Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition

Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition

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ISBN: 9781937032111
Grades: 7-12

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Even before we had a description of this math program on our website or in our catalog, we had many, many inquiries about it (and a goodly number of sales). Is it the name? Is it the concept of a small, pointy-nosed 5-year old teaching Calculus at Kittens University? Is it the outrageous storyline? Or are people desperate for another approach to math? Although I was the one who reviewed and decided to carry this program, I was initially skeptical about its scope. After all, much of the text was given over to following the Life of Fred, with all the strange humor and unlikely scenarios that go along with it. In fact, that's part of the attraction for a student who really doesn't enjoy math (yes, I have one of those). So, could the course possibly have the content that a more traditional text (like Saxon) has? Moreover, what type of person would actually use this course, as entertaining and whimsical as it is (if you can think whimsy and Calculus in one thought). Well, after using Life of Fred for Beginning Algebra and reading through most of the Fractions book, I think I can answer some of these questions.

First, Fred IS the unlikely mathematician in all of us. Despite his youth and other cards stacked against him (you'll have to read the books to understand this), Fred is amazingly successful as a math professor. Why? It's because he finds math so intriguing, entertaining, and downright USEFUL in everyday life (his life, the Life of Fred). Why, math is everywhere in the world of Fred - and no matter how things are going, he can always see the math in it.

Then, there's the psychology of Fred. You want to help the little guy. I mean, he's smart, but so innocent, kind, helpful, endearing - small, helpless, underweight (why, when he was erroneously inducted into the army, they had to use a little cup instead of a helmet for his uniform!). Clearly the underdog in many situations, Fred has ended up in the hospital in both books I've read - even though one injury was accidental. But I digress. You do get wrapped up in the Life of Fred. And because you're rooting for him and concerned about him, you kind of get taken up in the math that pervades his thoughts. No matter how tough the Life of Fred gets, he always has time to explain the finer points of math to those needy souls around him. Don't get me wrong, Fred has plenty of fun, too. He always makes the best of things and has some great student/friends at Kittens who also seem to need math in their everyday lives...

These are, indeed, the most unconventional full-program math texts I've ever seen. Maybe that's why students who dislike traditional programs are so drawn to LOF. The books just seem more accessible and - well, friendly. Maybe it's just the author's personality or particular gift, but students who are turned off by traditional math seem to find refreshment and even inspiration in LOF. Although you may have read some debate on whether the series is too lightweight for a basal program, my two cents is that it is not. The math is all here - and then some. What is missing is repetition, redundancy, and a multitude of problems to work. These books are like my favorite college math text. When I first saw it, I thought it was too slim for a whole-semester course. Ha! Every word in that book was loaded. The text was so cunningly and concisely written that you actually had to study every word because nothing was repeated. While LOF isn't quite that concise (it does have a complete storyline along with the math), Dr. Schmidt doesn't waste words or your time. Every problem is almost like a brainteaser - just a little out of your reach unless you truly grasp the concepts. It gives you a chance to figure things out for yourself. There's a whole lot of brain-stretching going on. Therefore, gifted math students are also drawn to these courses as they allow them to be challenged. Another good candidate for LOF is the remedial student who has already been through the course using another text. If it just didn't click, I would try this one. Finally, a motivated or independent student would also appreciate using the course. It's purposely addressed to the student and intended to be self-teaching. In fact, the author prefers that students use these with very little help from you so they can learn to study and understand on their own. Even the solutions are addressed to the student. In fact, there's a lot of actual instruction in the solutions, which students should read after trying to solve problems on their own. In short, just about EVERY student could use this program. The only shortfall I have seen in the program is for students who really need a lot of constant repetition and reinforcement. In some sections there are just not enough problems, even using the Home Companion. I had this problem twice in Beginning Algebra as serious as it needs to be. I both made up some of my own problems and supplemented with problems from Saxon Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 (some of the material is actually more advanced than in that series). I have since run across several other supplemental products that I could have used as well.

