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Have you collected ALL 10 Life of Fred Elementary Math Books?

Who is it for?

  • Life of Fred math fans!!
  • Kindergarten to 4th Grade learning levels
  • Homeschoolers
  • Math enthusiasts   

What is included?

  • Choose 2 or more Life of Fred Elementary titles
  • The textbooks are all hardbound, not consumable workbooks.

Why buy?

  • Stock up on Life of Fred books
  • The more you purchase, the more you save!
  • Apply math to real-life situations
  • Incorporate important language and games to make math lessons fun!

Life of Fred is a series of math books that break of the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters situations that call for solving math problems. Children actually want to read these books.

The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them. Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions.


Life of Fred: Apples (view sample text)

Life of Fred Apples is the first installment of a series of ten books from the Life of Fred Elementary Math unit. Fred, a five year old math prodigy goes through a series of events incorporating word problems in his story. His approach keeps your students engaged in math while covering topics such as algebra, geometry, telling time, and days of the week; which if your student can count to ten along with differentiating days, Life of Fred Apples will be the perfect first step in the series.


Life of Fred: Butterflies (view Butterflies sample)

Provide a break from the drill and kill worksheets by offering a new way to learn math with Life of Fred Butterflies. The second installment of the ten book series, Fred shows examples of linear measurements, time, geometry, and specific numbers! Your kids will be prepared for advanced math by remembering concepts instead of memorizing math facts seen in traditional learning. Use Butterflies to segway into the third book, Life of Fred Cats.


Life of Fred: Cats (view Cats sample text )

The Life of Fred: Cats is 128 pages filled with first grade material such as quarters, numbers vs. numerals, counting by three's, prime numbers, four basic emotions, adjectives, verbs, and more! Join Fred and Kingie as they draw examples to relate it to math. Examples such as the Mariana Trench, Ferdinand Magellan, Greek Alphabet, and ancient arithmetic like the sexagesimal system are mentioned in this book!


Life of Fred: Dogs (view Dogs sample text)

Graduate over to first grade with Life of Fred: Dogs and follow along with Fred as he uses Morse code, introduces adding two-digit numbers, count through consecutive even & odd numbers and more! First grade materials covered here are specific numbers, addition, patterns, fractions, ATM cards, idioms, the chemical elements & more!


Life of Fred: Edgewood (view Edgewood sample text)

Work with parallel lines and share Fred's silly thoughts with Life of Fred: Edgewood. Your student will work with concurrent lines, the commutative law of addition, touch on quadrilateral shapes, and many more! The second grade materials covered in this 128 page book are parellel lines, right angles, functions, quarter of an hour, half dozen, six examples of functions, math poems, the four kinds of sentences, firearm safety & more!

Life of Fred: Farming (view Farming sample text)

By now, students will start recognizing the pattern of the series; Life of Fred Farming follows the perfected structure. Life of Fred: Farming unit builds on the previous Edgewood book with introducing the cummutative law of multipilacation, denominations of money, and more! The second grade materials covered are median average, percents, borrowing one in subtraction, definintion of function, proof that every number is interesting, dollar denominations & more!


Life of Fred: Goldfish (view Goldfish sample text)

Join Fred in his travels across the Atlantic Ocean and learn about bar graphs, multiplying by thousands, cubic measurements, volumes, and more! Third Grade material: drawing things to scale, digits in a number, similies, meters vs yards, area, volume, gallons into pounds, practicing the metric system with dental floss, bar graphs & more!


Life of Fred: Honey (view Honey sample text)

Work on fun math activities with Fred as he goes through fractions, multiplication facts, unit conversions and more! Third Grade material: long division, fractions, atoms, periodic table, hexagons and octogons, what magic really means, why Fred can't get a credit card, farther vs further, slope & more!


Life of Fred: Ice Cream (view Ice Cream sample text)

Step up your students learning with multiplication and division with two digit numbers! Follow Fred through fourth grade materials: stationary vs stationery, hyperbole, bar graphs, ordered pairs, plotting points on a graph, slope, irony, area, liberty vs freedom, less than (<), greater than (>), & more!


Life of Fred: Jelly Beans (view Jelly Beans sample text)

Fourth Grade materials: finding one-third of a number, Fibonacci numbers, prime numbers, intersection of sets, fever vs femur, decimal points, epigraphs, pie charts, how to prove you are not a duck, & more!


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How would I know which book I would use for 3rd grade?

