Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition
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Beginning Algebra: Expanded Edition is the first book in the Life of Fred High School Mathematics Series, and is designed for students in 9th grade. This expanded edition of Algebra replaces the both the earlier Life of Fred Beginning Algebra and Fred's Home Companion Algebra books; it also contains all problems completely worked out. The sold-separately Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra book is an optional add-on for students who want more practice opportunities.
Twelve chapters with multiple sub-lessons are included. Each lesson ends with a "Your Turn to Play" segment with a small number of thought-provoking questions. Answers are provided on the next page for students to go over themselves after attempting to solve the problems. Chapters conclude with three problem sets, each of which is named after a city. This full-year curriculum will provide students with a thorough knowledge of freshman algebra I.
Beginning Algebra covers: Finite/Infinite Numbers, Natural numbers, Whole numbers, Integers, Adding signed numbers, Ratios, Multiplying signed numbers, Proportions, Inequalities in the integers, Continued Ratios, Adding like terms, Rectangles, Trapezoids, Sectors, Symmetric Law of Equality, Order of operations, Solving Equations, Rational numbers, Set builder notation, Distance-rate-time problems, Distributive law, Reflexive Law of Equality, Proof of the distributive law, Coin problems, Age problems, Transposing, Solving systems of equations by elimination, Work problems in two unknowns, Graphs, Plotting, and lots more.
Life of Fred is a unique, complete (not supplemental), math program that uses a highly engaging narrative to teach math without fear and with enjoyment. Students follow the life of Fred Gauss (a math professor who grows up to the age of six), who has many humorous, unlikely, and zany adventures over the course of the curriculum. Math becomes relevant and important because the need for math occurs in Fred's life (and he sees math everywhere). Witty and truly entertaining, these books will engage students in a way unlike any other math program - --while also instilling a solid understanding of the principles of mathematics without an abundance of repetitive drills. This series is perfect for inquisitive students who struggle with the relevance of math, or anyone looking for a creative approach to mathematic thinking!
544 pages, indexed; hardcover, non-consumable textbook with Smyth-sewn binding. Students write their answers on separate paper. Answers are also included in the text and written directly to the student.
Vendor: Polka Dot Publishing
Dimensions: 10.38 X 7.25 X 1.5 (inches)
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Series: Life of Fred
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TLee5 Stars Out Of 5Fred has worked for us!June 12, 2016TLeeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Several years ago, I had two kids who absolutely hated math. The drill and kill technique of the many math curriculums we tried nearly destroyed a love of mathematical learning along with any confidence they had in their abilities to learn. At the advice of another homeschooling friend, we tried Life of Fred. We backed up and started at the Intermediate Series (Kidneys, Liver, & Mineshaft), and I sat back and watched in awe as my children slowly began gaining confidence and skills under Fred's teachings.
I now have an up-and-coming 7th and 9th grader who are already working their way through LOF Algebra, way ahead of where we would have been had we stuck with traditional math programs. We just got their yearly testing scores back, and both children scored upper high school level or beyond in ALL areas of math.
My family is proof that LOF works. No, it's not easy, and my children sometimes get stuck. But I very rarely need to step in and help them. LOF taught my children not only that they can "do" math, but they have also gained the confidence and knowledge to teach and learn for themselves. And that's the best education a person can have!
Linda KerrMAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love Life of FredApril 29, 2016Linda KerrMAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We have not yet reached Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra, but expect to get there sometime next fall. After reading the negative review written on Oct 14, 2014, I wanted to provide my perspective. Author Stanley Schmidt teaches a process for laying out word problems, and if you miss the earlier books, you will not understand what he wants you to do. He explains everything thoroughly -- not just the "how" but the "why" (which is what my son loves).
If you think your child is ready for algebra and has been using a regular curriculum or if your child is struggling in regular algebra, I would take him or her back to Fred's 3-book Pre-Algebra series. If it's easy, proceed at double-pace and feel good about yourself. But I promise your child will learn new things and also learn Mr. Schmidt's process, which my son independently applies to all sorts of science and everyday life problems. If you think your child is ready for Pre-Algebra or is struggling in Pre-Algebra now, go back and do Fred Fractions and then Decimals & Percents. They really set the foundation of Mr. Schmidt's process and will make the subsequent books fully understandable. Again, proceed at double-pace if chapters seem easy. But going "back" will be worth it in the long run. I think most of us would rather our child understand -- and even enjoy -- math than keep on a math schedule that might not fit.
But truly, if you are willing to go back, your child will soon be so interested in the math and science she is learning that she'll soon be ahead of her peers without even realizing it. Fred Math has transformed our experience. My son went from a child who understood math but hated it and felt frustrated by the lack of explanations to a child who loves math and can apply it to life easily and happily. He has done four books this year and will continue through the summer (at a reduced pace) just because it's fun.
nj5 Stars Out Of 5love itApril 21, 2015njQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0My son understood many concepts which was little confusing to him. He loved Life of Fred math books and really helped him. He loves math!
Home Educator1 Stars Out Of 5Life of Fred: Beginning AlgebraOctober 14, 2014Home EducatorIf you do not understand algebra already, this is not the book for you. There is not much help in it to understand how to solve algebra equations. It can be entertaining with this silly backstory about Fred, but when it comes to teaching the subject, it is sorely lacking.