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Life of Fred 4-Book Elementary Set # 1 : Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs

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This is the first 4 books in the Life of Fred series (Apples, Butterflies, Cats, and Dogs)

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Math for Little People November 30, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a great series, and the Elementary books are great. I've used Right Start Math as well as a Math Through Literature program, and my children have liked Life of Fred the best. It is also simpler to use...no preparation is necessary, and a lot of information is passed through the fun story in each chapter. There are just a few questions to be answered at the end of each chapter which my 6 year old had very little trouble with, though they did make her think, and helped her understand what the math symbols mean, even helped with her handwriting, days of the week, etc. I like that Life of Fred helps us understand the concepts solidly without needing to pull out all of the manipulatives.

I've learned that (my children at least) form some dependence on hands on manipulatives and have trouble switching to the abstract, or just knowing it...and these books have helped with that transition. The best part was that my children ASK to do math with this and will sit down and concentrate on the questions on their own...even getting upset if they are interrupted.

This set is a good resource. It seems to be cheapest on the Z-Twist website. There are 8 books available right now, and supposed to be 10 total in the elementary series in February 2012.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best math books ever written! February 7, 2012
Format:Hardcover
A friend loaned me "Apples" and all of my kids are begging to do math. I have read pleasure books every night to them for years. We got this book 2 weeks ago and this is what they are now begging me to read and doing the math problems. This is not even for school work - they want this for fun!!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Alternative to Traditional Math Workbooks February 3, 2012
By Jane G.
Format:Hardcover
I was certain that my math-averse daughter would never embrace the subject. Thankfully, someone introduced me to Fred and life has improved tremendously in our home as a result. My seven year old is an avid reader and simply loves the format, quirkiness and amount of "work" involved with this series. I love, love, love this series!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable June 9, 2013
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My son loves these books. I think they are funny and whimsical, however I'm not sure of what he is actually learning as a progression. He is learning a lot of theory and mathematical history and it gets him to think of math in a fun way, but I think we will be using it as an addition to a traditional math program rather than replacing it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovin' it March 7, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My 5 year old son loves this set. (Even my 3 year old daughter likes to listen in.) He asks for it every day and reads it by flashlight at night.
I like how it throws in easy variables right from the start so that algebra is a natural part of math, not a foreign language. I also enjoy that Fred prays and knows scripture, relating even this part of our lives with numbers instead of the classic science vs. religion myth.
The only reason it gets 4 instead of 5 stars is because sometimes it seems like it's trying to cram too much information into one story, like the bits on the English language or the morse code in "Dogs". Life of Fred is a valuable part of my children's math education, but for English, we'll stick to English classics.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Fred Review May 12, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My 2nd grader has struggled with math this year. From the 1-2 timed speed drills that his teacher made them do everyday he began to hate math and state that he couldn't do it. We looked for ways to get his excitement back in math. Saxon was not working, so we heard about The Life of Fred series. It has been wonderful. My 2nd grader has completed the first book in the series with my help and we are on to the second book, Butterflies, now. He has actually reread the first book, Apples on his own twice more since we have finished it just because he wanted to read about Fred. This format is a wonderful idea and I would recommend it to anyone struggling in loving math or understanding where it has any affect on us in the everyday world because Life of Fred teaches math thru the everyday life of Fred. Great idea!Life of Fred 4-Book Elementary Set # 1 : Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Math teacher approval August 7, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My husband taught math for over 30 years. We are now homeschooling three of our grandchildren and I selected these books for him to use to use for their math. He is very pleased with them and plans to incorporate them into each lesson. I purchased the first 4 in the series. It will cover a span of two years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Math September 11, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We choose Life of Fred after using Saxon Math and found it a great change...it not only teaches Math but other subjects as well. It is fun and keeps my second grader's attention! It is also "life math" because it is word problems which he will use in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny!
These are better than expected! I thought they would have a soft cover or be spiral bound, but they have a nice hardcover on them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by My thoughts
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Fred
I purchased this set for my 5 & 8 yr old children as a math supplement. The stories in the books are fun and silly and make math a fun subject for my children to learn. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynn Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Here it is, short & sweet:
My child has developed a disdain for math over the last 2 years, so I decided to give this a try. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MiFiNoVi
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Fred
Thank You! Excellent math program for beginning and advanced students alike. My kids are loving this program and it is easy for me too!
Published 5 months ago by Tracey Lynn Wieber
5.0 out of 5 stars great books
Books as described and quick shipping. My kids enjoy them. 5th grader did all 4 in just a few weeks without having to be pushed!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Flying through this curriculum
He loves the adventures of Fred and how you don't realize you are learning until "Your turn to play" (practice problems), where you apply what you learned in the lesson. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real hit!
My son loves math and this set was perfect for him. He knows how to add and subtract but the book gets into so much more (set theory, algebraic concepts, etc) in a very fun way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Gadget Gourmet
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Math Books!
We have tried so many different math curriculums throughout the years. I recently purchased these for my youngest because he was struggling with reading and he loves Math. Read more
Published 7 months ago by trinity1412
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource!!
Great resource! Unique approach to foundational mathematics skills for early students. They have been very useful to my daughter who struggles with confidence issues.
Published 9 months ago by MICHAEL GREEN
5.0 out of 5 stars The kids beg for more!
My best friend sent these to us after reading my wishlist. While we've been homeschooling for about 5 years now, this is the first time my kids have LOVED math. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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