Not too long ago, I wrote a review for Life of Fred math curriculum. I said that it started at about 5th grade and went on through college level mathematics. I now have a son using the Geometry book, a son using the Beginning Algebra book, and a daughter using the Fractions book that leads into Pre-Algebra. Well, I’m delighted to add that I now have two more sons using a Life of Fred math book and loving it. Life of Fred now starts with Apples as the beginning of a new Elementary series for younger learners. I am starting with my two kids that know how to read but aren’t old enough for the other Life of Fred books. So far, so good, and when we opened the package containing our new Life of Fred book my younger boys were so excited.
In fact, I don’t think this 18 chapter book is going to last more than a few days. Samuel, 6, went through 3 chapters the first day, including the “Your Turn to Play” which is like the assignment. He says the part where he gets to do stuff is his favorite. Nathanael, 8, wasn’t quite as excited but he likes the story and decided to keep up with his younger brother.
I like that the concepts are presented in such a clear manner, yet the author does not point out what is being learned like your typical math book. There is no “drill and kill”. This works for us. I can always find worksheets to do a hundred problems just like the one they missed. However, we can practice things like that separately. Life of Fred is perfect for us, because everyone in our family loves to read, loves to think for themselves, and loves to know WHY something is the way it is. We also have a wacky sense of humor that just seems to be right in sync with Fred. Even my older kids who are familiar with Fred want to read the new books.
What I am excited about now is the other 11 books in the elementary series (only 4 are out now, 4 out by the end of October and the remaining 4 by Easter next year) and how my younger children will start out with Fred and what I feel is a firm base of math knowledge from the beginning. They will start with what they’ve learned just from being in our home from games, kitchen activities, counting with Mom, and puzzles, and be able to really understand the basics before moving on.
This series is also inexpensive, just like the junior high, high school and college series, and while I haven’t seen them all, I like what I see so far! With Life of Fred, you can see sample pages, read testimonials, and even email the author about anything you want.
Check it out at Polka Dot Publishing to see it all.
Tabitha (wife to Tom, homeschooling mom to 8 kids ages 14 to 1, learning something new all the time)