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Item #: 029719
ISBN: 9780979107245
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My daughter loves it!
My youngest daughter asks for this everyday, and her brother sits in too. He is actually picking up on things, even though he is 3 and not in "school" yet.
November 14, 2017
Purchased
8 months ago
Love it!
My kids ask to read Fred. They look forward to it.
May 6, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Great series
I 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 (A-D) so far.
March 29, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Very clever
This is very cleverly written and a fun way to learn your math. Highly recommend.
March 19, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
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
over 2 years 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 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
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
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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Recommended as a different type of curriculum
User on May 22, 2018
recommendation from friend
krista w on May 10, 2018
Recommended as a different type of curriculum
User on May 22, 2018
I want to try the LOF series to see if my kids actually learn from it.
Crystal P on May 13, 2018
recommendation from friend
krista w on May 10, 2018
This sounds like a quirky--and just plain silly--way to talk about math in "real" situations. I hope it adds that light-hearted fun to those difficult math days.
Jonathan B on Apr 15, 2018
Just wanted to try something different...
Michael P on Apr 7, 2018
I got a recommendation that this is a good math book for kids
Nils O on Apr 2, 2018
I heard wonderful things about this math program and want to use as a supplement with saxon
Robert C on Mar 30, 2018
Need to try something different, this looks different!
Tom G on Mar 27, 2018
Going to try as a supplement for our current math
Magdeline S on Mar 23, 2018
We have done a lot of other Life of Fred Math with our older kids and think it is great. It draws the kids in with the fun stories and interesting facts. We ordered these for our younger children.
Shawn M on Mar 10, 2018
I thought it looked fun to read to a second grader.
Tina M on Mar 6, 2018
our favorite math curriculum
Anna H on Jan 8, 2018
We wanted to add math to our bedtime basket and it was highly recommended.
Kristina G on Dec 30, 2017
To 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, 2017
Fun Math.
Carmen M on Sep 22, 2017
Life of Fred has worked well for my children as their learning styles are quite diverse.
James B on Sep 1, 2017
The review in your catalog interested me, and I thought I would like to try it out.
Nicole S on Aug 31, 2017
comes highly recommended
Julie W on Aug 31, 2017
To try out for my daughter
Alyssa J on Aug 17, 2017
to get student interested in math
Carolyn A on Aug 10, 2017
We love LoF! Recommended to us by a friend last year.
Rachel W on Aug 9, 2017
Because I borrowed it from the library and my kids loved it.
Emily H on Jul 3, 2017
Math suggestion
Shawn E on Jun 24, 2017
Using Saxon 1 with grandson and all the drawn out lessons and repetition are boring him to tears.
User on May 25, 2017
had excellent reviews, and enjoyed the samples provided online. will give Apples a try.
Catherine L on Apr 26, 2017
I like it's real-life approach to math.
Christine S on Apr 22, 2017
I want to peak my daughters interest in math.
Elizabeth K on Apr 17, 2017
I've heard great things about the book and after reviewing it, I believe that it will help my visual-spatial learner understand math concepts that have been eluding her.
Faith C on Mar 23, 2017
I 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, 2017
Read that they were good math books for teaching math in a new way
Rachel B on Mar 7, 2017
purchased for my preschooler I have heard great things and I'm hoping it will be fun to use
beth c on Feb 22, 2017
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
I want to try the LOF series to see if my kids actually learn from it.
Crystal P on May 13, 2018
This sounds like a quirky--and just plain silly--way to talk about math in "real" situations. I hope it adds that light-hearted fun to those difficult math days.
Jonathan B on Apr 15, 2018
How long is each chapter meant to take?
A shopper on Feb 18, 2016
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. :-)
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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    My daughter loves it!
    My youngest daughter asks for this everyday, and her brother sits in too. He is actually picking up on things, even though he is 3 and not in "school" yet.
    November 14, 2017
    Purchased
    8 months ago
    Love it!
    My kids ask to read Fred. They look forward to it.
    May 6, 2017
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Great series
    I 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 (A-D) so far.
    March 29, 2017
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Very clever
    This is very cleverly written and a fun way to learn your math. Highly recommend.
    March 19, 2017
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    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
    1 year ago
    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
    over 2 years 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 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
    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
    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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    Why did you choose this?
    Rainbow Resource Center Store
    Recommended as a different type of curriculum
    User on May 22, 2018
    recommendation from friend
    krista w on May 10, 2018
    Recommended as a different type of curriculum
    User on May 22, 2018
    I want to try the LOF series to see if my kids actually learn from it.
    Crystal P on May 13, 2018
    recommendation from friend
    krista w on May 10, 2018
    This sounds like a quirky--and just plain silly--way to talk about math in "real" situations. I hope it adds that light-hearted fun to those difficult math days.
    Jonathan B on Apr 15, 2018
    Just wanted to try something different...
    Michael P on Apr 7, 2018
    I got a recommendation that this is a good math book for kids
    Nils O on Apr 2, 2018
    I heard wonderful things about this math program and want to use as a supplement with saxon
    Robert C on Mar 30, 2018
    Need to try something different, this looks different!
    Tom G on Mar 27, 2018
    Going to try as a supplement for our current math
    Magdeline S on Mar 23, 2018
    We have done a lot of other Life of Fred Math with our older kids and think it is great. It draws the kids in with the fun stories and interesting facts. We ordered these for our younger children.
    Shawn M on Mar 10, 2018
    I thought it looked fun to read to a second grader.
    Tina M on Mar 6, 2018
    our favorite math curriculum
    Anna H on Jan 8, 2018
    We wanted to add math to our bedtime basket and it was highly recommended.
    Kristina G on Dec 30, 2017
    To 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, 2017
    Fun Math.
    Carmen M on Sep 22, 2017
    Life of Fred has worked well for my children as their learning styles are quite diverse.
    James B on Sep 1, 2017
    The review in your catalog interested me, and I thought I would like to try it out.
    Nicole S on Aug 31, 2017
    comes highly recommended
    Julie W on Aug 31, 2017
    To try out for my daughter
    Alyssa J on Aug 17, 2017
    to get student interested in math
    Carolyn A on Aug 10, 2017
    We love LoF! Recommended to us by a friend last year.
    Rachel W on Aug 9, 2017
    Because I borrowed it from the library and my kids loved it.
    Emily H on Jul 3, 2017
    Math suggestion
    Shawn E on Jun 24, 2017
    Using Saxon 1 with grandson and all the drawn out lessons and repetition are boring him to tears.
    User on May 25, 2017
    had excellent reviews, and enjoyed the samples provided online. will give Apples a try.
    Catherine L on Apr 26, 2017
    I like it's real-life approach to math.
    Christine S on Apr 22, 2017
    I want to peak my daughters interest in math.
    Elizabeth K on Apr 17, 2017
    I've heard great things about the book and after reviewing it, I believe that it will help my visual-spatial learner understand math concepts that have been eluding her.
    Faith C on Mar 23, 2017
    I 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, 2017
    Read that they were good math books for teaching math in a new way
    Rachel B on Mar 7, 2017
    purchased for my preschooler I have heard great things and I'm hoping it will be fun to use
    beth c on Feb 22, 2017
    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
    I want to try the LOF series to see if my kids actually learn from it.
    Crystal P on May 13, 2018
    This sounds like a quirky--and just plain silly--way to talk about math in "real" situations. I hope it adds that light-hearted fun to those difficult math days.
    Jonathan B on Apr 15, 2018
    How long is each chapter meant to take?
    A shopper on Feb 18, 2016
    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. :-)
    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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