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Grades: 1-5

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Life of Fred for almost five year old.
We just started apples and my son wakes up every morning wanting to know what Fred is up to. He and I absolutely love the story. The only reason I give four instead of five stars is that is that I don’t know how much he is actually learning. He doesn’t seem to be understanding how to add, he just always guesses “7” because that is more often than not the answer. I think I will start supplementing with it.
January 28, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Great for my different learner
My 8yo son has dyslexia, ADHD and is gifted. LOF somehow combines simplicity, practicality and big concepts in a fun book. It feeds my sons need to learn about big, complex mathematical concepts while teaching the basics gradually. He loves math. Works great for us and we are starting Cats next week. Will also try LOF logic in a few years!
November 6, 2017
Life of Fred
Both my 8 and 6 year olds LOVE these books they are excited and want to do math everyday just to see what Fred and Kingie are up to next. Such a great purchase!!!
October 13, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
Love it!
Reading life of fred is so enjoyable for me & my son both. He is in 2nd grade. We often don't want to stop reading.
This has worked really well as a part of our homeschool curriculum. It introduces a variety of topics that can be expounded on to enhance the educational experience.
September 24, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
So in looooove!
I have 2 kids on the spectrum (11 and 14), and a 6 yo that I am reading the Elementary set to at the moment. The 14yo is so bad at maths, going completely back to the basics with Fred and Kingie, with some humour thrown in is great! The books provoke discussion and laughter and thinking. It is fantastic and I am so glad I bought them. We will be buying the secondary set once we get through these!
May 25, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Fun Learning
I bought this to supplement with another math program that I felt my kids were getting a little bored with. They love it. They are 5 and 7 and ask to do more chapters just because it is fun, but they really are learning a lot. I like it too and would highly recommend it.
February 23, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Fantastically Strange
Hilarious way to learn maths that draws the family together. Love it.
February 22, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
My daughter loves it.
My daughter loves science and history and reading, but math...forget it. I've had three other math curriculums before trying Fred. Now, she listens, laughs, and learns at the same time. I love how the books combine different math disciplines (math facts, geometry, algebra) along side history and science. The books are a pure delight.
December 22, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
I can't believe this is math
My son hates math. Hates repetition of problems, flash cards are a 'no way', colors & pictures to make a worksheet pretty don't fool him. Math was nearly the end of homeschool for us, not to mention making our relationship difficult. .. he looks forward to Life of Fred & laughs most of the way thru the chapter. We'Re just finishing Apples, & it's so different to any math I have ever studied or taught, the outcome for me remains to be seen. But at age 7 he's learning concepts of algebra, addition, subtraction, telling time & memorizing math facts without realizing it. We are loving this so far - long may it continue. Thank you for saving homeschool for my family!
November 12, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Love it
So far my daughter loves this new approach to math and my younger son enjoys listening in to the chapters sometimes
October 7, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
Did a lot of research, think this will be a super fun math curriculum for my auditory learner who does not like math.
Melody M on Jun 25, 2018
For summer review, and I'm hoping to make Math more fun!
Kristen C on Apr 30, 2018
Did a lot of research, think this will be a super fun math curriculum for my auditory learner who does not like math.
Melody M on Jun 25, 2018
I borrowed the first book from a friend and really enjoyed reading it to my kids. They thought it was hilarious and asked me to buy the whole set!
Adlai and Grace R on Apr 30, 2018
For summer review, and I'm hoping to make Math more fun!
Kristen C on Apr 30, 2018
I have a special-needs daughter who enjoys learning within the context of a narrative, so I'm hoping these books will help her grasp some of the concepts with which she struggles.
Kristin J on Apr 21, 2018
We checked out the Life of Fred books from the Library and my oldest LOVED the first 5. The books were in high demand and so with two more to go through the series eventually I decided it was worth buying them. Best math books ever! I recommend them to EVERYONE!
Virginia K on Apr 15, 2018
I'M FAMILIAR WITH THE SERIES AND CHECKED OUT A COUPLE FROM THE LIBRARY. MY KIDS LOVED THEM. WE HOMESCHOOL AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A NICE ADDITION TO OUR LEARNING
Maria F on Apr 1, 2018
My oldest kiddo LOVES these books. We first tried them when he was 6 or 7 and he didn't like them. But we tried again a year or two later... and now he just speeds through each book, because he finds the stories so much fun. I imagine my other kiddos will enjoy them as they get older, too.
