Life of Fred: Fractions

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Item #: 042828
ISBN: 9780970999597
Grades: 5-7
Author: Stanley F. Schmidt

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Publisher: Polka Dot Publishing
Pub. Date: 2010
Binding: Cloth Text
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 7.25 x 10.25 x .6 in.; 1.3 lbs.
Edition: illustrated
Language: English
Age Range: 11 to
Audience: Elementary/High School

Category Description for Life of Fred Middle / High School Series

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Good book
The life of Fred fractions is unique and the kids like to read into it and do the lessons .
November 26, 2018
9 months ago
This book holds my son's attention and breaks fractions down into simpler steps.
May 18, 2016
over 3 years ago
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
July 19, 2014
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
August 9, 2012
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!
September 30, 2010
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
August 16, 2010
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
March 3, 2010
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 HmmmInteresting 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
October 22, 2009
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!
September 23, 2008
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It seemed like a good fit for my child who doesn't like math but is smart and creative.
lacy s on Aug 9, 2019
tried everything else hoping this is a good fit for my son
Jennifer W on Jul 19, 2019
It seemed like a good fit for my child who doesn't like math but is smart and creative.
lacy s on Aug 9, 2019
My high schoolers have some math foundation gaps and are currently uninspired with their current remedial curriculum. I read great reviews on Amazon about the success others are having with these books at various ages and stages of math ability. They're having fun and motivated to learn more. Plus, the concepts seem to take deeper root as the students understand what they're doing better. I desire this for my daughters as well.
Shani W on Aug 2, 2019
tried everything else hoping this is a good fit for my son
Jennifer W on Jul 19, 2019
Kids like this series
XIN J on Jul 14, 2019
Supplement my daughter's math program from school.
Jennifer H on Jun 2, 2019
My right brain children will benefit from this unique approach to teaching mathematics.
Laura G on Jan 24, 2019
We love Fred.
Michelle M on Dec 7, 2018
I'm looking for a good curriculum for a kid who has a lot of math anxiety.
Carly F on Dec 5, 2018
My children love and learn from Life of Fred books. My oldest has used them through high school and is going to be a math major in college.
Julia N on Sep 21, 2018
I added an additional student to my math recovery class.
Cindy H on Sep 13, 2018
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Stacy C on Aug 18, 2018
We enjoy this series as a supplement to Math Mammoth.
Raquel E on Aug 17, 2018
i heard a lot of good things on these books
Michelle V on Jul 12, 2018
We have use BJU Math with my kids since kindergarten but after much research have decided to give Life of Fred a try for my 7th grader.
Elizabeth Q on Jun 26, 2018
I have a smart kid who's great with words, but struggles with number anxiety. Based on reviewing this curriculum and many reviews, we think it will be a good fit for our kid.
Helen H on May 7, 2018
I got this mostly as a refresher but also for the concepts that are taught in the book that were never taught in public school.
Tina C on Apr 20, 2018
Well, everyone needs fractions in their math toolbox.
M L on Apr 12, 2018
Needed a new, fresh curriculum for my teen, who struggles with math.
Leslie N on Jan 18, 2018
My daughter enjoyed the elementary series of Fred.
Seirah C on Jan 10, 2018
Have been very pleased with prior math books.Very happy to have a curriculum that makes math make sense.
User on Jan 2, 2018
Looking for a new ways to help my children with math.
Sondra M on Nov 8, 2017
Have used all previous levels of LOF.
Megan F on Sep 21, 2017
My boys who have learning disabilities really struggle to understand fractions. "Life of Fred" books are different in how they teach a concept.
Bonnie J on Aug 13, 2017
Life of Fred provides a great alternative to traditional math curriculum. The story line is engaging and helps solidify concepts for people who don't "get" math.
J M on Aug 3, 2017
