My kids love the Life of Fred books! We read ‘Apples’ and are just finishing up the second book in the elementary math book series, ‘Butterflies’. Fred is such a fun character to follow along through his silly experiences. I enjoy the story just as much as my kids do. These books introduce math in a fun and relevant way. There are a few questions at the end of each chapter and we actually enjoy figuring out the answers,. It doesn’t feel like math work at all! I’m so excited that there are intermediate math books so we can continue on with Fred and enjoy learning math as we cuddle up and read together. These are so great as a homeschool math curriculum or just as good bedtime children’s books to supplement learning math online, in class, math games, or through math text books. However you like to learn math, my kids and I highly recommend the Life of Fred for fun learning math.
If you have been with Fred through the elementary set, then you will not want to miss this 3-book Life of Fred intermediate set. If you have NOT met Fred, this would be a great place to get to get started!!
Designed for students under age 12, but already finished the Life of Fred elementary book series. Best for students who can add, subtract, and who understand multiplication and division.
Overview: In the Intermediate series, students continue doing algebra they learned in the elementary series, but they also learn to identify and build functions, set theory, how to analyze mathematically logic arguments, and arithmetic sequences. Also, each book is filled with teasers about future books: “Name one solution for x3=64. There are two other solutions, but you won’t be able to name then until you have had the last week of trig.”
Who is it for? 3rd to 7th grade
Concepts covered: Milliliters, writing numerals in checks ($4000 and not $40.00), idioms, 1/4 + 1/4 +1/4 = 3/4, elapsed time, metaphors, milligrams and pounds, rounding numbers, three-eights of 19,416, and more!
Titles in this series: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft
What people are saying about the books:
“I was not so sure on these books. I heard a lot of good reviews but after we got them, just skimming through I wasn’t sure my 9-year-old daughter would like them. I was WRONG! She really likes them! They move at a pace she likes and being one continuous story about Fred’s life keeps her interested and entertained. We will be back for more soon. She just finished Kidneys and is now on Liver.” -Melisa W.
“We’ve gone through many math programs since I began homeschooling, but the passion never returned. In fact, my son had grown to hate it. Math had become something we both dreaded. I ordered this set, and all that has changed!! By using these books, we have identified what concepts he was never taught, or just didn’t grasp. He told us that he wished he could just start from the beginning with the Life of Fred. My husband and I are expecting that shipment to arrive this week, and will be ordering Fractions, Decimals, and Pre-Algebra next!” -Janet C.