User on Mar 29, 2018
My son is challenged in math and another family recommended this series as a help.
Tina M on Mar 16, 2018
it was highly recommended as a great homeschool math curriculum
Amanda R on Mar 12, 2018
recommended by friend
Alexis R on Mar 8, 2018
My oldest son begged me to buy the full elementary series after we checked out Apples, Butterflies, and Cats from the library! He's in love with math taught this way!
Diema R on Mar 7, 2018
It became highly recommended by a friend and reviews seemed great.
Lelaina A on Jan 23, 2018
My son needs additional help with math.
David C on Jan 10, 2018
Conor is learning to read and we hope these books will help and make it fun.
Conor E on Dec 27, 2017
Our library receives many suggestions for purchase and many families asked if we would get this set for them.
Colleen C on Oct 27, 2017
Saw good reviews, my daughter really likes it.
Jackie C on Oct 2, 2017
recommended by a friend
Amanda E on Sep 12, 2017
my son least favorite subject is math. I hope this will turn that around as he is an excellent reader.
tracy w on Aug 25, 2017
Heard a lot of great things about Life of Fred
Sarah C on Aug 16, 2017
Have heard great recommendations for Life of Fred.
Teresa B on Jun 23, 2017
This set was recommended to me for my son, who doesn't like math, by his school. I have seen how great the reviews are for these books also! Crossing my fingers it will be a great investment for his education!
Bonnie C on Jun 14, 2017
Cathy Duffy Review
CHARISSA P on Jun 14, 2017
Part of our homeschool curriculum
Amy C on Jun 13, 2017
I have heard such good things about these. My daughter struggles with wanting to do math. Hopefully these help her be excited about math instead of dread it!
Sara S on Jun 2, 2017
My kids like to read it for pass time.
Joan O on May 30, 2017
My kids love these series after getting the 1st one.
Therese C on Apr 21, 2017
it came highly recommended by other homeschoolers
Maren J on Apr 19, 2017
My daughter is having trouble with math and I have had several people recommend L.O.F. I pray it works!
Erneshia S on Apr 13, 2017
I need something different for my children.
Amy S on Mar 14, 2017
I researched the Life of Fred math and saw the reviews and want to try it.
Jennifer J on Mar 12, 2017
It looks like a good way to teach math. Plus, it looks like fun.
Bonnie F on Feb 18, 2017
I have been wanting to buy these for awhile; we have been enjoying reading the first few pages of each book in online samples. I finally decided to buy all the elementary and the intermediate books. A lot of money so I am hoping it is worth it!
Anna A on Feb 16, 2017
fun way to learn math as a complement
ruth j on Jan 25, 2017
My 9 year old doesn't struggle to understand math, but he absolutely dreads taking the time to sit and drill math problems for an hour a day. He needs something fun and engaging to capture his attention.
Kristin H on Jan 23, 2017
Friends of ours highly recommended this series.
Katie M F on Jan 18, 2017
Recommendation from friend
Pamela B on Dec 6, 2016
alternative to saxon
Lesli C on Nov 25, 2016
It's silly but educational at the same time.
Sonya K on Oct 18, 2016
great reviews
Abram S on Sep 1, 2016
I've heard great things about Life of Fred and I'm looking for something to help my son enjoy math again. Fingers crossed that this approach will work!
Amy H on Aug 31, 2016
I like the idea of topics being built into a story. My children are excited to start the program as a supplement "fun" item to their current math curriculum. This package is the best price I could find on the internet, THANK YOU once again Rainbow Resource Center for the amazing prices.
Jennifer P on Aug 30, 2016
Content
Charlie W on Aug 27, 2016
Great books at a great price
Amy T on Aug 16, 2016
I have seen them and they are amazing!
Brandy S on Aug 15, 2016
Best Price on the internet, from a great homeschool resource. Hoping to enjoy it with all my kids. Great self directed resource, kids can go at their own pace.
