was warned in an online forum that Book D Dogs contains references to euthanasia While no dogs die in the book it is seriously implied that quite a few are put to sleep at the very end The author Stanley Schmidt insists that these references are no more distrubing than those found in Bambi and other classic literature Still it's a parent's decision and some parents have been offended or upset Different children may respond to this differentlyAlso it's been pointed out that as the author is a religious Christian there are occasional Biblical and moral references in the books I'm okay with these but parents should be aware of this since it's a pretty rare thing in a math bookI bought this book as a supplement ONLY  it may indeed constitute a full curriculum but I found that the material was scattered willynilly throughout the book I wasn't sure why some things are repeated over and over and others are not For instance the book promises to teach "numbers that add to 7"  boy does it EVER You and your kids will either be giggling or groaning at all the 5's and 2's or 6's and 1's that he throws into the book Other volumes in the series cover numbers other than 7 I'm not sure why he chose 7 but my daughter loved automatically knowing the answer by the end of the book (7!)Finally Life of Fred: Dogs is fairly short  probably only a few weeks of regular reading though I tried to spread it out quite a bit (interspersed with LONG Little House on the Prairie chapters!) Most parents probably want the bulk of their math studies to involve a more rigorous and systematic curriculum that will last a good chunk of the yearBecause it's so short I wouldn't say this book is a terrific value At $16 for a few week's math reading it's a pricey curriculum supplement But for what it offers  a fun way to show kids that it's okay to play with math and not take the whole things so seriously  we will definitely be investing in the next book sometime soon Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0)
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We are currently using this book as a supplement in our math lessons My daughter LOVES it She loves to draw and loves that it incorporates drawing in the math problems For example draw four alligators plus three alligators She loves it and giggles at the jokes and overall enjoys reading and learning Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0)
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Better than a textbookMy daughters love Life of Fred! In each book, you learn a bit about Fred and all his adventures as he explains math concepts. The math is explained and applied in the story so you understand the point of learning it. The tests are short but not without a challenge. It proves that you don't need to drill with 100 problems just to learn a math concept. Was this review helpful? Yes (0) No (0)
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Love it!My kids ask to read Fred. They look forward to it. Was this review helpful? Yes (0) No (0)
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Great seriesI purchased this for my 7 year old special needs child. We use it slightly different than most. I read a chapter to him while he colors or builds with blocks. When we started Apples he didn't know his days of the week or months of the year. We are now in Butterflies and I'm amazed at what he has absorbed from this series. It's a slow and easy curriculum. A bit costly, but worth it. I have purchased (AD) so far. Was this review helpful? Yes (0) No (0)
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Very cleverThis is very cleverly written and a fun way to learn your math. Highly recommend. Was this review helpful? Yes (0) No (0)
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Do not include HTML, links, references to other stores, pricing or contact info.My question is about:If your question is about more than one item, click + to add them.Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 58 answersWhy did you choose this?Rainbow Resource Center StoreTo make my 6 year old daughter think outside the box for math. She is very creative and will love the stories that will make her think!Eric H on Sep 28, 2017Life of Fred has worked well for my children as their learning styles are quite diverse.James B on Sep 1, 2017comes highly recommendedJulie W on Aug 31, 2017to get student interested in mathCarolyn A on Aug 10, 2017Because I borrowed it from the library and my kids loved it.Emily H on Jul 3, 2017Using Saxon 1 with grandson and all the drawn out lessons and repetition are boring him to tears.User on May 25, 2017I like it's reallife approach to math.Christine S on Apr 22, 2017I've heard great things about the book and after reviewing it, I believe that it will