Life of Fred Intermediate Package

Life of Fred Intermediate Package


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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 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.


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My son is in actually in public school (I know, I's a long story. It's a super conservative district in rural Texas: I promise I'm not a total reprobate), but is well ahead of where his classmates are in mathematics. He enjoyed the heck out of the elementary series, and we're purchasing these so that he can continue to be challenged at home.
Emily H on Sep 16, 2021
I want to have complete sets for the continuing education of my 2 kids.
Hedwig B on Jun 5, 2021
My son is in actually in public school (I know, I's a long story. It's a super conservative district in rural Texas: I promise I'm not a total reprobate), but is well ahead of where his classmates are in mathematics. He enjoyed the heck out of the elementary series, and we're purchasing these so that he can continue to be challenged at home.
Emily H on Sep 16, 2021
We covered the entire elementary series, and my daughter couldn't wait to continue!
Kimberly H on Aug 23, 2021
I want to have complete sets for the continuing education of my 2 kids.
Hedwig B on Jun 5, 2021
We love Life of Fred and are adding to our collection.
Stephanie C on May 25, 2021
My child gets bored with math. Trying to mix things up.
Lana L on May 17, 2021
Summer help for a student who is behind grade level
Kimberly M on May 2, 2021
My children love learning math with this series. They laugh out loud and are learning so much math at the same time!
Lauren V on Apr 15, 2021
My grandson is just finishing up the Life of Fred Elementary series and almost ready to move into this series.
VaLois on Mar 17, 2021
My kids really enjoyed the elementary series and wanted to keep going.
User on Mar 1, 2021
5th grader who wants to try new curriculum
Sarena D on Feb 8, 2021
We have the elementary set but wanted the intermediate to help prepare a couple students for the next levels. Life of Fred is such an enjoyable way to learn math, this is especially true for my students who tend to prefer language arts and reading over math.
GINGER on Feb 5, 2021
We are using LOF for math.
Jamie W on Feb 3, 2021
I completely enjoy this math program. I appreciate that my son is actually learning to "think math." The story line is engaging and challenging to right degree.
Hannah S on Dec 24, 2020
My daughter finished the elementary series and loved it!
Mamaleh on Dec 22, 2020
I like the series
Heidi V on Dec 17, 2020
My son enjoys the Life of Fred series and is speedily moving through them. They are worth the money and I can see his growth in mathematical knowledge.
PAULA G on Dec 17, 2020
My children prefer these books 100 times over learning math through a computer curriculum. And I like the way these books teach the children to be critical thinkers.
Samantha B on Nov 9, 2020
We already have the elementary series and my kids would like to continue the series.
Ry-Ann C on Oct 22, 2020
next in the series. both boys love this series!
HEATHER W on Oct 9, 2020
I have the first 4 books and we really enjoy them - FRED IS FUN! - but my 5th grader needs something more challenging, so going to try these for his math!
Meagan G on Sep 11, 2020
Because my children learn math best when they have real-life context. This curriculum appears to offer that context within the curriculum. As a homeschooling parent, I am hoping this curriculum will keep my children excited and loving math at their 1st, 5th and 6th grade levels. They were beginning to lose interest with Math Mammoth only.
Tasha V on Sep 4, 2020
I will use this intermediate Life of Fred for my 5th grader. We love Life of Fred.
Camillia E on Sep 3, 2020
I love how the author takes math and turns it into a fun novel for the students and parents to follow. It allows opportunity for better understanding of WHY math matters and HOW it works. My brain needed that when I was in school.
Angela W on Aug 20, 2020
good reviews
Sandra B on Aug 15, 2020
I'm homeschooling and want my girls to have a logical foundation in math. I also want them to see the value and application while having fun.
Heather B on Aug 12, 2020
I think this will be a great fit for teaching children in different grades...all of the books can be used again so we do not have to purchase again for our younger children
Lucy C on Aug 12, 2020
My son loves this series; I never have to fight with him to read his math book!
Connie M on Aug 11, 2020
My kids beg to read Life of Fred! It's so fun!
Debbie W on Aug 7, 2020
We liked the Fractions book and hence wanted to get these for our son.
Anasuya R on Aug 6, 2020
Onto our next set of books for math!
Elizabeth O on Aug 3, 2020
good reviews
maureen a on Jul 20, 2020
We loved the elementary series and can't wait to work through this section of Life of Fred as well!
Nathan S on Jul 14, 2020
I'm starting my daughter in LOF Fractions but I want to have these on hand in case I need to take her back a book. Plus, her younger brother will eventually use these.
Amanda G on Jul 13, 2020
We used all of the Elementary Life of Fred. My daughter loved them. So we chose to continue on with Life of Fred.
Karen S on Jul 9, 2020
My child asked to use this curriculum.
Christina L on Jul 8, 2020
Have done a lot of research and very interested in this conceptual math program!
Kevin K on Jun 17, 2020
Recommended by friend and liked the humorous and practical format.
Nolan F on Jun 13, 2020
I am a former math teacher and believe the real life application of math is very important while developing math skills. I plan to start my rising 6th grader with the pre-algebra set in the Fall but want to familiarize him with the LOF story and we may start with these books over the summer. I have 4 other children that I will be using the elementary curriculum with and will have this set on hand when they are ready for it.
Monica L on Jun 9, 2020
My daughter loved elementary math books, so I've these to keep her exited about math.
Natalya E on Jun 4, 2020
My daughter (10) loves to read but does not enjoy Math even though she excels at it. We first learned about LOF almost a year ago. We started with "Apples" even though most of the Math in the first few books was review there have been enough educational tidbits that she didn't know to make it worth while starting at the beginning and she has enjoyed to story line. She is over 1/2 way through "Jellybeans" now, so I want to keep this learning journey going! We highly recommend this series!
Heather H on May 7, 2020
My boys always look forward to digging into their Life of Fred books! No complaining from them!
Sarah S on May 4, 2020
my son like it
YINFANG W on May 1, 2020
I like the alternative teaching method with stories. We'll see!
Tiffany R on Apr 30, 2020
To continue on our journey through the Life of Fred!
Shannon P on Mar 20, 2020
We love LoF and these are next in the series, can't wait to get them in!!
Amanda S on Feb 1, 2020
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
We covered the entire elementary series, and my daughter couldn't wait to continue!
Kimberly H on Aug 23, 2021
We love Life of Fred and are adding to our collection.
Stephanie C on May 25, 2021
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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Rated 4 out of 5
My daughter loves it!
As a graphic designer I was originally turned off by the outdated layout of these books. I considered them years ago, but decided against them mainly because I couldn't bear the design. That still bothers me, but my 10-year-old daughter absolutely LOVES a good story and after some math struggles with her I decided to give these a try. I bought them for a little over-the-summer school. She loved the first one right away and absolutely devoured it. I had to hold her back a bit so she didn't finish it too fast. I'm excited to have some math she is excited about!
July 10, 2021
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
So Far, So GOOD!
Our kiddos are enjoying Fred. 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders are reading it independently. 5th grader is doing 2 chapters a day sometimes! :)
October 12, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love Life of Fred.
September 4, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect for our summer!
Using this as a summer bridge and it is perfect! My kids enjoy the story of Fred and I enjoy that they are enjoying the story and it is tied to solid math.
July 1, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 6 years ago

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