Rachel B on Aug 15, 2016
several good recs from friends
Emily S on Aug 7, 2016
I researched a lot of math programs before choosing Life of Fred. I liked that it involves reading, and that math is presented in real life problem solving situations. I was attracted to the short lessons as well. I was nervous, but we are now on the 5th book and my daughter just can't get enough of it. She LOVES this program!
Bernadette C on Apr 25, 2016
My 9 year old read one of the stories and loved it. Two of his cousins are being homeschooled and their mom looked into these books and thought that they would be a great addition to their math curriculum. I just had to purchase them, my son said he wanted to have the books too!
Wendy L on Mar 23, 2016
Excited to try this to see if it will work with our kids. Heard raving reviews about it. After thinking about it for some time, we're taking the opportunity.
Christine R on Mar 19, 2016
Wonderful literary approach to math
Richard F on Mar 1, 2016
I borrowed the first book from a friend and really enjoyed reading it to my kids. They thought it was hilarious and asked me to buy the whole set!
Adlai and Grace R on Apr 30, 2018
I have a special-needs daughter who enjoys learning within the context of a narrative, so I'm hoping these books will help her grasp some of the concepts with which she struggles.
Kristin J on Apr 21, 2018
Is this a supplement to math or a complete curriculum?
User on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That is a matter of opinion. I know some people use these books as their only math curriculum. The stories are very engaging and in a kind of Charlotte Mason style, they cover a wide range of topics and interest, all while practicing math concepts. At the end of each chapter, there are between 3-10 practice problems that the student is to work out on a separate sheet of paper or a notebook, and answers are included on the following page. There are 18-19 chapters per book. I prefer to supplement with other workbooks for a more rounded out and progressive knowledge, but this does an excellent job of keeping the students interested and engaged in Math. The books go in alphabetical order, with Apples being about a Grade 1 level, and Butterflies Grade 1-2, Cats and Dogs Grade 2-3, etc.
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    5.0 / 5.0
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    Life of Fred for almost five year old.
    We just started apples and my son wakes up every morning wanting to know what Fred is up to. He and I absolutely love the story. The only reason I give four instead of five stars is that is that I don’t know how much he is actually learning. He doesn’t seem to be understanding how to add, he just always guesses “7” because that is more often than not the answer. I think I will start supplementing with it.
    January 28, 2018
    Purchased
    6 months ago
    Great for my different learner
    My 8yo son has dyslexia, ADHD and is gifted. LOF somehow combines simplicity, practicality and big concepts in a fun book. It feeds my sons need to learn about big, complex mathematical concepts while teaching the basics gradually. He loves math. Works great for us and we are starting Cats next week. Will also try LOF logic in a few years!
    November 6, 2017
    Life of Fred
    Both my 8 and 6 year olds LOVE these books they are excited and want to do math everyday just to see what Fred and Kingie are up to next. Such a great purchase!!!
    October 13, 2017
    Purchased
    10 months ago
    Love it!
    Reading life of fred is so enjoyable for me & my son both. He is in 2nd grade. We often don't want to stop reading.
    This has worked really well as a part of our homeschool curriculum. It introduces a variety of topics that can be expounded on to enhance the educational experience.
    September 24, 2017
    Purchased
    10 months ago
    So in looooove!
    I have 2 kids on the spectrum (11 and 14), and a 6 yo that I am reading the Elementary set to at the moment. The 14yo is so bad at maths, going completely back to the basics with Fred and Kingie, with some humour thrown in is great! The books provoke discussion and laughter and thinking. It is fantastic and I am so glad I bought them. We will be buying the secondary set once we get through these!
    May 25, 2017
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Great Fun Learning
    I bought this to supplement with another math program that I felt my kids were getting a little bored with. They love it. They are 5 and 7 and ask to do more chapters just because it is fun, but they really are learning a lot. I like it too and would highly recommend it.
    February 23, 2017
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Fantastically Strange
    Hilarious way to learn maths that draws the family together. Love it.
    February 22, 2017
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    My daughter loves it.
    My daughter loves science and history and reading, but math...forget it. I've had three other math curriculums before trying Fred. Now, she listens, laughs, and learns at the same time. I love how the books combine different math disciplines (math facts, geometry, algebra) along side history and science. The books are a pure delight.
