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Life of Fred: Pre-algebra 1 with Biology Hardcover – 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Polka Dot Publishing; 1st edition (2009)
  • ASIN: B0045RQ89Q
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stories are so entertaining you get caught up in them instantly.
Guest Hollow
The Life of Fred Elementary Series are by far the best math books we have used during our 15 years of homeschooling!!!!
an80'smommyof6
My kid can hardly wait to find out what Joe and Darlene will be doing next.
Ellen

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the book that turned my math-phobic thirteen-year-old into a kid who pleads with me to "do math!"

Yes, the storyline takes a few chapters to get seriously into either math or biology, and there is plenty of fractions review (which was good for my kid, since this was his first "Life of Fred" book and he'd been avoiding math as much as possible the previous year). But stick with this book and you'll get quite a bit of botany and physiology along with the pre-algebra concepts -- not to mention plenty of humor. My kid can hardly wait to find out what Joe and Darlene will be doing next.

(By the way, most of the prices charged by resellers for "Life of Fred" books are preposterous. Check the author's Web site first.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Guest Hollow on November 27, 2012
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Got a math lover? How about a math hater? With either one, the Life of Fred series of math books may be the solution for your math curriculum needs.

I first saw the Life of Fred books at a homeschool conference. The author and his wife were there talking to families about their books and I stopped to chat briefly with both. One thing that struck me instantly was that the author, Stanley Schmidt, Ph.D. , loves math and that seems to be his main motivation for having created the Life of Fred math books. You know how it is when you love something so much that you just want to share it with the world? That is exactly what I got from Dr. Schmidt and this love shines throughout his texts.

The first thing I noticed about the books is that they are, well, BOOKS just as much as they are texts to teach. Each book is based around a 5 year old genius, Fred Gauss, who encounters all sorts of situations and adventures sprinkled with plenty of humor. The stories are so entertaining you get caught up in them instantly. I can't recall any other time I've picked up a math book and actually wanted to keep reading for the "story's sake".

Years ago, when we got our first Life of Fred book, my daughter, who could be generally categorized as someone who would rather hand wash Thanksgiving dishes than sit down and work on some math, grabbed the Life of Fred Beginning Algebra book and started reading it with breakfast. I saw her sitting with it cracked open at lunchtime too! She then was reading it the next day and I also "caught" her on the couch when her schoolwork was done, browsing through, you guessed it, more Life of Fred math. The sound of the occasional snicker came floating over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Plaster on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We loved "Life of Fred: Fractions" and "Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents". This book is a real disappointment. The problems at the end of each chapter are unbelievably easy, especially as review of fractions and decimals and percents. Having read the first eight chapters, the only biology we've seen has been a definition of life. It might get better, but I'm not sure that I can bear to find out. This book seems like filler for people not quite ready to jump into algebra.
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We homeschool and have been using Saxon math and many of my older kids have converted over to Kahn. They all love to read, and my oldest is very disgruntled with Kahn as the website likes to change. I decided to check these books out for my youngest two who would rather color than do math. But since I have 6 kids in math I couldn't just buy two books, so I bought 9 of these, all assorted ages up to Geometry. My oldest opened the box and saw the math + biology book, grabbed it and ran off to a corner to start reading. The youngest girls wanted to pop the bubbles that came in the box. My 16-year-old (oldest) was soon giggling away and I asked her to read out-loud. She read to us for an hour and the other big kids emerged from their rooms and wanted to know what the crazy book was?! They discovered the pile on the floor and the frenzy began. They quickly each found one they liked and were reading away. This is my favorite part about homeschool. Books are like new toys to my kids. They love to learn if I just sit back and let them. I think the author seems to get that idea and he loves what he knows, that's math...and lots of other cool things. I wish I'd gotten these a while ago. I have a feeling the kids will be up way past bedtime tonight.
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