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Life of Fred 4-Book Elementary Set # 1 : Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs Hardcover – 2011

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L3SQTS
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By LRK VINE VOICE on 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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jane G. on February 3, 2012
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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Standingbyfaith on May 12, 2012
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Childress on September 11, 2013
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dixie on December 27, 2014
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My son loves this series! I cannot recommend it enough. However, I was fortunately made aware of the content of the Dogs volume before we got to it. Due to the lighthearted and silly nature of the other three volumes, you might not expect for Dogs to take a serious turn, when Fred learns about euthanasia at the animal shelter. It's a heavy topic that dominates most of this volume. I'm writing this review to make potential purchasers aware of this not to discourage them from the series, which I adore, but to make sure their kids are ready for the topic (and the parents read ahead) before they get to this volume. I have been made aware that the newest edition has been edited to have a slightly happier ending, but I'd still caution parents of very young or sensitive children.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pat in AZ on August 7, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By trinity1412 on January 14, 2014
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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. I have friends who rave about Life of Fred and have been for years. Well, now i know what all the hype was about. He is loving these books! The questions at the end of each chapter really make him think and use his reasoning skills. He is learning reading, and some grammar, science and other things as well. These books are fabulous! He could have started much higher up, but we chose to start from the beginning. He's zipping through them, but having a ball!
We can't say enough great things about Life of Fred now. We will be sticking with his and ordering more.
My only disappointment is that I didn't listen sooner and order these for my older kids when they were younger.
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