    December 22, 2016
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    I can't believe this is math
    My son hates math. Hates repetition of problems, flash cards are a 'no way', colors & pictures to make a worksheet pretty don't fool him. Math was nearly the end of homeschool for us, not to mention making our relationship difficult. .. he looks forward to Life of Fred & laughs most of the way thru the chapter. We'Re just finishing Apples, & it's so different to any math I have ever studied or taught, the outcome for me remains to be seen. But at age 7 he's learning concepts of algebra, addition, subtraction, telling time & memorizing math facts without realizing it. We are loving this so far - long may it continue. Thank you for saving homeschool for my family!
    November 12, 2016
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Love it
    So far my daughter loves this new approach to math and my younger son enjoys listening in to the chapters sometimes
    October 7, 2016
    Purchased
    1 year ago
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rainbow Resource Center Store
    Did a lot of research, think this will be a super fun math curriculum for my auditory learner who does not like math.
    Melody M on Jun 25, 2018
    For summer review, and I'm hoping to make Math more fun!
    Kristen C on Apr 30, 2018
    Did a lot of research, think this will be a super fun math curriculum for my auditory learner who does not like math.
    Melody M on Jun 25, 2018
    I borrowed the first book from a friend and really enjoyed reading it to my kids. They thought it was hilarious and asked me to buy the whole set!
    Adlai and Grace R on Apr 30, 2018
    For summer review, and I'm hoping to make Math more fun!
    Kristen C on Apr 30, 2018
    I have a special-needs daughter who enjoys learning within the context of a narrative, so I'm hoping these books will help her grasp some of the concepts with which she struggles.
    Kristin J on Apr 21, 2018
    We checked out the Life of Fred books from the Library and my oldest LOVED the first 5. The books were in high demand and so with two more to go through the series eventually I decided it was worth buying them. Best math books ever! I recommend them to EVERYONE!
    Virginia K on Apr 15, 2018
    I'M FAMILIAR WITH THE SERIES AND CHECKED OUT A COUPLE FROM THE LIBRARY. MY KIDS LOVED THEM. WE HOMESCHOOL AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A NICE ADDITION TO OUR LEARNING
    Maria F on Apr 1, 2018
    My oldest kiddo LOVES these books. We first tried them when he was 6 or 7 and he didn't like them. But we tried again a year or two later... and now he just speeds through each book, because he finds the stories so much fun. I imagine my other kiddos will enjoy them as they get older, too.
    User on Mar 29, 2018
    My son is challenged in math and another family recommended this series as a help.
    Tina M on Mar 16, 2018
    it was highly recommended as a great homeschool math curriculum
    Amanda R on Mar 12, 2018
    recommended by friend
    Alexis R on Mar 8, 2018
    My oldest son begged me to buy the full elementary series after we checked out Apples, Butterflies, and Cats from the library! He's in love with math taught this way!
    Diema R on Mar 7, 2018
    It became highly recommended by a friend and reviews seemed great.
    Lelaina A on Jan 23, 2018
    My son needs additional help with math.
    David C on Jan 10, 2018
    Conor is learning to read and we hope these books will help and make it fun.
    Conor E on Dec 27, 2017
    Our library receives many suggestions for purchase and many families asked if we would get this set for them.
    Colleen C on Oct 27, 2017
    Saw good reviews, my daughter really likes it.
    Jackie C on Oct 2, 2017
    recommended by a friend
    Amanda E on Sep 12, 2017
    my son least favorite subject is math. I hope this will turn that around as he is an excellent reader.
    tracy w on Aug 25, 2017
    Heard a lot of great things about Life of Fred
    Sarah C on Aug 16, 2017
    Have heard great recommendations for Life of Fred.
    Teresa B on Jun 23, 2017
    This set was recommended to me for my son, who doesn't like math, by his school. I have seen how great the reviews are for these books also! Crossing my fingers it will be a great investment for his education!
    Bonnie C on Jun 14, 2017
    Cathy Duffy Review
    CHARISSA P on Jun 14, 2017
    Part of our homeschool curriculum
    Amy C on Jun 13, 2017
    I have heard such good things about these. My daughter struggles with wanting to do math. Hopefully these help her be excited about math instead of dread it!
    Sara S on Jun 2, 2017
    My kids like to read it for pass time.