Asked by a Teacher on July 6th, 2016 (Edited)

Great question! These books are geared at kindergarten through 4th grade, so you'll probably want to get the later books. They're in alphabetical order, with Apples covering the lower grades, and so on.

Educents has a great blog post to help you sort our which blog post is for you:

Answered by Life of Fred - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt on July 11th, 2016 (Edited)

do you have anything for eighth grade through all of high school
or anything including engineering or metals or chemistry...Grade 8 up?

Asked by a Parent on May 3rd, 2016 (Edited)

Hi! Life of Fred series does go through high school, and has a Chemistry and upper-level science and math curriculum. You can read more about LOF for high schoolers on the Educents blog:

Answered by Life of Fred - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt on May 4th, 2016 (Edited)

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  • Wonderful resource!
    Sep 13, 2016

    I bought the entire series for my Middle School math classroom, and I'm so glad I did! I teach 7th and 8th grade so I got the Elementary one for my students who need a little re-teaching. I also use the elementary books for my 7 year old son.
    When my students need a book to read they often ask to look through the Life of Fred books!
    This resource is perfect for teachers and for parents!

    Faith B - Teacher - Member Since April 2016
  • Perfect for Active Boy
    Jul 14, 2016

    I have a very active boy who loves to listen to stories but cannot sit and do workbook pages. This series is perfect for him to learn math without having to sit and work on page after page. We've added manipulatives to extend the chapters and it it working great.

    Danielle K - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher - Member Since June 2016
  • finally fun math!
    Jul 09, 2016

    i hated math as a kid, so i dreaded teaching it to my kids.... well i found out there is a way to do it without torture! LOL Better yet, HUBBY LOVES IT! and has taken over math for me!!!!

    Christina C - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since August 2015
  • We love Fred!
    Jul 05, 2016

    My son loves Life of Fred! He always wants to do more! And I am amazed by how much he's learning while having fun.

    Megan K - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since June 2016
  • Love Life of Fred
    Jul 02, 2016

    I have been looking for something different for Math. I came across the Life of Fred books, so I thought I would try one book. I love it!!! And my son loves it!! I have four little boys and it's nice to know I will be able to use these books for all 4 of them. Hoping I can eventually buy the rest of the set. I'm so excited over this awesome find. Thank you!

    Sheila G - Parent - Member Since June 2016
  • Great!
    Jun 19, 2016

    Life of Fred is awesome! Besides the math, there's so many reasons why I like this curriculum.
    For instance, (a.m. ) ante meridiem is Latin for; before noon or midday.
    That's in there, and how a rook moves in chess and SO MUCH more.
    It is interesting and informative.

    Firstname L - Member Since November 2013
  • Great way to learn math
    Jun 16, 2016

    My children love following the story and what Fred is up to. I love that they are learning an every day skill.

    Rosalie L - Homeschooler - Member Since December 2015
  • Loving it!
    Jun 14, 2016

    We're still on the first book, taking our time going through it. Both our kids (6 & 9) love Fred and his silly tales. I do question why the number 7 is so important in Apples...

    Sara J - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since November 2014
  • Love Life of Fred!
    Jun 13, 2016

    My son HATES math! Not anymore! I heard about these books from another homeschooling mom and decided to give them a try. My son LOVES them! He comes to ME now asking for Fred! He enjoys the stories and and he is learning more than just math. I've even learned some things I didn't know before! Fred is definitely going to be a part of our homeschool math up through high school!

    Tracy F - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since May 2016
  • Awesome Books
    Jun 13, 2016

    My kids just started the Life of Fred Series after leaving the public school system. I love hearing them laugh about Fred while learning and reviewing math!

    Sarah B - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since May 2016
  • Great!
    Jun 07, 2016

    My 7 yo read "Apples" in one sitting the day after we got it (and did all the problems). I think it will be great also for another child (8 yo) I know who is not too fond of the way they do math at school - infinite pages of addition and subtraction problems without context...

    Annika E - Parent - Member Since May 2016
  • Loving our new math books!
    Jun 07, 2016

    From the start, my kids have been thrilled with LOF! I can't believe how quickly they have gone through them! The information is presented in an easy-to-understand story format, so they learn almost effortlessly. The stories keep their attention & they re-read LOF often, just for fun. I love that it includes higher math concepts & facts about other subjects, so they really are learning a LOT about a lot of things in a short, fun lesson. We use them as a supplement to our other math curriculum, but we are planning to go all the way through the program! They are a valuable resource & add so much depth the my kids' understanding of math! I also love that they can be reused later for our younger kids (no workbooks to re order), so they really are a great value!

