Life of Fred Intermediate Package

Life of Fred Intermediate Package

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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 Life of Fred Intermediate Series:

So, what to do after that last dose of Jelly Beans? Head for the Kidneys, Liver and Mineshaft. If your child has completed LOF Elementary and is still under the tender age of ten (Prof. Schmidt recommends NOT beginning LOF Fractions until the fifth grade) three more books have been added to fill the "gap". Also use this series if your 5th or 6th grader wants to switch to LOF and has been using another curriculum. If your child does not yet have a good grasp of addition and subtraction, does not understand the concept of multiplication and division, or is not yet in 4th grade, complete the LOF Elementary series before beginning this one.

As in the Elementary series, each brief chapter (about six pages) is followed by a short set of problems (usually 4-5) called Your Turn to Play. These questions should be written out (NO calculators are allowed) before checking the complete solutions found on the next page. I strongly recommend reading through the solutions even if you think your answers are correct as there is often additional instruction or alternate solution method(s) embedded in the answer section. Each book consists of nineteen chapters and should take roughly a month to complete. Since the entire series can be completed in a mere three months, this would also be a great review course for students during the summer.

If you are familiar with the other Life of Fred books, you know that Prof. Schmidt educates while entertaining. We pick up the Life of Fred where we left it in the Elementary series. Fred is still five, still a Professor at Kittens, still living on the third floor of the Math Building, and still can't paint as well as Kingie. Throughout this series, we follow Fred as he catches criminals, visits the University President's home, meets a talking horse, goes to camp, babysits, and ALMOST falls into a mineshaft. Between beanbag-doll artists and magical mailboxes, Fred explores a whole lot of math with a particular focus on functions. Besides learning many mathematical concepts including (but not limited to):

Numerals, fractions, borrowing in subtraction, functions, domains, codomains, elapsed time, percents, telling time, standard to metric conversions, volume, perimeter, area, polar form, exponents, set theory, geometric forms, arithmetic sequences, arithmetic series, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, sigma notation, analytic geometry, commutative actions, adding fractions, multiplying fractions, geometric theorems, Pythagorean theorem, pie charts, natural numbers, long and short division, converting percents to fractions, reducing fractions, converting fractions to percents, averages, images in the codomain of a function, doubling, rounding, trillions, billions, set notation, perpendicular lines, diminutives, right angles, sectors, cardinality, inverse operations, metric system, operations with time, diameters, radii, chords, secants, measurement conversions, temperature conversions, markup

Your child will also learn about such things as:

Talent, practice, patience, idioms, how to write a check, how to stay on topic when speaking, chemical notation, why not to consume much sugar, redundant speech, basic laws of economics, stethoscopes, why we have two kidneys, parts of speech, multi-tasking, logically equivalent statements, adumbration, how to take up slack in a boot, summer solstice, encountering lions at blood banks, how to take the SAT, reading the fine print, Armenian food, silent letters, treble and bass clefs, why there is little irony in children's books, the singular form of graffiti, why to exercise, how to open a door, the use of silence in life, translating Latin, reasons to be grateful, how addresses and rooms are numbered, feudalism, hunting tigers, square knots, balalaikas, the difference between concrete and cement, Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, definition of a mammal, searing a steak, telling the truth, making mistakes, camping, and when to be polite - just to name a few.

Even though I was rooting for Kittens, Lollipops, and Milkshakes as follow-ups to the Elementary series, I can't complain about the deliciously satisfying content of these less appealingly named books.




Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ALL GRADES:



Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade Start
3
Grade End
6
Format
Product Bundle
Brand Name
Z-twist Books
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Love Life of Fred! Got this for my son to use when he finished the elementary series.
Amanda M on Oct 19, 2019
We liked the elementary package and wished to continue Fred's life story as we pursued higher levels of math.
Christine F on Aug 21, 2019
Love Life of Fred! Got this for my son to use when he finished the elementary series.
Amanda M on Oct 19, 2019
My daughter loves Life of Fred!
Jennifer H on Sep 9, 2019
We liked the elementary package and wished to continue Fred's life story as we pursued higher levels of math.
Christine F on Aug 21, 2019
we love Fred books.
Olena B on Jul 2, 2019
Recommended by a friend
Micah B on Jun 19, 2019
I am hoping this program will make Math become an easier subject to have my child want to learn.
Alexandrea O on Apr 24, 2019
Life of Fred series is so much fun. Great integration of math with every day life.
Michelle C on Apr 22, 2019
We Really enjoy the Life of Fred !
Nicole C on Mar 21, 2019
Bundle. I wish you had a 3 book bundle of just pre-algebra books.
Christina B on Mar 18, 2019
My kids love Life of Fred. It's an engaging way to learn about math concepts. We use it as a supplement to our regular math program and the kids beg each year for the next set.
Heidi R on Feb 20, 2019
Have previous levels and love them!
Linda A on Jan 24, 2019
I have two intermediate students and this series is one they find engaging.
Becky O on Dec 17, 2018
My kids have loved the Elementary Series and re ready to move on. Presenting math with humor and showing the practical application of mathematics is the strength of this series. Love that Dr. Schmidt covers other areas as well. Fun program to lighten up another math curriculum.
Jean B on Dec 13, 2018
We used the LOF books prior to these and math is no longer a struggle! Love this series!
Hailey A on Oct 31, 2018
We love LOF and are working our way from book Apples. These next three in the series will get my daughter through 5th grade.
Rochelle W on Oct 9, 2018
We have enjoyed using the elementary series of Life of Fred and want to continue to the next level.
Dora H on Sep 5, 2018
My son has almost completed the Elementary series, and we're ready for more Fred!
Pamela A on Aug 14, 2018
Because we love Life of Fred!
Renee T on Jul 31, 2018
My kids can't get enough of Life of Fred! And we've decided that we'd rather have kids who love math than fight with those other kids.
Rebecca T on Jul 31, 2018
Great price for a set of "text" books which my children from 18 to 8 just like to read!
Anna W on Jul 3, 2018
My children and I looked at several curriculums and this liked this one the best.
Jennifer C on May 30, 2018
This series was very good.
Srinivas V on May 22, 2018
My daughter is excited to progress with Fred in his adventures in math. Fred helps keep math upbeat. My daughter doesn't get bogged down.
Staci C on Mar 30, 2018
My son has enjoyed the elementary package so much and is ready to move on to these.
User on Mar 29, 2018
My kids enjoyed the Life of Fred elementary series and are now progressing to the intermediate set.
Lee Lin H on Mar 27, 2018
My children love math again because of Life of Fred
Christianna R on Mar 14, 2018
Liked the elementary series
Adriana R on Mar 5, 2018
My child has finished the first 4 and enjoyed them. My children attend public school and we supplement with LOF at home.
Lee L on Feb 28, 2018
Time to move up from the Elementary series that we adore.
Christine J on Feb 26, 2018
friend recommended
Carlee B on Jan 30, 2018
Fun way to make grade 4 math memorable.
Alit J on Dec 13, 2017
My kids are loving life of Fred, and although they may not work through all the intermediate books, they want to be darn sure they don't miss any of Fred's adventures. It's a weird reason to be buying math books, I know.
Dawn S on Dec 13, 2017
Be love the LOF curriculum
Dayana A on Nov 30, 2017
Hope this will be a good set for my child. Heard it was a great series.
Kelly N on Oct 6, 2017
Because, my son enjoyed learning math in this fashion.
Judith H on Sep 25, 2017
My daughter did Life of Fred Elementary.... we love how different concepts from all subjects weave into the lessons.
Danielle R on Sep 14, 2017
My daughters loved the earlier books!
Mary M on Sep 14, 2017
My daughter needed a fun way to review before moving to the next step and I can find out how well she'll do using this curriculum.
Kathleen A on Sep 7, 2017
Finished elementary set
Jennifer W on Sep 2, 2017
Currently using the curriculum.
Emily B on Aug 26, 2017
I chose this item because my children have trouble applying math to real life. I wanted a program that integrated math with real life, that made learning math fun, and that focused on mastery of concepts rather than rote computation.
Julie P on Aug 23, 2017
My daughter loved the Elementary set.
Jennifer K on Jun 27, 2017
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CHARISSA P on Jun 14, 2017
We love the rest of the elementary series. It makes math fun and practical.
Caitlin D on Jun 6, 2017
We have been using the Life of Fred Early Elementary Series with our granddaughters and they love it so much we decided to continue with this math series.
Daria S on Apr 29, 2017
We need a diversion from Saxon for a season.
Maria S on Apr 22, 2017
it came highly recommended by other homeschoolers
Maren J on Apr 19, 2017
We are getting close to finishing the elementary series and want to be prepared for the next step. We love LOF!
Kristen B on Apr 18, 2017
I have heard great things about this series and I am excited to receive the next lot in this series
Katy A on Apr 5, 2017
Loved LOF Elementary!
Jennifer L on Mar 26, 2017
My daughter loves Life of Fred!
Jennifer H on Sep 9, 2019
we love Fred books.
Olena B on Jul 2, 2019
Can Life of Fred be used as a supplement to say, Saxon?
User on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Life of Fred is its own curriculum. It teaches math with a completely different approach than Saxon. I used Saxon for years with success. My third child went all the way through Algebra with Saxon and asked to switch, knowing he would repeat algebra because it's a different teaching style. He did and was glad he did because the instruction was much clearer in LOF. My youngest is now completing the LOF intermediate series and is loving it. We use nothing else, the books are challenging and funny. Her comprehension has come quicker than that of her older siblings at the same age. We are total converts and haven't touched Saxon in a few years.
We are new to lof and not sure where to start. I have a 9 and 13 year old. Is it best to start at beginning?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have been doing LOF for a year and my best advice is to start at the beginning. Although the first few books do introduce basic addition and subtraction, they are also filled with LOTS of additional info. Your kids will learn about Archimedes the famous Greek mathematician as well as the Greek alphabet, deciduous trees, oceans and ocean liners, ordinal and cardinal numbers, the meaning of "A.M" when telling time, etc. It will likely be a very easy read for your 13 year old (and possibly your 9 year old as well) and they may even breeze through the first few books in a day or so. But, there's lots of great info that would otherwise be missed. Hope that helps! :)
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Fantastic books! You won't be disappointed! A UNIQUE out of the box math resource that delivers! My 3 boys cant put them down!

