Life of Fred: Fractions

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Item #: 042828
ISBN: 9780970999597
Grades: 5-7

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from Virginia wrote the following on :
My son has struggled and struggled with math the last several years and absolutely hated anything to do with math. Everyday was a fight to get him to do his math. He would sit for hours and hours just staring at his math book and cry when I tried to sit down with him to work on it. I've tried several different curriculums with him and nothing worked. I decided that this year something needed to change with his math. After searching for a math curriculum that he would enjoy and understand I consulted a curriculum specialist here at Rainbow Resource. I explained my dilemma and the specialist asked, "Does your son like to read?" I told her he does and then she recommended The Life of Fred math books. This has been the best math book I have ever seen or tried to do with my son! It has a great story line (Yes! It teaches in story form!), that captivates my son and he doesn't want to stop doing his math now! He does several chapters everyday and his math is the first thing he pulls off the book shelf every morning. He is grasping the fraction skills so easily (because they are explained so simply), which is something that he's never been able to do before. I am also finding my other children reading the books just for the story! If you have a child who is struggling in math, or if your child could just do with a different twist to math, these are the books for your child! I highly recommend them to anyone!
from Western PA wrote the following on :
Everybody loves Fred!! Yep, even the 3 year old! We purchased Fred after a very frustrating search for upper grade math. From experience, some of the more "popular" math courses are just not the best for everyone. Too much reading, instruction, repetition, just too much of everything. We have a child who struggles with reading, he tires easily and frustrates quickly. Math, however was his strength. Of the two math courses we tried, one was heavy on reading and the other had NO instruction. Where to find the balance? The computer math courses were a little too pricey for us. When my new Rainbow catalog arrived, I happened to flip open tho the page presenting The Life of Fred. Hmmm...Interesting. After some internet research we plunged in, buying the whole set. My son is happily plugging through the first book. Challenging yet not overwhelming. My oldest daughter used the Fractions and Percents & Decimals for review and said they were fantastic. She also noted they were a great follow up to Saxon 7/6. She is currently in Basic Algebra and really enjoys it. Sometimes, at night, I find her reading to her little brothers out of Fred. They giggle at the pictures and repeat the stories to people in conversation. As far as difficulty or depth or adequate coverage of topics? We shall see. Right now, it's nice to have a child excited about math, relaxed in his learning, and enjoying a good challenge. Fred forces you to think. The questions stretch you. There aren't that many questions in each chapter, however, they are LOADED! One more note on the depth of coverage. Our uncle was visiting and he is literally a rocket scientist. He was looking over Fred, smiling at the kids' excitement. He nodded and said, "This is nice, very nice. Challenging and thorough, yet very engaging." He wrote down the title so he could pass it on to a friend who home schools. There you go, approval from a rocket scientist. Good enough for me.
from Daphne, Al wrote the following on :
Wow!!! I cannot begin to express how excited I am about this math program. I ordered Life of Fred Fractions as an experiment. I received the book on Friday and gave it to my daughter just to look over. She started to READ and after a few minutes she came to me and asked for a piece of paper. I watched in awe! By Sunday morning I had to pry the book out of her hands and demand that she put her math book away for a while. She had completed half the book on her own. My daughter had previously finished the first half of Singapore 4 which covered fractions; however, she just as easily mastered new concepts as well as math concepts she had been taught previously. When I would pass her room I could hear her laughing out loud at the stories!!! I have since recommended it to everyone I know. It is a unique book that tests whether the student truly understands math concepts. My daughter self checks all the problems until she reaches a "bridge" and she brings the problems to me to check (answers are in back). If anything is missed, I can tell immediately which concept needs to be reviewed. "Chapters" are short (as little as one page), but teach an incredible amount of information. I believe this would be an excellent series to prepare a student for the SAT.
from Illinois wrote the following on :
My 12 year old son tired of the same old math drills year after year, and I knew he needed something more to spice up his enthusiasm. He loves math, and we typically use two curriculums for it, but it got dull. Fred is amazing! It is self-taught, which my son thought was fabulous, and it is so engaging! My son was hooked once he opened the book. We ordered fractions to review, but really just so we could start at the beginning of Fred's journey, it's that good. It's the first subject that my son does everyday. This curriculum is very easy to use and you need only the text. It is a very worthwhile investment. I have to say that this is a one of a kind type of math program and I have no negative thoughts about it. We have used A Beka, Singapore, and Math-U-See for elementary math. For secondary math, I have to say Life of Fred is my top choice.