I love the living books type approach this curriculum has. I also enjoy the out of the box style. My kids love the story and learn a lot just from reading through them.
Shelly G on May 16, 2017
Hoping this story based math will be interesting to my daughter and help her retain the information better.
Jennifer D on May 2, 2017
It's the first math program my son actually understands
Erin S on May 1, 2017
Was suggested by someone who homeschooled both daughters
Indira S on Apr 20, 2017
My younger kids are enjoying Life of Fred elementary series and now my older kids are begging for Life of Fred to go along with their higher level math courses.
Christopher W on Apr 7, 2017
Looks like a fun way to do Math over the summer. My kids read the samples and were all laughing and excited to get Life of Fred.
Amy T on Mar 5, 2017
Our kids ages 10 and 15 love LOF!
Sally B on Feb 23, 2017
My son LOVES Life of Fred. He reads these alongside doing Teaching Textbooks.. actually wants to do these as MORE math! (He use to cry over math a few years ago! These helped him understand it more)
Tara K on Feb 5, 2017
Love Life of Fred. This book will function as a supplement as my daughter is using Saxon for her primary math.
Jennifer H on Jan 24, 2017
Younger kid loves LoF, hoping older kid will find it fun and useful too.
Jeremy K on Jan 15, 2017
Life of Fred has worked amazingly well as a math curriculum to help my son enjoy and understand math
Chaun M on Nov 30, 2016
My son is Dyslexic and ADHD. We've struggled with all kinds of math curriculum. This Life of Fred is one he enjoys reading and doing. He is making huge progress with his fractions. I also back this up with Teaching Textbooks Grade 6.
Laura L on Nov 25, 2016
I heard about this series from a friend. I thought I would try the fractions book for my son so that he can get a more solid understanding of fractions in a new format.
Bonni S on Oct 15, 2016
I think this will be perfect for my fifth grade daughter. Life of Fred has been great for all six of my children.
Katharine G on Oct 3, 2016
I love teaching my children math through stories. Life of Fred is a great classical math book.
Tiffany E on Sep 30, 2016
Recommended by a friend and great reviews
Jackie J on Sep 26, 2016
My girls love Fred. Dr. Stanley helps them understand how math is part of everyday life, while making it fun. His books even got two thumbs up from my nephew who is a Ph.D. in physics at Cornell University.
Najwa W on Sep 23, 2016
My kids love Life of Fred! We started with the first book-Apples, and have continued reading the series. My kids love the fact that it is funny, engaging, and interesting. When I teach them something new in math, they are already familiar with it because of Life of Fred. We use Life of Fred as a Math as a supplement.
Gina E on Sep 6, 2016
Hoping LoF helps with non-math student.
Robin H on Aug 19, 2016
I have a bright 12 YO who thinks she doesn't like math. It's time to try something different.
Andrea S on Aug 16, 2016
My kids enjoy Life of Fred.
Jodi G on Aug 16, 2016
Good reviews
Tequitia A on Aug 8, 2016
I have heard good things about this curriculum.
Barbara T on Jul 29, 2016
I have a struggling to learn child & have heard great things about LoF!!
Michaela L on Jul 18, 2016
highly recommended by fellow homeschool family
Melanie T on Jul 11, 2016
I needed something new and fresh for my 6th grader and this math program seems to be just that! we are excited to try it out!
Camilla C on Jun 30, 2016
My high schoolers have some math foundation gaps and are currently uninspired with their current remedial curriculum. I read great reviews on Amazon about the success others are having with these books at various ages and stages of math ability. They're having fun and motivated to learn more. Plus, the concepts seem to take deeper root as the students understand what they're doing better. I desire this for my daughters as well.
Shani W on Aug 2, 2019
Kids like this series
XIN J on Jul 14, 2019
I am interested in using Life of Fred beginning with the Fractions book. My son just finished Singapore 4a. Would he be ready to move on with the Life of Fred Fractions or would there be some math concepts that get lost in between? Thanks so much for your thoughts.
A shopper on Jun 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I think that would work out all right. Two of my kids switched after 4B, I would say the biggest thing is that they need to be really smooth and efficient with their arithmetic in order to be ready for Life of Fred Fractions.
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