A New Approach with Life of Fred

If you know me, then you know I am an out of the box kind of person.  I don't believe in doing the same thing just because that is how it was always done.  I do this in my personal life and my professional life.  Sometimes I feel like I'm bucking the system but my intention is anything but that.  When it comes to teaching kids, in the classroom or at home, my ultimate goal is to help them develop an understanding of the concepts.  For me this goes beyond just memorizing facts or formulas.  I want them to really understand so that they can apply the concepts to life.  Sometimes getting a kiddo to this point requires a different approach and this is where Life of Fred comes in.

"Life of Fred" is quickly becoming a buzzword in the homeschooling world.  As a teacher I often thought to myself "if it is good for homeschooling, why can't it be good for school?"  So I jumped in looking at resources that were not the traditional school approach.  Let me just tell you, there's some great resources out there.  Even if they don't look like typical school resources give them a try.  Every child learns differently and a different approach just might make the difference for some of your students.
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Life of Fred started as a math series, but not in the way you might think.  The books follow Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius, during his exciting adventures which encounter every day math situations. The books are written like a story with math concepts and problem woven throughout.  Children actually want to read these books.

Life of Fred has expanded into other subject areas too!  Your child can start using these books when it's time to learn how to read, and your child can continue learning with Fred all the way to college! For a complete overview of the entire collection, check out each series of books below.

Life of Fred Beginning Readers Series

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If your kiddo is just starting to learn to read, add these Life of Fred readers to your at-home library. They are fun to read over and over together. Incorporate Fred in your early reading lessons! The complete set consists of 18 books. Each book contains 32 pages.
Who is it for? Beginning readers (ages 4 and up)
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Life of Fred Elementary Math Series

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Life Of Fred is like no other math program out there. It's a story that begins with book one, and continues all the way through high school. It includes every other subject, such as science, history, geography, and more. Each book contains short, 4 to 6-page chapters, and usually is less than 20 chapters per book. This makes it possible for each child to go at a pace comfortable for them.
Who is it for? Kindergarten to 4th grade
Concepts covered: time, types of numbers, geometry, measurement, facts about stars, Morse Code, geography, adjectives & verbs, patterns, functions, sheet music, seven wonders of the world, math poems, percents, numbers vs. numerals, division, slope of a line, graphing, notation, the improper use of seat belts, how to prove you are not a duck, reducing fractions, and so much more.
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Life of Fred Intermediate Math Series

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Designed for students under age 10, but already finished the Life of Fred elementary book series. Best for students who can add, subtract, and who understand multiplication and division.
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!
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If you have higher level students, make sure and check out Life of Fred's algebra and science books too.  Really love the non-traditional approach these books take.  They are engaging, fun and educational all at the same time!  What more can we ask for to help our students learn.