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Hilarious!! 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 A-D 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.
November 7, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
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!
June 25, 2013
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!
November 1, 2012
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
April 16, 2013
Better than a textbook
My 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.
August 24, 2016
Purchased
4 months ago
First of all the grade range listed for this book is inaccurate I read it with my 6- and 4-year-olds 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 3-6 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 6-year-old 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 willy-nilly 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
November 1, 2011
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Trying a new math curriculum in our homeschool
Kelly B on Nov 20, 2016
curiosity... need a change
Juana K on Oct 12, 2016
Trying a new math curriculum in our homeschool
Kelly B on Nov 20, 2016
I'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, 2016
curiosity... need a change
Juana K on Oct 12, 2016
Recommended by a friend and great reviews
Jackie J on Sep 26, 2016
We are going to try this out as a supplement to our math program.
Dean K on Sep 14, 2016
My 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, 2016
Highly recommended. Will use this to supplement MathUSee
Heather L on Aug 28, 2016
price is great
Nadia K on Aug 15, 2016
I heard it was a creative way to learn math.
Jonni M on Aug 11, 2016
A seasoned homeschooling mom recommended the series.
Estelle M on Aug 9, 2016
Good reviews
Tequitia A on Aug 8, 2016
I've heard good things about this book and want to try it with my preschooler.
Brian T on Jul 31, 2016
I've heard only good about these books.
Susan R on Jul 27, 2016
My 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 hands-on program in conjunction with story-based 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, 2016
We needed a low-key, good-for-snuggles, math curriculum after a hard, emotional year of family crisis.
Jerry S on Jul 5, 2016
Looks 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, 2016
Summer home schooling
Susan B on Jun 28, 2016
curious to try
Rita R on Jun 21, 2016
I 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, 2016
We heard good things about this book from homeschool friends
Angela K on May 30, 2016
I 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, 2016
It 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, 2016
I wanted an unconventional way to teach math to my son so that he can learn in multiple ways.
Tursa F on Apr 10, 2016
I 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, 2016
I wanted to try something different for my 1st grader who doesn't like math
Amy F on Feb 23, 2016
Hoping to have some fun learning math. We home school and are not having fun learning math at the moment.
Tammi F on Feb 22, 2016
I chose this to add a little to our daily math practice.
Sasha P on Feb 22, 2016
Had this recommended to us and checking it out.
Mike R on Feb 19, 2016
Sounds 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, 2016
I 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, 2016
Heard good reviews on Life of Fred. Hope to provide a bigger picture of math.
Donna W on Feb 10, 2016
I thought my son would enjoy the funniness as a math supplement.
Karin O on Feb 9, 2016
needed a math supplement to go with current curriculum
Christy S on Feb 5, 2016
Trying out, sounds like a fun supplement
Rosemary K on Jan 28, 2016
A friend used it and liked it.
Amy N on Jan 9, 2016
Recommended by other homeschool moms, and their kids!
Susan S on Jan 3, 2016
Trying it out to see if it meshes well with second son.
Sariah D on Dec 10, 2015
Have heard good things about Life of Fred and want to try the first book
Brytt B on Dec 7, 2015
Additional math resources
Brenda M on Dec 2, 2015
We need a new way learn math. Enough of drill workbooks!
Cassandra S on Nov 17, 2015
My sister recommended Life of Fred for our young boys starting out our first year homeschooling.
Kelly S on Oct 16, 2015
supplement
Stacey P on Oct 8, 2015
I'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, 2016
Recommended by a friend and great reviews
Jackie J on Sep 26, 2016
How long is each chapter meant to take?
A shopper on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 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
is life of Fred religious or secular?
A shopper on Dec 11, 2015
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.
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    Hilarious!! 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 A-D 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.
    November 7, 2015
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    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!
    June 25, 2013
    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!
    November 1, 2012
    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
    April 16, 2013
    Better than a textbook
    My 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.
    August 24, 2016
    Purchased
    4 months ago
    First of all the grade range listed for this book is inaccurate I read it with my 6- and 4-year-olds 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 3-6 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 6-year-old 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 willy-nilly 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
    November 1, 2011
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    Trying a new math curriculum in our homeschool
    Kelly B on Nov 20, 2016
    curiosity... need a change
    Juana K on Oct 12, 2016
    Trying a new math curriculum in our homeschool
    Kelly B on Nov 20, 2016
    I'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, 2016
    curiosity... need a change
    Juana K on Oct 12, 2016
    Recommended by a friend and great reviews
    Jackie J on Sep 26, 2016
    We are going to try this out as a supplement to our math program.
    Dean K on Sep 14, 2016
    My 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, 2016
    Highly recommended. Will use this to supplement MathUSee
    Heather L on Aug 28, 2016
    price is great
    Nadia K on Aug 15, 2016
    I heard it was a creative way to learn math.
    Jonni M on Aug 11, 2016
    A seasoned homeschooling mom recommended the series.
    Estelle M on Aug 9, 2016
    Good reviews
    Tequitia A on Aug 8, 2016
    I've heard good things about this book and want to try it with my preschooler.
    Brian T on Jul 31, 2016
    I've heard only good about these books.
    Susan R on Jul 27, 2016
    My 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 hands-on program in conjunction with story-based 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, 2016
    We needed a low-key, good-for-snuggles, math curriculum after a hard, emotional year of family crisis.
    Jerry S on Jul 5, 2016
    Looks 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, 2016
    Summer home schooling
    Susan B on Jun 28, 2016
    curious to try
    Rita R on Jun 21, 2016
    I 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, 2016
    We heard good things about this book from homeschool friends
    Angela K on May 30, 2016
    I 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, 2016
    It 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, 2016
    I wanted an unconventional way to teach math to my son so that he can learn in multiple ways.
    Tursa F on Apr 10, 2016
    I 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, 2016
    I wanted to try something different for my 1st grader who doesn't like math
    Amy F on Feb 23, 2016
    Hoping to have some fun learning math. We home school and are not having fun learning math at the moment.
    Tammi F on Feb 22, 2016
    I chose this to add a little to our daily math practice.
    Sasha P on Feb 22, 2016
    Had this recommended to us and checking it out.
    Mike R on Feb 19, 2016
    Sounds 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, 2016
    I 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, 2016
    Heard good reviews on Life of Fred. Hope to provide a bigger picture of math.
    Donna W on Feb 10, 2016
    I thought my son would enjoy the funniness as a math supplement.
    Karin O on Feb 9, 2016
    needed a math supplement to go with current curriculum
    Christy S on Feb 5, 2016
    Trying out, sounds like a fun supplement
    Rosemary K on Jan 28, 2016
    A friend used it and liked it.
    Amy N on Jan 9, 2016
    Recommended by other homeschool moms, and their kids!
    Susan S on Jan 3, 2016
    Trying it out to see if it meshes well with second son.
    Sariah D on Dec 10, 2015
    Have heard good things about Life of Fred and want to try the first book
    Brytt B on Dec 7, 2015
    Additional math resources
    Brenda M on Dec 2, 2015
    We need a new way learn math. Enough of drill workbooks!
    Cassandra S on Nov 17, 2015
    My sister recommended Life of Fred for our young boys starting out our first year homeschooling.
    Kelly S on Oct 16, 2015
    supplement
    Stacey P on Oct 8, 2015
    I'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, 2016
    Recommended by a friend and great reviews
    Jackie J on Sep 26, 2016
    How long is each chapter meant to take?
    A shopper on Feb 18, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: 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
    is life of Fred religious or secular?
    A shopper on Dec 11, 2015
    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.
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