- 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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Life of Fred: Fractions Hardcover – 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book! The entire series is actually very nice. Very easy to read and understand. Great for kids to understand the mechanics of learning fractions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sydazon
We received our book a couple of weeks ago to supplement our homeschool program. So far we have done the first 3 lessons and my son enjoys the stories. Read morePublished 5 months ago by musiclover
My kids love these math books. For the first time ever they are excited about doing their math assignments AND they are understanding them!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Working well for us so far. Definitely requires my student (and me) to think more than the curiculum we were using.Published 9 months ago by Gina L. Bast
This is our third year of using Life of Fred as a supplement to our math homeschool curriculum. Once again we are pleased with this series' ability to take math knowledge and name... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tara M. Inman
Purchased this book because of positive comments about this math program, so thought I'd give it a try. Read morePublished 20 months ago by T. Renner