    Janet P - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since March 2015
  • Not the best start
    Jun 07, 2016

    My son loves the stories but the practice parts at the end seem to be a little out of place. I do not think this is a stand alone math program for us.

    Krista B - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since June 2015
  • Fun math!
    Jun 01, 2016

    Found a fun way to learn math! Reading and math in one, how genius! This is now the math for us.

    Kristi S - Homeschooler - Member Since April 2016
  • Awesomesauce
    May 31, 2016

    I wasn't sure where to start with teaching my son math, beyond knowing his numbers and shapes. How does one even start? As a new homeschooling mom. The options were so overwhelming and I was getting daunted, especially because I have the type of dyslexia that effects math skills and would need to choose something that would be a good fit for all involved. LOF is just that. My son loves to read the Fred story and we use manipulates to show the math and do it together. He's 4, so I'm not asking for perfection, and if he just wants to read the chapter together we do. I don't worry about just reading the chapters, because the books are designed that they can be reread until all concepts have been grasped. I imagine this would also come in handy for homeschool parents who take summer and winter breaks, as they can just go back and reread the last book or few chapters. I absolutely love this series. I am such a fan that I showed the series to my father (who is 69 years old and learned math even more differently from myself) and he (who is not easily impressed by anything coming out of today's classrooms/education) thinks they are fantastic and the perfect way to teach math. It is my opinion that this series could be used as a stand alone curriculum, but I do not use it that way. It is, however, our daily math curriculum.

    Marisa H - Homeschooler - Member Since April 2016
  • Finally A Great Math Program!
    May 30, 2016

    After years of "drill and kill" math, my son and daughter are so excited to have Fred as a part of our family! Life of Fred really makes them think critically without them realizing it. Dr. Schmidt is a genius for writing these books! You may even catch your kids doing their math on a weekend!

    Lisa P - Member Since November 2013
  • Life of Fred is a Hit in our House
    May 30, 2016

    After a few years of not knowing what LOF was all about, and then debating if we should get it or not, we finally purchased it. Thank you Educents for having it on sale! The day we got it, my 6 year old daughter, opened the box, and sat down right away to read it. Her take on it so far is.."This is COOL math! Did you know, you can do math with out even realizing it!"

    Alta M - Member Since February 2014
  • Real Life Math
    May 24, 2016

    I ordered the whole set because my 5 year old enjoyed the first book so much. He begs to do his fred math. There are concepts that he is learning that he would not normally be exposed to at this level but due to the real life situations it is presented with it makes sense to him. He loves the characters and the comical tone at times. After our school year was over he asked to keep his fred books out so he could still do math in the summer break. Excellent math supplement.

    Jill C - Homeschooler - Member Since October 2015
  • Life of Fred
    May 23, 2016

    I was a bit weary of purchasing a reading book for math but it honestly surprised me! We love reading and found ourselves learning and not even knowing it! What a great concept. Thanks "Fred"!

    Joy B - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since April 2016
  • We Love Life of Fred
    May 19, 2016

    We have tried other math programs for my 7 year old and ended up frustrated at the end of each lesson. Life of Fred has been a huge blessing for teaching math in our home. I help my daughter read the lessons which are entertaining and educational. You learn math without even knowing you are.

    Audrey J - Homeschooler - Member Since May 2015
  • My 5 year old loves this!
    May 17, 2016

    I tried to do traditional "worksheet" math and workbooks but my 5 year old was not liking it. I thought she just wasn't a math person but after a friend reccomended Life of Fred I found that she is really good at math. She just needed a different approach. She loves reading and the book format of this is perfect for her. She now looks forward to doing math. Its great :)

    Paige H - Homeschooler - Member Since April 2016
  • Love for Life of Fred
    May 17, 2016

    My children love this! My kindergarteners beg for Math, and my high schooler uses it as a supplement for self-teaching along with Saxon. It's amazing!