help my visualspatial learner understand math concepts that have been eluding her.Faith C on Mar 23, 2017Read that they were good math books for teaching math in a new wayRachel B on Mar 7, 2017Trying a new math curriculum in our homeschoolKelly B on Nov 20, 2016curiosity... need a changeJuana K on Oct 12, 2016We are going to try this out as a supplement to our math program.Dean K on Sep 14, 2016Highly recommended. Will use this to supplement MathUSeeHeather L on Aug 28, 2016I heard it was a creative way to learn math.Jonni M on Aug 11, 2016Good reviewsTequitia A on Aug 8, 2016I've heard only good about these books.Susan R on Jul 27, 2016We needed a lowkey, goodforsnuggles, math curriculum after a hard, emotional year of family crisis.Jerry S on Jul 5, 2016Summer home schoolingSusan B on Jun 28, 2016I have seen many reviews from homeschoolers who rave about it and I thought it would be a good fit for us and my daugher who doesn't enjoy the public school method of teaching math.Leslie L on Jun 10, 2016I have a daughter that has a learning disability. She learns best when concepts are verbalized instead of visualized. This program is going to be a great fit for her!Joshua G on May 14, 2016I wanted an unconventional way to teach math to my son so that he can learn in multiple ways.Tursa F on Apr 10, 2016I wanted to try something different for my 1st grader who doesn't like mathAmy F on Feb 23, 2016I chose this to add a little to our daily math practice.Sasha P on Feb 22, 2016Sounds like a creative approach to math that I am excited to share with my daughter. She loves being read to so I think this will be a great way to help her be more engaged in learning about math. Also, it is great to have concepts explained in another way in case she has any gaps in her understanding.Catherine A on Feb 17, 2016Heard good reviews on Life of Fred. Hope to provide a bigger picture of math.Donna W on Feb 10, 2016To make my 6 year old daughter think outside the box for math. She is very creative and will love the stories that will make her think!Eric H on Sep 28, 2017Fun Math.Carmen M on Sep 22, 2017Life of Fred has worked well for my children as their learning styles are quite diverse.James B on Sep 1, 2017The review in your catalog interested me, and I thought I would like to try it out.Nicole S on Aug 31, 2017comes highly recommendedJulie W on Aug 31, 2017To try out for my daughterAlyssa J on Aug 17, 2017to get student interested in mathCarolyn A on Aug 10, 2017We love LoF! Recommended to us by a friend last year.Rachel W on Aug 9, 2017Because I borrowed it from the library and my kids loved it.Emily H on Jul 3, 2017Math suggestionShawn E on Jun 24, 2017Using Saxon 1 with grandson and all the drawn out lessons and repetition are boring him to tears.User on May 25, 2017had excellent reviews, and enjoyed the samples provided online. will give Apples a try.Catherine L on Apr 26, 2017I like it's reallife approach to math.Christine S on Apr 22, 2017I want to peak my daughters interest in math.Elizabeth K on Apr 17, 2017I've heard great things about the book and after reviewing it, I believe that it will help my visualspatial learner understand math concepts that have been eluding her.Faith C on Mar 23, 2017I have heard wonderful things about this program, and I'm eager to try it out to keep mathematical thought in my son's head between kindergarten and first grade.Elsa E on Mar 17, 2017Read that they were good math books for teaching math in a new wayRachel B on Mar 7, 2017purchased for my preschooler I have heard great things and I'm hoping it will be fun to usebeth c on Feb 22, 2017Trying a new math curriculum in our homeschoolKelly B on Nov 20, 2016I've heard nothing but good reviews of this book and decided to try it out for my newly homeschooling children!Safira M on Oct 15, 2016curiosity... need a changeJuana K on Oct 12, 2016Recommended by a friend and great reviewsJackie J on Sep 26, 2016We are going to try this out as a supplement to our math program.Dean K on Sep 14, 2016My daughter is autistic and we have been looking for a math program that will keep her engaged and result in fewer tears. It also can't cost a mortgage payment. Hopefully this will help us learn math without so much frustration.Meghan P on Sep 4, 2016Highly recommended. Will use this to supplement MathUSeeHeather L on Aug 28, 2016price is greatNadia K on Aug 15, 2016I heard it was a creative way to learn math.Jonni M on Aug 11, 2016A seasoned homeschooling mom recommended the series.Estelle M on Aug 9, 2016Good reviewsTequitia A on Aug 8, 2016I've heard good things about this book and want to try it with my preschooler.Brian T on Jul 31, 2016I've heard only good about these books.Susan R on Jul 27, 2016My son is so hand's on. I thought he would love hands on