Life of Fred is a series of 12 courses. Two of these are Fractions and Decimals & Percents. The author recommends waiting to start these until your child is old enough to work on his/her own (about 5th grade). Each of these courses should take less than a quarter of a year to complete. The new LOF Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology is formatted like the previous books, with BRIDGES rather than CITIES. It would fit in a teaching sequence between Fractions and Decimals & Percents and Beginning Algebra. You can get a good idea of what is taught in the course and the proportion of biology to algebra by checking out the table of contents on our website. Literally a "dream come true", Fred is every bit as entertaining while teaching biology as he is when teaching math! While this course will not replace high school biology, it will replace much of the biology instruction in a general science course. Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics completes the pre-algebra instruction, this time delving into topics such as interest rates, competition, opportunity costs, supply and demand. Following the same format as the Fractions, Decimals & Percents and Pre-Algebra 1 and 2, Dr. Schmidt has released Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics (formerly Elementary Physics). This book fits nicely into the Life of Fred sequence between Decimals & Percents and Pre-Algebra 1. Dr. Schmidt feels that too much time is lost before presenting physics in high school and this book is designed as an introduction to fill that gap. Algebra and Advanced Algebra should each take a little more than half a year. While Geometry takes place during one day in the Life of Fred (a Thursday after his sixth birthday), it is definitely a full year course. Trigonometry can be completed in half of a year and Calculus (although covering two full years of calculus) will take one year. According to Mr. Schmidt, after this progression "you will be ready to declare as a math major at a university at the upper division level and take third-year (junior-level) mathematics courses". For even more Life of Fred, there is also a Statistics course which "has much more material than is normally covered in a beginning university statistics course". It's been years since my required course as a business major at a university - I may just take this one myself. Partly to test the author's assertion and partly because life is full of decisions and, as the author says, "Success in life is 90% making the right decisions in the first place" (the other 10% is carrying them out). Also new is Linear Algebra (as serious as it needs to be). Scanning through the book, it looks a lot like an upper-level course called Finite Math that I took in college. It covers: solving systems of equations with one solution (includes Gauss-Jordan elimination, Gaussian elimination), many solutions, and no solution (includes data fitting); matrices; vector spaces; inner product spaces (including Fourier series and Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization process); linear transformations; and systems of equations into the future (including eigenvalues, stochastic matrices, Markov chains, Fibonacci numbers) It is described by Dr. Schmidt as a math course required by most colleges for math majors and should be taught after Calculus As far as progression, Dr. Schmidt has placed it at the very end of his other courses, after Statistics. Like other upper-level courses, this one has "Your Turn to Play" sections separating textual chunks. Each chapter ends with six CITIES. There is a separate answer key for answers not included in the text.

Organization and format of the books is similar; of course, they all have a captivating storyline centering on Fred Gauss, a very young university math professor. The author, Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D., is a witty guy, a good storyteller, and he also loves math. Unlike many programs, the text is not written at a 6th grade level. If anything, the text is imbued with a little "extra" knowledge in different areas - especially vocabulary. Dr. Schmidt also appears to be a Christian man. Although his books aren't preachy and in places tend toward gritty realism, you will find a strong plug for goodness here, along with a main character who says his prayers every night. Fractions, Decimals and Percents, and the Pre-Algebra books are structured a little differently than the upper-level books. Chapters in these are short (as are the books), ending with a Your Turn to Play problem set, followed by complete solutions with explanation. Generally, after every five chapters, there's a BRIDGE taking you from the culmination of the preceding chapters to the new material. Actually, there are five BRIDGES - your student has five tries to make it across the BRIDGE. These contain a ten-question review of everything learned to that point. Mr. Schmidt recommends that students get at least nine out of ten right to move on. Answers to these are in the back of the book. The final BRIDGE has 15 questions (20 in Decimals) and, again, five tries to pass. This gives a student ample opportunity to go back, study the material, and try again without feeling like they've failed. It is built-in remediation, rather than just failing and still going on (isn't this also the way we train our children? If they don't get it right, they need to correct and do it again). Starting in Beginning Algebra, chapters are longer. For courses with the Home Companion available (Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry), this book breaks the chapters into bite-sized lessons. Natural breaks occur when the student encounters a Your Turn to Play (series of problems with completely-worked solutions following), but the Companions also provide sets of problems for each lesson in between. There are 108 lessons as laid out in the Fred's Home Companion Beginning Algebra study guide, but many of these are short; most students would combine some of them. By comparison, Saxon has 120 lessons, but this does not include testing whereas LOF's lesson count does. At the end of each chapter there are six CITIES (which all have names so you can assign a student to do Palmetto and Radcliffe for homework). Actually, I'm not sure why they have names - but, as with BRIDGEs, these determine whether to move forward. They have some review material from previous chapters, but are largely chapter recaps. They take roughly 20-30 minutes to complete and, again, give your student a chance to test, review, and test again (or you might work the first two cities together, assign the next two, and use the final two as tests). The first two CITIES have all answers provided; the next two have only odd answers shown; the last two have none. All answers not in the text are in the Home Companion or Answer Key. The back of each upper-level book (except Calculus) has an A.R.T. section (All Reorganized Together) containing definitions, formulae, theorems postulates - all the stuff you'd like summarized in one handy place together for easy reference. The Life of Fred actually begins in the Calculus as serious as it needs to be book (in which Fred is born), the first written (in 2001). Unlike the other volumes, it has all the Your Turn to Play questions and answers in the back and a Further Ado section containing even more rigorous material for you to include at your discretion. Possibly because this volume was originally written for college students, the material is edgier in this first book (Fred's dad drinks, his family is somewhat dysfunctional, and there are other allusions to drugs, alcohol and "hanky panky"). You may wish to skim ahead of your student and "edit" anything unsatisfactory.