    Mindy D - Parent - Member Since October 2015
  • Life of Fred-Math
    May 17, 2016

    We have four children; 12, 10, 7, & 3 and this has made math so much fun for all of us! My four year old gets to hold Fred or Kingie and she likes to repeat things that her brother and sisters say. It doesn't only help with Math, but also their writing skills with the short Q & A at the end of each chapter. It's great for a short attention span too! We love our Life of Fred series! :)

    Autumn A - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since January 2016
  • Math Made Fun
    May 16, 2016

    My sons, ages 10. 8 and 5, will gather together and read these book with absolutely no prompting. They giggle and happily do math problems together. My older two now tell me that they prefer word problems to simple calculation problems, because word problems are more fun. As former classroom teacher and current homeschooling mom, I adore these books that make math fun and lighten my load! Thank you Life of Fred!! :)

    Heather G - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since April 2016
  • Wonderful
    May 11, 2016

    It is nice not to have to argue with my son about math. He really enjoys the story of Fred and will do the math to get to read the next part. I know he is learning along the way.

    Marie T - Homeschooler - Member Since August 2015
    May 10, 2016

    I was a bit scared of teaching math and a friend suggested i give LOF a try, well I no longer fear teaching math and my kiddos love LOF. They get excited to hear his crazy story and answer the "your turn to play" questions.

    Amanda F - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since January 2016
  • Great math for my special needs daughter!
    May 10, 2016

    My daughter and I have started the Life of Fred math series and she is really moving forward well. My daughter has major retention deficits with math but is moving along nicely with this math series.

    Laura K - Parent - Member Since March 2016
  • Who says cute can't be educational?
    May 09, 2016

    This is a great little math series! My son has always loved math (2nd grade)! I was concerned these would be too easy because he is advanced as far as math in common core standards. There is so much packed into these books that both of us are entertained. We love Life of Fred!

    Beth S - Homeschooler - Member Since April 2016
  • Life of Fred Rocks!
    May 04, 2016

    We added in LOF for our son to help with auditory processing skills. We used LOF at a lower level than his actual math and it has been such a great fit! We loved it so much we decided to use it from the beginning with our younger daughter.

    Carisa H - Seller on Educents - Member Since August 2015
  • My boys dislike Life of Fred
    May 04, 2016

    I'm bummed that this did not work for my boys. I have heard such great things about Life of Fred. My boys just found this to be boring and just didn't find it interesting. I hope that I can return these books back and get a refund.

    Alice L - Homeschooler - Member Since December 2014
  • Love Life of Fred
    May 03, 2016

    My 5-year old daughter and 3-year old son LOVE Fred! The best part is that we can read the same book over and over if we need to revisit something and it is still FUN! These are definitely a classic!

    Cassie M - Homeschooler - Member Since April 2015
  • WE love Life of Fred
    Apr 27, 2016

    My daughter can't get enough of these books. I have to pace her. I love that she is learning all other sorts of facts along with math.

    Denise G - Member Since November 2013
  • We Love Fred!
    Apr 26, 2016

    My four year old enjoyed Apples so much, so I bought Butterflies for her and Fred Trigonometry for me! She asks for Fred as a bedtime story and during her bath. She always wants a second chapter. Not only are they fun, they also provide a solid foundation in number sense, and they really make you think!

    Mariel H - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • Life of Fred Elementary Math Books
    Apr 26, 2016

    These books have made learning fun for my 2nd & 5th graders. They do not dread doing math anymore & actually ask me if they can study math first! I'm so thankful for this set!

    Pamela A - Homeschooler - Member Since February 2016
  • Daughter loves math!
    Apr 26, 2016

    My daughter did not enjoy math and it usually ended in tears. She loves Life of Fred! We laugh as we read them together and she is so proud of herself. We are currently in the 4th book, dogs. We do about a chapter a day, but some days she asks for 2 or 3. In church the other day we looked over and she was doing math problems in her notebook. She is only 6. I would recommend these books to anyone. It is definitely a different way to do math and may feel strange at first. My daughter's joy and enthusiasm for a subject that most kids hate shows me that these books are the way to go.

    Sarah V - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2016
  • Like reading a story book
    Apr 26, 2016

    We have just started with Life of Fred and my young children love listening to the stories about Fred. It doesn't feel like learning math, it feels like reading interesting stories about a character named Fred. We look forward to continuing with this series!

    Amy H - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • We love Fred!
    Apr 26, 2016

    I've been enjoying these books thus far with my son, whom I am homeschooling. Lots of repetition which helps the facts stick in his head and amusing stories which we both laugh at!

    Shanna K - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since October 2015
  • Wonderful
    Apr 25, 2016

    All my children enjoy the tales of Fred, and the one ready to do the math loves the way it is presented. I feel like it is making our regular math curriculum more impactful. She really can see how she can use skills she is learning.