    Joan O on May 30, 2017
    My kids love these series after getting the 1st one.
    Therese C on Apr 21, 2017
    it came highly recommended by other homeschoolers
    Maren J on Apr 19, 2017
    My daughter is having trouble with math and I have had several people recommend L.O.F. I pray it works!
    Erneshia S on Apr 13, 2017
    I need something different for my children.
    Amy S on Mar 14, 2017
    I researched the Life of Fred math and saw the reviews and want to try it.
    Jennifer J on Mar 12, 2017
    It looks like a good way to teach math. Plus, it looks like fun.
    Bonnie F on Feb 18, 2017
    I have been wanting to buy these for awhile; we have been enjoying reading the first few pages of each book in online samples. I finally decided to buy all the elementary and the intermediate books. A lot of money so I am hoping it is worth it!
    Anna A on Feb 16, 2017
    fun way to learn math as a complement
    ruth j on Jan 25, 2017
    My 9 year old doesn't struggle to understand math, but he absolutely dreads taking the time to sit and drill math problems for an hour a day. He needs something fun and engaging to capture his attention.
    Kristin H on Jan 23, 2017
    Friends of ours highly recommended this series.
    Katie M F on Jan 18, 2017
    Recommendation from friend
    Pamela B on Dec 6, 2016
    alternative to saxon
    Lesli C on Nov 25, 2016
    It's silly but educational at the same time.
    Sonya K on Oct 18, 2016
    great reviews
    Abram S on Sep 1, 2016
    I've heard great things about Life of Fred and I'm looking for something to help my son enjoy math again. Fingers crossed that this approach will work!
    Amy H on Aug 31, 2016
    I like the idea of topics being built into a story. My children are excited to start the program as a supplement "fun" item to their current math curriculum. This package is the best price I could find on the internet, THANK YOU once again Rainbow Resource Center for the amazing prices.
    Jennifer P on Aug 30, 2016
    Content
    Charlie W on Aug 27, 2016
    Great books at a great price
    Amy T on Aug 16, 2016
    I have seen them and they are amazing!
    Brandy S on Aug 15, 2016
    Best Price on the internet, from a great homeschool resource. Hoping to enjoy it with all my kids. Great self directed resource, kids can go at their own pace.
    Rachel B on Aug 15, 2016
    several good recs from friends
    Emily S on Aug 7, 2016
    I researched a lot of math programs before choosing Life of Fred. I liked that it involves reading, and that math is presented in real life problem solving situations. I was attracted to the short lessons as well. I was nervous, but we are now on the 5th book and my daughter just can't get enough of it. She LOVES this program!
    Bernadette C on Apr 25, 2016
    My 9 year old read one of the stories and loved it. Two of his cousins are being homeschooled and their mom looked into these books and thought that they would be a great addition to their math curriculum. I just had to purchase them, my son said he wanted to have the books too!
    Wendy L on Mar 23, 2016
    Excited to try this to see if it will work with our kids. Heard raving reviews about it. After thinking about it for some time, we're taking the opportunity.
    Christine R on Mar 19, 2016
    Wonderful literary approach to math
    Richard F on Mar 1, 2016
    I borrowed the first book from a friend and really enjoyed reading it to my kids. They thought it was hilarious and asked me to buy the whole set!
    Adlai and Grace R on Apr 30, 2018
    I have a special-needs daughter who enjoys learning within the context of a narrative, so I'm hoping these books will help her grasp some of the concepts with which she struggles.
    Kristin J on Apr 21, 2018
    Is this a supplement to math or a complete curriculum?
    User on Mar 29, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: That is a matter of opinion. I know some people use these books as their only math curriculum. The stories are very engaging and in a kind of Charlotte Mason style, they cover a wide range of topics and interest, all while practicing math concepts. At the end of each chapter, there are between 3-10 practice problems that the student is to work out on a separate sheet of paper or a notebook, and answers are included on the following page. There are 18-19 chapters per book. I prefer to supplement with other workbooks for a more rounded out and progressive knowledge, but this does an excellent job of keeping the students interested and engaged in Math. The books go in alphabetical order, with Apples being about a Grade 1 level, and Butterflies Grade 1-2, Cats and Dogs Grade 2-3, etc.
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