So far, I'm giving a thumbs up to this unique (and slightly eccentric) math program. It has made math more palatable (and interesting) for my daughter. It has some unusual and novel approaches to problem solving (like a simple, foolproof method for factoring trinomials where the squared term has a coefficient > 1 instead of the guess and check approach employed in other books). It incorporates critical thinking and a discovery approach to math by its very nature. It integrates the value of learning in other curricular areas. It teaches math in the context of real life - okay, real life uses for math in a kind of surreal life. And, who wouldn't like a math book that begins, "Hi! This is going to be fun," then follows through on that promise? Visit www.stanleyschmidt.com for other Raves from Readers or to find out more about the content of the books - or even to contact the author directly. (You can even read some of Mr. Schmidt's 8:30 prayers). I'm not sure how Dr. Schmidt can include his home phone number on his website and encourage people to email and phone him with questions, but I have read several testimonies to his responsiveness. For a full scope and sequence, visit our website and take a peek at the table of contents for each level.

As a teacher, I have obviously enjoyed this course. But my daughter, Janine, has never had the innate appreciation for math that I do. Let's ask her what she thought (or thinks - we still have 14 lessons to go!). Here are her comments on Life of Fred Beginning Algebra as serious as it needs to be:

"I love Life of Fred because of, well, Fred! But also because this is the most creative math course I've ever seen. When I first looked at the math course, the thing that made me excited (besides the story) was not seeing millions of problems. Just a few, thought-provoking and even funny ones. In the lesson book, you'll only have one small page, then you can be done. The Cities don't even have that many problems. But they are all worth your time and un-repetitive, and most inspire a challenge or are a little puzzle. Mom didn't think it would be a full-fledged math course. But the more we've worked through it, I've seen that it's quite a bit harder and requires more thinking. No wonder it's been put on some "gifted" lists. Moving along... .the writing is HILARIOUS! It's almost like Stanley Schmidt and I have the same sense of humor sometimes. I've read Fractions and most of Begininng Algebra and enjoyed both immensely. It's a ridiculous, bizarre little series, which makes me love it all the more! My brother likes it so much he showed it to his college friends... and of course they all laughed. The characters are amazing, and the illustrations (especially of Fred) are priceless. Stanley even has a little fun subtly (and not so subtly) teasing movies, doctors, math books and a whole myriad of things, and he has never failed at amusing me. Math was my most hated subject. And while I can't say that I had a complete turnaround and wake up every morning saying "YAY! I get to do math today! Wheeeeee!" I can say that Life of Fred has taken all the dullness out, keeps me captivated, and injected a lot of fun. I'd call it an art piece, if a math book can be an art piece. An amazing, amazing series, even more so considering we're talking about a math course."

Well, there you have it - from teacher and student. Who says math can't be entertaining?




Category Description for Life of Fred:

Life of Fred (LOF) is an unconventional series of math texts that seem accessible and friendly, especially for students who dislike traditional programs. According to Dr. Schmidt, the author, this series is designed to teach you the math you need to know without repetition, redundancy, and a multitude of problems to work. LOF follows the storyline of Fred's life while incorporating solid math concepts and skills. Motivated or independent students will appreciate this series, as well as gifted math students who might need a challenge. Written to the student and intended to be self-teaching, the author prefers that students use these with very little help from you, so they can learn to study and understand on their own. Even the solutions (found in the text) are addressed to the student. In fact, there's a lot of actual instruction in the solutions, which students should read after trying to solve problems on their own. Math in a story context can sometimes make more sense to students than stand-alone math concepts - especially if it's an entertaining story! Students do two books per year up through pre-algebra; beginning with algebra, one book per year.




Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ALL GRADES:



Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade Start
7
Grade End
12
ISBN
9781937032111
Author
Stanley F. Schmidt
Format
Hardcover Book
Brand Name
Z-twist Books
Weight
2.8 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.5" x 7.5" x 1.75"
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My son is having some difficulty in his algebra class. He loves Life of Fred from when we homeschooled, and I know that Fred will be a huge help as always.
Lane W on Nov 7, 2020
love everything life of fred
Marjan V on Jul 25, 2020
My son is having some difficulty in his algebra class. He loves Life of Fred from when we homeschooled, and I know that Fred will be a huge help as always.
Lane W on Nov 7, 2020
Have enjoyed LoF through elementary and middle school years, decided to keep it through high school!
KELLY O on Jul 31, 2020
love everything life of fred
Marjan V on Jul 25, 2020
My son loves ALL Life of Fred books.
Tiffany H on Jul 22, 2020
My son passed Algebra I Pre-AP, but just barely, so I bought this to help it stick and to see if this curriculum might be a better fit for him.
Alexa K on Jul 13, 2020
Continue a fun series
Jen S on Jul 8, 2020
supplement for this year my son loves reading and loves math
Elizabeth H on Jun 24, 2020
We needed to think outside of the traditional box and Fred has always offered practical thinking skills with solid math
Michele M on Mar 23, 2020
Oldest enjoys reading & I think it might be good to have a second explanation of algebra concepts.
Kristen L on Oct 17, 2019
Affordable with excellent reviews.
Shandell W on Jul 24, 2019
tried everything else hoping this is a good fit for my son
Jennifer W on Jul 19, 2019
We have used Life of Fred Decimals and Percents, Fractions and all of the PreAlgebra books and are thankful that Life of Fred continues with Beginning Algebra. I have a student who asks why, a LOT, and Life of Fred has helped her in understanding the why behind math.
Roshelle S. on May 22, 2019
To supplement a pre-AP algebra class.
Jennifer D on May 4, 2019
I chose this book in order to continue with the Life of Fred series.
User on Feb 6, 2019
My right brain children will benefit from this unique approach to teaching mathematics.
Laura G on Jan 24, 2019
My children having been using the LOF books for about 5 years now & this is the next book we need.
Adam D on Jan 23, 2019
My son is struggling in math and I have read the reviews for Life of Fred and I'm hoping this will help him to understand algebra better.
Melissa V on Sep 18, 2018
We are purchasing this for another family who have seen the other Life of Fred books we have used and would like to try this for their daughter.
Deborah H on Sep 12, 2018
My son thrives on the story-telling learning style in Life of Fred! He's a hands-on mathematical kind of guy, and this fits him perfectly!
Amanda L on Sep 12, 2018
Have been using Schmidt's books and believe they are very effective for a kid who is good in math but not in love with math.
Kathleen A on Jul 27, 2018
Classical, engaging, critical thinking, problem solving.
Melanie B on Mar 2, 2018
next book needed in series
Rachel L on Jan 11, 2018
I read the material on their website and was convinced they had a different approach that could help my daughter who is convinced she has dyscalculia. Hopeful this will be what she needs.
Ruth M on Nov 2, 2017
I am always impressed with the depth and breadth of this curriculum. Don't let the fun nature and low count of problem sets scare or put you off. The author understands how children learn and remember things, and he uses that knowledge to teach math in the most creative way. We started L.O.F. when my daughter first started high school. We started with Kidneys and for all the books she was to complete two lessons/day. LOF has helped us to catch up and there are no more tears in our home.
Lisanne D on Sep 6, 2017
We love learning with the Life of Fred series!
Michelle S on Sep 3, 2017
We have been very pleased with the math series so far, so plan to continue using Life of Fred for high school.
Kelly P on Aug 21, 2017
Some of my kids need to "think outside the box" and "Life of Fred" books help them do this.
Bonnie J on Aug 13, 2017
Need a basic Algebra test for my son to review his 9th grade Algebra course. Based on your review, it seems like it will fit the bill.
Lisa P on Jul 21, 2017
Continuing the series that my son loves to read for fun, not just for school.
Camden K C on Jul 8, 2017
My daughter struggled with Saxon and thought we'd try something new.
Melissa J on Apr 29, 2017
My teens burned out using Khan Academy for math after 6th grade (we loved Singapore Primary Math), and we're trying Life of Fred.
Suzette P on Apr 12, 2017
Our kids like reading the crazy stories about Fred, and they really have to THINK and understand the math concepts to pass the bridges/tests. These books really focus on self learning, self grading, and really understanding how math works.
Leslie I on Jan 30, 2017
We've used earlier books in this series and loved them. Also, I had a really nice Live Chat conversation, during which time your staff member helped me find the correct items and answered questions I had.
Heather M on Jan 30, 2017
My daughter is homeschooled and this book will help her earn 1 credit of high school math-algebra 1.
Danielle S on Nov 23, 2016
Good reviews
Tequitia A on Aug 8, 2016
We have several Life of Fred titles but not this one. I love to use Fred in addition to another math curriculum so my students see the material in different ways.
Janice D on Jul 18, 2016
We have been looking for an interesting algebra curriculum for a failing high school student. This seemed to get his attention, so we are giving it a try.
Jennifer C on Jul 8, 2016
My daughter at nine had a twelfth grade reading level, but if you asked her what was 9 + 6 she would look at you like a deer in the headlights. Then we were introduced to Fred. The rest is history. She absolutely loves math (even though arithmetic sometimes still gets her down) and can hardly wait to get to the next book. We use these books over and over, read them for fun, read aloud to friends and family, and use them as a launching board for research into all types of interesting subjects
Sarah Y on Jul 4, 2016
I wanted to update our current version. We love Life of Fred!
Henry R on Jul 3, 2016
To help my daughter learn Algebra fundamentals. Also, this was suggested by sales representative.
Susan I on Jun 17, 2016
We love Life of Fred. I have the older edition and decided to upgrade.
Dawn I on Apr 19, 2016
We love Life Of Fred and are excited to continue in the series.
P B on Mar 29, 2016
rave reviews; the samples on the website really helped as our homeschool convention is not until may, where i could hold the materials; child is struggling with algebra, but loves to read; thought this would be a great fit!
Melissa W on Mar 20, 2016
Life of Fred series helps my boys because of the writing style. These are not like normal math texts.
Jennifer H on Feb 10, 2016
I chose Life of Fred because it revolutionizes math for my children. It makes math fun but sneaks the important facts into the brain while nobody is looking :)
Elissa K on Dec 12, 2015
homeschool book
Janice T on Dec 11, 2015
My kids use Saxon, but we supplement with Life of Fred for additional information, extra practice and understand, and those times when we can't do a full math lesson, but don't want to completely skip math. This week is Thanksgiving, for example, and I needed them to still do math on Monday and Tuesday, but I couldn't help, because I was baking and preparing for the holiday. So, Life of Fred it is!
Candace W on Nov 27, 2015
I am hoping this will help my son understand algebra.
User on Nov 18, 2015
Excellent reviews
KATHLEEN on Oct 28, 2015
Have enjoyed LoF through elementary and middle school years, decided to keep it through high school!
KELLY O on Jul 31, 2020
My son loves ALL Life of Fred books.
Tiffany H on Jul 22, 2020
Do you need the Zillions of Practice Problems companion book?
Dina on Aug 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Dina, you do not need the book, but it helps to keep what your student has learned fresh. It also helps to solidify what they have learned. You could use the book for practice when there might be some struggle in a lesson. I hope my answer has helped. Be blessed!
About how much time in minutes/hours is typically spent on one lesson?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: About 30 minutes.
Is this a stand alone math curriculum that can prepare for HS exams?
User on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The author claims it is, and I believe it. It is quite rigorous, despite the small average number of problems. it is the only math curriculum my son is using. He just completed Advanced Algebra and will be doing Geometry next school year. He has had no trouble keeping up in his Chemistry class this year (with all of the equations and calculations) and will be taking Physics next year, which is also heavy on math.
How do you assign grades when answers are in student book?
Kim F on Nov 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Assigning grades is easy. There are three tests (called cities) at the end of each chapter. If you think it would be too tempting for your student to look at the solutions, you could
1. Make a copy of the last test and give that (keep the book) as an evaluation for each chapter, or
2. Simply watch your student take the last test (or other test of choice) and then base the grade on the score and ease/difficulty he had in completing the test. For example, if he confidently completes the test and gets his answers correct, he certainly has earned an "A".