math, but he gets frustrated as he wants to build & be inventive with the manipulatives. However, when he's in "learning" mode, he soaks up stories. He also really likes every day math, so it dawned on me that he should have story based math. I think using our handson program in conjunction with storybased math will be just the key for him. I'm going to see if he does better with this or Life Lessons for a Living Education.User on Jul 21, 2016We needed a lowkey, goodforsnuggles, math curriculum after a hard, emotional year of family crisis.Jerry S on Jul 5, 2016Looks interesting, and I know people who enjoy using it. I think it will be a fun way to enjoy math with my kids.Sandy F on Jun 28, 2016Summer home schoolingSusan B on Jun 28, 2016curious to tryRita R on Jun 21, 2016I have seen many reviews from homeschoolers who rave about it and I thought it would be a good fit for us and my daugher who doesn't enjoy the public school method of teaching math.Leslie L on Jun 10, 2016We heard good things about this book from homeschool friendsAngela K on May 30, 2016I have a daughter that has a learning disability. She learns best when concepts are verbalized instead of visualized. This program is going to be a great fit for her!Joshua G on May 14, 2016It was a recommendation from a friend to use as a supplement for math. Something fun to liven up our math studies!Raena R on Apr 11, 2016I wanted an unconventional way to teach math to my son so that he can learn in multiple ways.Tursa F on Apr 10, 2016I have a special learner who things needed an extra dynamic in connecting real life scenarios to math. We had tried several math curriculums including Right Start Math, Math Mammoth and Teaching Textbooks. It just didn't make sense to her. This product is wonderful to use with Kumon workbooks. My daughter wakes up every morning and the first book she pulls off the shelf is Life of Fred. I never thought I would see the day when she loved math. Worth every cent!User on Mar 31, 2016I wanted to try something different for my 1st grader who doesn't like mathAmy F on Feb 23, 2016Hoping to have some fun learning math. We home school and are not having fun learning math at the moment.Tammi F on Feb 22, 2016I chose this to add a little to our daily math practice.Sasha P on Feb 22, 2016Had this recommended to us and checking it out.Mike R on Feb 19, 2016Sounds like a creative approach to math that I am excited to share with my daughter. She loves being read to so I think this will be a great way to help her be more engaged in learning about math. Also, it is great to have concepts explained in another way in case she has any gaps in her understanding.Catherine A on Feb 17, 2016I was looking for math that would engage my son and also try to interest him in reading. This has helped some. He loves the story line and the funny antics that happen.Teri R on Feb 12, 2016Heard good reviews on Life of Fred. Hope to provide a bigger picture of math.Donna W on Feb 10, 2016I thought my son would enjoy the funniness as a math supplement.Karin O on Feb 9, 2016Fun Math.Carmen M on Sep 22, 2017The review in your catalog interested me, and I thought I would like to try it out.Nicole S on Aug 31, 2017To try out for my daughterAlyssa J on Aug 17, 2017We love LoF! Recommended to us by a friend last year.Rachel W on Aug 9, 2017Math suggestionShawn E on Jun 24, 2017had excellent reviews, and enjoyed the samples provided online. will give Apples a try.Catherine L on Apr 26, 2017I want to peak my daughters interest in math.Elizabeth K on Apr 17, 2017I have heard wonderful things about this program, and I'm eager to try it out to keep mathematical thought in my son's head between kindergarten and first grade.Elsa E on Mar 17, 2017purchased for my preschooler I have heard great things and I'm hoping it will be fun to usebeth c on Feb 22, 2017I've heard nothing but good reviews of this book and decided to try it out for my newly homeschooling children!Safira M on Oct 15, 2016Recommended by a friend and great reviewsJackie J on Sep 26, 2016My daughter is autistic and we have been looking for a math program that will keep her engaged and result in fewer tears. It also can't cost a mortgage payment. Hopefully this will help us learn math without so much frustration.Meghan P on Sep 4, 2016price is greatNadia K on Aug 15, 2016A seasoned homeschooling mom recommended the series.Estelle M on Aug 9, 2016I've heard good things about this book and want to try it with my preschooler.Brian T on Jul 31, 2016My son is so hand's on. I thought he would love hands on math, but he gets frustrated as he wants to build & be inventive with the manipulatives. However, when he's in "learning" mode, he soaks up stories. He also really likes every day math, so it dawned on me that he should have