Life of Fred Elementary Package

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Item #: LOFELM
Grades: 1-5

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Publisher: Z-twist Books

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4.9 / 5.0
25 Reviews
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This is so much fun! Math is our new favorite summer subject. I can't believe how much we are learning. My 6 y/o talks about if things are commutative or orthogonal.
July 7, 2019
1 year ago
Gender confusion
Last book of elementary series has a disturbing discussion on gender identity.
May 26, 2019
3 months ago
Response from Rainbow Resource Center
We appreciate the thoughts and concerns shared regarding the Life of Fred Jelly Beans book. Our impression is that the conversation is within the context of language development through and example of a child's rag doll. Here is the conversation: "Lacking another segue, she held up her doll and said, 'This is Rag-A-Fluffy doll." Fred had heard about Rag-A-Fluffy dolls but had never seen one. He asked, 'How can you tell whether it was a boy doll or a girl doll?' 'My mommy said that I could pick.' Fred thought to himself, Its amazing how a person's speech changes as he/she grows up. Three year old: I could pick. Six-year-old: I could choose which one. 13-year old: R U Cra-Z? College graduate (from a good college): My mother informed me that I could select the gender of my soi-disant child. Joe: I thought they were all girl dolls. Darlene: My doll (thinking of Joe) is a boy doll." ~Deanne
June 4, 2019
Great books for reading and math
These are perfect little books. Love that the lessons are short but full of information! Easy to understand and best of all fun!
March 12, 2019
1 year ago
So far so good!
I have just begun to use this resource in the hopes of jump starting our math program. So far my son is really enjoying it. The use of story and fewer problems makes it very painless, but the number of concepts presented keeps it interesting. I am looking forward to the whole series.
October 4, 2018
11 months ago
Not sure who's enjoying this series more. My girls or mommy! Lots of fun so far...
August 12, 2018
1 year ago
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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
over 2 years ago
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Makes learning fun!
Karen M on Jul 7, 2019
4th grade math for son
Michele H on Jun 19, 2019
Makes learning fun!
Karen M on Jul 7, 2019
I selected the Life of Fred Elementary Package as it is a creative, critical- thinking ,hands-on, fun approach to math as opposed to a dry, rote way.
Julia F on Jun 26, 2019
4th grade math for son
Michele H on Jun 19, 2019
Many other reviewers recommended.
CheA W on Jun 15, 2019
I just ordered LOF to use with my dgtr this Fall when we start homeschooling. I’m excited to see the books & to use them w my lil girl to help her enjoy learning Math😊
Kristine G on May 2, 2019
Student asked to use this rather than her hybrid school's selection.
Chelsea G on May 1, 2019
Math for our homeschool
User on Apr 15, 2019
I wanted the Life of Fred Elementary Set and, as always, Rainbow Resource was the best price!! My son gets stressed out with formal math but he loves to read and be read to. I am paranoid that he won't get any where in life without a formal education yet I am a huge believer in Unschooling. This is my half way point. I feel like it will be less formal but not totally unstructured. I am very excited to get these books!
Kelly S on Apr 11, 2019
Highly recommended by all the other homeschool moms around
Melissa W on Mar 30, 2019
We checked Apples out from the library first and LOVED it. My daughter was getting frustrated with "too many numbers on the page," with our other program we were using, so this was a great way to step back and enjoy math again
Tiffany D on Mar 18, 2019
I have heard only great things about this series .
Emily S on Feb 15, 2019
Supplement Saxon math and come at it from a different approach
Rachel C on Feb 3, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
mike p on Dec 27, 2018
I wanted something as a supplement to our Right Start Math.
Jessica M on Nov 7, 2018
Heard it was an awesome series for kids who are having trouble with understanding math.
Myeisha H on Sep 2, 2018
Reviews online said that this series focuses on understanding math concepts and learning how to apply them to real-life situations vs memorizing information.
Christine B on Aug 22, 2018
A great program, he added from the older levels to the younger levels, so now I have a little one again, I am adding the ones I don't have.
Kathleen B on Aug 16, 2018
Homeschool co-op group
Jennifer O on Aug 15, 2018
Math is definitely our weakest subject, even though my husband and I have tried not to show it! Everything we've read about LOF--especially the reviews--gives me hope that we've finally found a curriculum that can work. Fingers crossed!
Olivia B on Aug 11, 2018
Like the reviews, sounds like a neat way to teach math
Elizabeth S on Aug 2, 2018
Borrowed the first book from a friend and my 2nd grader LOVED it! It gave a whole new perspective on math for him! Ordered the whole set so we can continue math with Fred!
Anna B on Jul 22, 2018
As a supplement for our regular Math curriculum.
Bethany H on Jul 19, 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
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 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 selected the Life of Fred Elementary Package as it is a creative, critical- thinking ,hands-on, fun approach to math as opposed to a dry, rote way.
Julia F on Jun 26, 2019
Many other reviewers recommended.
CheA W on Jun 15, 2019
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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