Since there are three tests, you have options: two can be practice, one can be a graded test, or one practice one graded, and one "second chance" graded test... there are lots of possibilities. Also, the tests are cumulative, so quarterly and final exams are not necessary; just average the scores of all the chapter tests.
what is different about the expanded version?
Stephanie A on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The expanded edition is already broken into daily lessons - no need to consult another book to see how to break up the material. It also includes complete solutions to all the problems, something the older edition does not. You could still easily use the older book with the Home Companion, but it was worth it me to invest in the expanded edition.
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Math that’s fun and solid
My son loves these books. Of course he is an avid reader so the absurd story line keeps his interest. And He’s scoring above grade level for math.
February 19, 2021
Purchased
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love Life of Fred Beginning Algebra!
My son considers math a "hard pill to swallow". Life of Fred makes the medicine go down so much smoother. Before Life of Fred, math would often end in an emotional outburst. Now, math class is mostly peaceful with only an occasional bad day.
October 30, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
An excellent program for those who fit it well
I have had two students graduate from high school now. My second student is an extremely bright student. She could have done well using almost any math curriculum, but she chose Life of Fred because Fred, tragic figure as he is, interested her. She started using Fractions and Decimals and Percents and continued using Life of Fred exclusively for her math curriculum (many people say to use it as a supplement, but it really does stand on its own) through the first three years of high school. She got an excellent math score on her PSAT and SAT, so there weren't learning gaps that the curriculum forgot while it was being entertaining.

