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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!
Apples is the first book in the Life of Fred Elementary Series, which is designed for students in grades 1-4. Students are ready to jump into this text if they can count, add, and subtract with numbers up to 10; it's recommended that all students who are new to Life of Fred (up through the 4th grade) should start with Apples.
Each chapter is approximately six pages, and ends with a "Your Turn to Play" segment with three or four questions. Answers are provided on the next page for students to go over themselves after attempting to solve the problems.
Apples covers: Numbers that Add to 7, Circles, Ellipses, Reading 6:00 on a Clock, 5 + ? = 7, Days of the Week, Leap Years, Spelling February, Dressing for Cold Weather, 15 Degrees Below Zero (-15:), Deciduous Trees, Deciduous Teeth, Counting by Fives, 3x + 4x = 7x, Archimedes 287 B.C. Wrote The Sand Reckoner and Got Killed Being Rude, ante meridiem (a.m.), Donner and Blitz in German, One Million, Euclid Wrote The Elements, Squares, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Whales Are Not Fish, The "There Are Zero . . ." Game, Sets, the Popularity of Zero, Why Boats Are Cheaper to Rent in the Winter, Triangles, Herbivores and Carnivores, the Colors of the Rainbow, a King in Checkmate, the Story of the Titanic, =? (not equal), x + 4 = 7, One Thousand, Counting by Hundreds, Reading 3:05 on a Clock, Rectangles.
128 pages, hardcover, non-consumable textbook with Smyth-sewn binding; students write their answers on separate paper. Answers are also included in the text and are written directly to the student.
Vendor: Polka Dot Publishing
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Series: Life of Fred
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Lu5 Stars Out Of 5Love it!January 26, 2015LuBoth my kids absolutely love this series
Jennifer Tonak5 Stars Out Of 5we love it!January 21, 2015Jennifer TonakQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had heard many good things about this series. Our library doesn't have them so I purchased the first book just to see what it was all about. It's too easy for my kids but they really love the story and read through it like it's a regular novel! I plan to buy the rest of the series since my kids are so interested in it! Even though the first book is too simple, I am glad I bought it so we can start at the beginning of Fred's story. It does have a preview of higher math as well, just to introduce concepts so when the kids reach that level it's something they have already been exposed to.
quinty5 Stars Out Of 5Learning Mathematical Concepts Can Actually Be FunNovember 15, 2014quintyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I keep trying to think of a way to best describe the book Apples in the Life of Fred series and why I would recommend the book, but I everything I come up with falls short. The book primarily focuses on mathematical principles/concepts, but in story form. Many of the stories are funny. This book makes learning mathematics fun by following the life of two characters, Fred and Kingie (Fred's doll). With many of the public schools across the United States adopting the Common Core Curriculum, if you are choosing to home school, I would suggest using a home school curriculum, plus workbooks that focus on the Common Core Curriculum (if your state follows the CCC), and add in some Life of Fred Books from the Elementary Series to break up the monotony of mathematics . In the Elementary Series of the Life of Fred, the books are titled in an alphabetic order (i.e. Book 1: Life of Fred: Apples, Book 2: Life of Fred: Butterflies, Book 3: Life of Fred: Cats, Book 4: Life of Fred: Dogs...). I hope I was helpful. My children are too young yet to read the book on their own, but they are not too young to start hearing the stories for enjoyment or to start developing an understanding in basic mathematical principals.
lwestOakland, ILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5LOF ApplesNovember 12, 2014lwestOakland, ILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've seen a lot of reviews on homeschool groups about using LOF, and I've been pretty skeptical. We tend to keep a traditional attitude towards our course subjects.
Anyway - my 1st grader loves LoF and he's sped through it pretty quickly. We've only been working in it for a week or so, and he's already about finished. I went ahead and ordered Butterflies today.
kboston5 Stars Out Of 5Lots of fun!September 19, 2014kbostonQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My daughter loves these books! She is in 4th grade and has been using them since 3rd grade. She can't wait to read the next one. She reads and does the exercises on her own. We don't use it in a conventional way. She homeschools 3 days a week and goes to a private school two days a week. Because she can do this material on her own, I have her do Life of Fred on the two days she is at private school. We have a separate math curriculum that we use at home. This has been a great way for her to get math done at the school, and I don't have to work on coordinating with her private school on her math curriculum. My daughter just loves the character Fred and she likes to share the stories with us. She finds the books very funny. The book is unique in that it presents advanced concepts early, and in an engaging way since they are part of the story of Fred's life. The way Life of Fred provides a fun environment to learn math is really priceless. Even though it's full of math concepts, Life of Fred doesn't make math feel hard or tedious. But, it doesn't really drill basic concepts the way a traditional curriculum would. I use the Spectrum math workbook at home, which is inexpensive, and she enjoys doing a math software program. I think all used together she is getting a good math education.
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