story based math. I think using our handson program in conjunction with storybased math will be just the key for him. I'm going to see if he does better with this or Life Lessons for a Living Education.User on Jul 21, 2016Looks interesting, and I know people who enjoy using it. I think it will be a fun way to enjoy math with my kids.Sandy F on Jun 28, 2016curious to tryRita R on Jun 21, 2016We heard good things about this book from homeschool friendsAngela K on May 30, 2016It was a recommendation from a friend to use as a supplement for math. Something fun to liven up our math studies!Raena R on Apr 11, 2016I have a special learner who things needed an extra dynamic in connecting real life scenarios to math. We had tried several math curriculums including Right Start Math, Math Mammoth and Teaching Textbooks. It just didn't make sense to her. This product is wonderful to use with Kumon workbooks. My daughter wakes up every morning and the first book she pulls off the shelf is Life of Fred. I never thought I would see the day when she loved math. Worth every cent!User on Mar 31, 2016Hoping to have some fun learning math. We home school and are not having fun learning math at the moment.Tammi F on Feb 22, 2016Had this recommended to us and checking it out.Mike R on Feb 19, 2016I was looking for math that would engage my son and also try to interest him in reading. This has helped some. He loves the story line and the funny antics that happen.Teri R on Feb 12, 2016I thought my son would enjoy the funniness as a math supplement.Karin O on Feb 9, 2016How long is each chapter meant to take?A shopper on Feb 18, 2016BEST ANSWER: Each chapter takes maybe a few minutes to read, and then to answer the questions. Some question sets go faster than others. Usually, my daughter will ask to do at least another chapter, and usually more. Because of this, and because the books are short, I just bring it in every once in awhile, to break up the normal math routine, and even so, we get through the books quickly, as she wants to see what's going to happen with Fred. At this point, we're looking forward to more adventures with Fred and Kingie. :)
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BEST ANSWER: Each chapter takes maybe a few minutes to read, and then to answer the questions. Some question sets go faster than others. Usually, my daughter will ask to do at least another chapter, and usually more. Because of this, and because the books are short, I just bring it in every once in awhile, to break up the normal math routine, and even so, we get through the books quickly, as she wants to see what's going to happen with Fred. At this point, we're looking forward to more adventures with Fred and Kingie. :) Reply
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We've just been working through the first book. But each lesson takes 5 min max and they ask for another! But with such few chapters and how expensive the books are, even one lesson a day adds up quick Reply
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 Holly V on Feb 20, 2016
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I use this as a math supplement and use it 2 times a week. We go through a chapter in a few minutes and then they usually answer 57 questions. Reply
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According to the author, Apples contains 19 lessons and is designed to take approximately one month to complete. Reply
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Vote for the best answer above!is life of Fred religious or secular?A shopper on Dec 11, 2015BEST ANSWER: The author ascribes his work to be "to the glory of God". There is nothing overtly religious about the material. I've read through 3 books so far myself with one of my children and come across one instance where Fred is thankful to God for what he has. So it does promote Christian values  honesty, thankfulness, etc. but the references are few. Reply
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BEST ANSWER: The author ascribes his work to be "to the glory of God". There is nothing overtly religious about the material. I've read through 3 books so far myself with one of my children and come across one instance where Fred is thankful to God for what he has. So it does promote Christian values  honesty, thankfulness, etc. but the references are few. Reply
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We have not gotten very far into the actual curriculum yet, but at the beginning of the book there is a biblical dedication. We love what we have seen so far from this book. Reply
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We are reading the first book and havent read anything religious in it. Reply
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