My eldest was a remedial student who really struggled with math, particularly algebra. She learned nothing from Saxon Math, couldn't retain what she had learned from Khan Academy, and was too frightened to try Life of Fred knowing how few practice problems that they offered. (This was the original version, before they offered zillions of practice problems.) For her, Math U See was a tremendously good fit, and she actually understood it and made progress almost at the pace it was designed for.

My only complaint with Life of Fred is that there aren't tests, so it's difficult to put a grade on a transcript. I wrote my own tests for the first three years of high school, but by her senior year my outside work had expanded and I was just plain tired of writing tests so we switched to Math U See for logic and pre-calculus/trigonometry.

Having said that, my daughter was really tempted to buy the Life of Fred versions of both books, just to see how the story ended. And who buys math textbooks just for fun?

One final note, Life of Fred was an integral part of teaching my daughter the uselessness of cheating. The answer key is right next to the problems, but it asks you not to check your work until you have finished the lesson. My daughter learned quickly that cheating was just a waste of her time since she didn't actually learn anything. She explains quite well that you only cheat yourself out of an education when you cheat, and I'm not sure that she would have developed such an honor code if Life of Fred hadn't challenged her to behave honorably.
June 1, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this math program
My daughter who loves literature, history, and writing has never enjoyed math, even though we have tried different programs. For this reason, she had fallen behind where she should be. Now in high school, and not that far from graduation, we realized something different needed to be done. We considered tutoring or a different curriculum. I called Rainbow Resource and an amazing curriculum advisor listened to me as I described her strengths and struggles. She then recommended this book. My daughter loves it. The story is engaging and the number of problems is not overwhelming. She sometimes sits down to do math for fun. I am delighted. I wish I had called sooner to ask for a recommendation. But, nevertheless, we are grateful to have started this program.
February 10, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
It is the best option out there for kids who just don’t “get” math.
I was giving up on my daughter ever getting through high school math. Now I have hope again. She not only likes Life of Fred, she understands it and actually DOES he math every day. She’s keeping up with it and is thinking she’ll finish early this year.
September 5, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We Love Fred Books!
As always these books are great. Even though my daughter is in school now, we still bought these books to supplement her learning!
April 26, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A friend highly recommended this whole series of books
A friend recommended this series when i mentioned that my son was struggling with traditional math curriculum. This is my fifth child, and the first one to not do well in math. As soon as we started Life of Fred, I saw an obvious difference immediately. He was now enjoying math! Since the lessons are written in story form, he regularly comes to me to read something new that he's learned. This is our third year using this series, and my son is now in the eighth grade and doing beginning algebra. I've enthusiastically recommended it to several friends.
April 4, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Life of Fred Algebra
As a retired teacher and now homeschool mom, I know how important it is for a child to learn to read a math book. For the first time, my son (7th grade) is reading math examples and checking his notes to help him complete problems. This book is providing him with math concepts as well as great math study techniques. Well done!
November 27, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Math can be fun.
My boys enjoy Fred. They have both struggled to retain math knowledge and skills with Bob Jones math, Saxon math, and Making Math Meaningful. Life of Fred takes a slightly different approach while reviewing all of the skills a student should master. Laughing while reading a math textbook? You bet.
November 17, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago


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