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Life of Fred--Apples Hardcover – 2015
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This book covers beginning mathematics including Numbers that Add to 7 Circles Ellipses Reading 6:00 on a Clock 5 + ? = 7 Days of the Week Leap Years Spelling February 15 Degrees Below Zero (–15º) Counting by Fives 3x + 4x = 7x ante meridiem (a.m.) One Million Squares The "There Are Zero . . ." Game Sets the Popularity of Zero Triangles ? (not equal) x + 4 = 7 One Thousand Counting by Hundreds Reading 3:05 on a Clock Rectangles. and much more . . .
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I read a lot about Life of Fred and decided to try it, starting with the first book. My son started it and instantly clicked with it. He loved the characters, the illustrations he sped through reading the first one and we worked the "your turn to play" sections together. Because the series starts at a level intended for much yunger kids my son breezes through it and it's really building his confidence with math.
Two weeks ago my son routinely said "I hate math, I can't do any of it, you should send me to kindergarten again" followed by tears. Now he wants to do math everyday and has announced it is his favorite subject. When I supplement with basic worksheets he gets through them quickly and with no fuss. Without a doubt, when we start homeschooling our now 1 year old we will use Life of Fred for math.
One of the things I love about Fred is that your youngster is exposed to advanced concepts like Algebra, so that by the time the child actually reaches the level of Algebra, it won't be foreign or intimidating. Fred also teaches children how to think in terms of real world math...facing a real world situation where math is required and learning how to apply what they know. It's much more practical than just seeing a set of numbers on paper and giving an answer. Fred teaches children how to get to the point of putting the numbers (formula, problem) on paper in the first place, and why.
I highly recommend Fred math books to everyone to at least try...including public school teachers (it's not just for home schools). At this price, you can't go wrong, and you're going to love this math book!
It is concentrating a lot on the numbers that add up to 7. This doesn't bother me, I think it is very appropriate as a supplement for my son. We have been working on adding doubles, and using manipulatives to add up to 10 on his regular schooling. So it works out well.
They have questions that require some thinking for little children, such as: "Sunday is the first day of the week, Monday is second, what day is Saturday?" The question made him think and feel a sense of accomplishment when he figured out the answer.
We may get some more of the books in the series. One pet peeve I have is that some people claim this can be a full math curriculum. I disagree! I think it is a great supplement. I suppose it is possible to add extra practice and perhaps be a nice break from regular math short term. But in my opinion this is not a rigorous math program, rather a supplement to help young kids have fun with math.
I highly recommend it - as a supplement.
Life of Fred is something quite different. First off every lesson is actually a chapter in the story of the Life of Fred, a 5 year old genius math teacher in Kansas. Fred has quite the interesting time, teaching us all sorts of things (not just math) along the way. After the reading it is Your Turn To Play! Just a few questions to answer to learn and solidify math facts.
We LOVE Life of Fred...has your child ever asked you to read to them out of their math book, for a bedtime story? Now of course the most important part is will your child learn anything, while having fun and NOT crying or being upset? YES YES YES and YES.
We are learning more with less work (no mind numbing drill), and having quite a bit of fun along the way.
(ps, for the record, my child never cried because of Math...but I most certainly did)