Includes history, grammar & science as well.
November 18, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
An unconventional and entertaining way to learn math
My two daughters and I are enjoying Life of Fred. We're currently on Kidneys and moving through it rather swiftly. (It used to be much more of a struggle to complete math assignments before). We've used Saxon Math 3, which is also great for how comprehensive it is. However, I wanted something the children could do more independently. We're using it mostly for filling in the gaps in their basic math foundation, as we've unschooled a lot also. Both they and I love the more natural flow of mathematical concepts in Life of Fred as they unfold with the story line. We all look forward to hearing the new developments in Fred's saga, which continues to evolve in very unexpected ways. There is a lot of humor, which also keeps us coming back for more.
April 6, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
What's not to like about Fred?!
Life of Fred Intermediate is perfect for upper elementary aged children. It continues the adventures of Fred and Kingie. As a homeschool mom, I love LOF because it causes my children to have to think about math, not just crank out answers. They story line is fun, and a little crazy. I am using LOF alongside Mathematical Reasoning by The Critical Thinking Co. I have found these two to be the perfect compliment to each other.
August 30, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
The crying has ended...
I've been home schooling for almost 20 years, have 9 kids, and have tried a lot of math programs. There is no "one size fits all", and what has worked for one often does not work for another. I have a 12-year-old that has always struggled with math, and tears were shed daily (by both of us!!) I always discounted "Fred" because I thought it was too lightweight, but last year I got desperate! The crying has ended. My son looks forward to math and is making progress. One of my other boys has joined us...he has never struggled but didn't want to miss out on the fun! We sit on the couch together for about 20 minutes daily, I read the lessons out loud and they do the "Your Turn to Play" on their own in individual notebooks, then we talk about their answers. I personally would not let my kids use this independently, but I suppose you could if you checked in on them often enough to make sure they are understanding. These books are not consumable, so ideal for large families AND they maintain their resale value on the used books market. I can't say enough good about this program. :)
November 7, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago

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