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Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom
If you’ve been homeschooling for long, you may have run across a math curriculum called Life of Fred. All of a sudden it seems to be taking the homeschooling online world by storm!
Here’s a short description of it:
“Life of Fred is a series of math books that break the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius.
During his hilarious adventures, he encounters natural situations that call for solving math problems. Children actually want to read these books!”
I first mentioned Life of Fred on this blog back in 2012, and what I said then I still agree with:
What I like about Life of Fred
I had heard such wonderful things about Life of Fred for high school math students that I was thrilled when I heard the author had completed a series for elementary-aged kids.
I love the way the math is naturally integrated into Fred’s life, showing the importance of it in day-to-day life:
The chapters are laugh-out-loud funny and I often get asked to read “just one more.” Each section in the elementary titles ends with a series of questions, followed by the answers to check after you turn the page.
I’ve never been a huge fan of math workbooks and worksheets, so the combination of math and story is a major win in my books!
We have the entire set of ten elementary Fred math books as well as the intermediate math set of three. The math program goes all the way up to college prep math and a new title also covers chemistry.
Recently the author has branched out into Language Arts and beginning readers for littles!
I find my kids even pick Fred off the shelf just to read for fun. What other curriculum can you say that about?!
As I’ve written before, Life of Fred is also an excellent choice for those who would like to approach math differently, but live in a state that requires you to document your instruction.
The cheapest place to buy Life of Fred
One of my favorite aspects about Life of Fred is that, unlike many math programs, it is not consumable. Therefore the sturdy hardback books should last through as many children as you have!
The cheapest place I’ve found Life of Fred online is through Educents, a site offering daily deals on homeschooling and educational resources. I bought my first few Fred titles elsewhere, but since then I’ve taken advantage of the savings from Educents when I need to order more.
If you’ve been interested in/curious about Fred, stock up now and you’ll be set for years to come, for all your kids!
Have you used any Life of Fred titles in your homeschool? What has been your family’s experience with it?