from Hope Mills, NC wrote the following on :
Our daughter has dyscalculia and other math curricula caused volcanic eruptions of tears. If you hadn't reviewed LIFE of FRED in such detail, I wouldn't have contacted the books' author, and my daughter probably wouldn't be smiling and laughing her way through her math today! Thanks again!
from Texas wrote the following on :
LOF Fractions is the book that turned Math around for my son. I read about Life of Fred(LOF) on a homeschooling board and knew that I had to at least try it. The story of Fred is engaging(I even enjoy reading the stories!) and at the same time weaves mathematical concepts into the lesson. The problems in the book are presented in a fun and easy setting but are still challenging enough that students learn Math and the whys and wherefores behind the concepts. The book is beneficial to those students whose strengths lie in verbal and language abilities. It puts Math in 'their language'. The LOF series has given my son a confidence in Math that I had not seen before and has taught him to work independently. Another plus for this series is cost. LOF is one of the least expensive Math programs available for homeschoolers. My son is now in high-school and we will continue to use the LOF series for his Math credits.
from Alaska wrote the following on :
I have seven children, ages 22 down to 3, and NO other curriculum has been as helpful or enjoyable as Life of Fred Math. We've used all the books from Apples (1st grade) to Calculus with the various ages of children. My kids who were older when we started using the books learned more math to mastery in one year than they had in all the years before put together. My three oldest (In 11th, 9th, and 7th grade at the time) had pretty much given up hope of ever understanding math but after using Life of Fred: Fractions (the book they all started with), they not only "get" math, they LIKE math! Plus, they learn it all on their own, just like they should.
from Tenn wrote the following on :
YEAH for Life of Fred!!! I ordered the Fractions and Decimals books for my reluctant son. Now the first thing he does in the mornings after reading his devotional is say, "Mom, may I do my math FIRST?" I have told him repeatedly you do not have to ask!!! Before, math was … well, not pleasant for any involved! I also want to note that I have not seen a more economical math program (any program really other than Apologia elementary science books) for the price! It is an unbelievable deal. These books can be used again and again. I love the size, and so does my son. He too wants to do more than one lesson a day. When I told him I would be asking him to start the Decimals and Percents book (and use it throughout the summer) after he finishes the Fractions book, his face just lit up! I don't know if the books will work for my 2nd grade son, but he is already reading over his older brother's shoulder so I may just let him try it one day. He is already multiplying and dividing so we'll see. My son, who is using LOF, is 11 and in 5th grade. Hope this helps another reluctant math student to learn to LOVE math again and to see how useful it truly is b/c Fred is great at teaching that concept as well.
from Tennessee wrote the following on :
With a degree in mathematics, I was very skeptical about this program. But I got it to use as a supplement to Saxon for my dyslexic son. I was hoping that his fondness of math would help improve his reading. In 6 months and only three books, his reading improved three grade levels. His success with LOF has made it possible to now use Saxon as the supplement. (If he can't pass the Saxon test, he must complete the necessary lessons in Saxon; this has only happened once.) His standardized test scores for the year also show significant improvement. The improvement in his reading has begun to translate to every other subject as well. Oddly, spelling and grammar showed almost immediate improvement. LOF has been a very affordable fix to several problems and all I had to do was read the lesson before hand and listen as he read so I could correct his reading.
from Ohio wrote the following on :
Our family is crazy about LOF. I purchased Fractions, because my son was struggling with fractions using Math-U-See. Three months later, he is a fraction whiz and asking when the decimal book will be in. There is little teacher prep: pre-reading the entertaining lessons and grading the Bridges. Most of the lessons are self-taught. Children are encouraged to be independent and not rely on the instructor or parent in order to learn. Of all the money I have spent on math curriculums, LOF has been the BEST investment.
from Seattle wrote the following on :
We've started with Pre-Algebra 1 and are continuing with Pre-Algebra 2, and we have Beginning Algebra. These books are wonderfully motivating to use, although it's easy for my girl to get lost in the story and ignore the math. Fortunately, he wakes her up with the Bridge sections. I believe that if you've used the previous books, mathematically you don't need both pre-algebra books.