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Life of Fred: Fractions Hardcover – 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Polka Dot Publishing; 1st edition (2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0970999593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970999597
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heidi Keifer on January 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My daughter really enjoys Life of Fred math and even I fell in love with it. I read that it was great for gifted students AND students with learning disabilities. My daughter is both. It's been great for us.
The explanations are short and simple. There is no need to teach the same thing a dozen different ways. They get it the first time. There is not a lot of repetition, but there is some review to keep the students from forgetting what they have previously learned.
The best thing about this series is that they can be completely independent with it. My daughter tends to want me to spoon feed her lessons, but actually begged to do math so much that I couldn't keep up with her (since I do have a life, too.) She finally picked up the book and started working independently. For us, this is a miracle.
We have several friends using the program as well. The Life of Fred draws in kids who are more language oriented or socially oriented. They are interested enough in the humorous story to put up with the "boring" part of math and never feel bored. Those who are already mathematical really enjoy the program, too, because it doesn't hold them back--they can fly into deeper challenges.
For those who need lots of repetition, there are bridges at the end of every five chapters or so. The bridge tests make sure they have mastered previous work and haven't forgotten it. If they don't get an A on the bridge, there are four more to do. This would provide the most repetition I can imagine anyone could possibly need. But if they wanted more, they have the option of buying the companion work book. We have never needed the companion books but I have read they provide daily lessons and more review.
The first book in the series is Fractions.
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Don't buy this book here. On Dr. Stanley's website, the first two books are only $19 each and the shipping is free.
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I am eleven years old. My mom just got me Life of Fred Fractions. I absolutely love it! It actually makes math fun! I used to dread math. Now I want to do it all the time!
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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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My friend got this book after reading about it online. Her kids loved it so much they started telling me every time I came over what happened to Fred since the last time we saw each other. So I got it for my kids. They love it. My rule for my daughter is that she has to finish the problems at the end of the chapter before she can read the next one. She will happily do 2-3 chapters in a sitting, just to see what happens next.

Every 5 chapters or so there is a bridge, 10 problems and they have to get 9 right before they can move on. The problems at the ends of the chapters pull from previous material so they are constantly reviewing material already covered. The problems are funny and not too challenging for a 5th grader, just right.

He also covers hyperbole, great literature, alliteration, how not to talk to a salesman, and a lot of other things you wouldn't expect in a math book.
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I purchased this hardcover book brand new from the publisher for only $19. My son had been too much of a talker in school and didn't do half the work so he had missed a lot of concepts. However his biggest complaint about math in school was that is was soooooooo boring. I knew when we brought him home for school, we needed to get something that would be interesting and challenging. A review in Rainbow Resource described the Life of Fred series and I decided at $19, it was worth a try. The risk paid off because my son was able to do this book on his own where before I had to sit next to him to get him to do his homework. The book tells the story of Fred, a five year old genius and college professor, and how he encounters math in his everyday life. Stanley Schmidt (the author) is a great guy who teaches students, not just math, and he makes it very enjoyable. Nearly every problem is a story problem and my son has learned much. He is now completing the second book in the series. He does not want to switch to another program and neither do I.
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