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Life of Fred--Apples Hardcover – 2015
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After 3 years of sincere effort and several curriculum including online virtual academies and Robinson curriculum, I had given up and reluctantly re-enrolled them in public school.
That lasted all of 3 months. By January I had pulled them out of public school completely and was starting over again.
I needed a new plan and was forced to re-evaluate the highly recommended Saxon Math curriculum. It was killing us, robbing my joy! I researched until I rediscovered a review by Cathy Duffy on Life of Fred. An inner voice prompted me to explore.
I'd seen Life of Fred before and wrote it off since it sounded so ... silly? Boy, what A MISTAKE!
Don't make the same blunder! If I could go back in time I would've started with Fred.
My kids are absolutely LOVING math now! It's like night and day the way homeschool mornings used to start. Plus, the older ones are even volunteering to help the younger one do her lessons because they don't want to miss out on any of Fred's adventures! Who are these kids?
The other pluses about Life of Fred are:
the books won't bust your budget (around $16 -$25 each); you don't need a teacher's guide until later, and they aren't expensive either; no workbooks to buy; no homework or endless boring math problems; your child can jump in anywhere in the series and begin learning, unlike some curricula like Singapore; no computer necessary; enhances reading skills, vocabulary, and other subjects including weather, seasons, physics, biology, history, and more. Also, you the parent educator don't have to know the subject. As long as they can read, the book is sufficient to explain the material effectively.
Each math lesson is a day in the quirky saga of little Fred, the 5-yr old math genius and professor at KITTENS University. Every story is concluded by solving the math problems Fred faces, such as adding and telling time. So students are compelled by their own gumption to solve the problems on Fred's behalf, and they do so willingly and readily. No begging, pleading, screaming or threatening required on your part.
They do need to write out the problems and not look at answers on the next page. Your oversight is needed here. This, the author insists, is the main criteria for success with Life of Fred Math.
One last thing on where to start: go one level down to be safe if you're not sure. Also check the sample lesson for each book available at Life of Fred website. My daughter was in pre- algebra, but we went back and got the Fractions book because she was having trouble with them. She zoomed through the book in about 2 weeks and mastered it. She had decimals & percents down so we skipped ahead to the pre-algebra set of three, which she started with no complaints.
I highly recommend Life of Fred to any homeschool family looking for a high quality, fun solution to the typical daily math conflict. If your kid loves reading more than math, this might be for you. At such a low price, I highly recommend at least checking it out even if there's another curriculum that caught your eye. It might be one of the best homeschool decisions you'll make, and your child will thank you for it.
Math doesn't have to be miserable. And it can be fun.