    Sara R - Homeschooler - Member Since April 2016
  • Thrilling!!
    Apr 18, 2016

    How wonderful to be able to experience math in real-world applications, thus making it relevant and memorable! I am grateful for the increased, purposeful vocabulary these books are providing for my children along with the comprehensive math concepts! Such a delight. I had heard of them, but I doubted they could be as useful as claims suggested. I would recommend these to ANYONE!

    Kathryn B - Super-hero - Member Since April 2016
  • Quick shipping, great service.
    Apr 18, 2016

    Quick shipping, great service. Thanks!

    Katie O - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • My Kids BEG for Fred.
    Apr 14, 2016

    I had seen reviews before saying parents had to literally stop their children from doing math. I thought "No way that's true". Well I take it back. My 7 year old has sped through the first book in the series and I literally had to hold him back. When he's reading confidently on his own I'm sure that will be impossible, but I'm O.K. with that! My 5 year old was begging to start his own notebook for his "Turn to Play" (end of chapter reviews). My 3 year old who listens in asks me if we can "read that Archimedes book again". They talk about Fred, they make jokes about Fred, they make up their own math problems FOR FUN. We're only K and 1st grade right now, but I am happy I bought the whole set. It was definitely money well spent I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone (and I have been recommending to all my friends since we started).

    Jessica A - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since March 2016
  • Was allergic to Math...
    Apr 11, 2016

    My 9 yo son is on the autism spectrum, and has struggled with math to the point of tears and meltdowns on many days. We've tried several different programs, to no avail. Then, I bought the Elementary series from Educents. He finished Apples in under a week and is on track to do about the same with Butterflies. Today, he did it entirely on his own, before any of his other school work, correctly. I don't know about others, but for this young man, this is just the thing!

    Taryn P - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • A nontraditional approach with rich results
    Apr 11, 2016

    My oldest son, now 15, had much success when he switched to this series from Saxon. He did Fractions through Algebra, at which point he aced college placement exams for dual enrollment and seamlessly transitioned into Algebra II in a private school. With his feedback, I opted to use Life of Fred from the beginning with my youngest son, beginning with Butterflies at 5 years old. The approach is nontraditional. The instruction is done by implementing the math content into a storyline, and the story immediately drew my son in. He begs to do math every morning. Because he is still so young, we have tried to slow down the progress into advanced concepts. We achieved this by completing A-E and then repeating them all before beginning F and beyond. We use this as our main curriculum, supplementing only with flash cards and practice sheets on addition/subtraction/multiplication (and eventually division when we reach that concept). For our family, Life of Fred is a stand alone curriculum for which the resulting math comprehension is rich and sound. In our state, we must test our children's progress annually, and my sons have tested far beyond grade level, in large part to the foundational knowledge gained through Life of Fred. This curriculum gets a solid 5 stars from my family. We absolutely love it and are thrilled with the learning they encourage.

    Jessica S - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since December 2015
  • Great addition to our math curriculum!
    Apr 11, 2016

    Looking for something a little different that will have your kids (boys especially) asking for Fred Math? Try Life of Fred. We use this in addition to Right Start Math and it gives us something to look forward to in math class every day.

    Rena R - Homeschooler - Member Since November 2015
  • Math Time Transformed!
    Apr 08, 2016

    Math was the dreaded time of day for both my daughters (8, 12). For my 6-year-old son, it wasn't dreaded yet, but we had spent 2 months just on the +2 facts and they weren't sticking. We've been using Math-U-See from the beginning and I have always loved its explanation of the concepts. However, it has left my kids very uninspired with its worksheet approach. They "hate" math. A friend recommended Life of Fred because our family LOVES to read and my kids love to make up stories. I found the first one at the library and gave it a try.

    It has completely transformed our Math time! After only 1 day of using it, my middle daughter was begging to do Math. She, in particular, cannot get enough. She often wants to do several chapters at a time. My oldest is currently just reading through the elementary and intermediate series on her own before we start her on Fractions. She is really enjoying the change of page and story line. My son is memorizing his math facts with ease now that they are presented in the context of a story and a need. It isn't just rote memorization.

    I am one relieved and happy mom!!! After only 1 month, all their opinions about Math had soared and I decided to purchase the whole set. I have already recommended it to several friends.

    Traci M - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • Love!!!!!
    Apr 07, 2016

    I have had the hardest time finding a math for my 3rd grader, then we found Life of Fred. She is loving the books and learning at the same time! I bought it specifically for her, but my 2nd and 4th grader are living them as well. We only bought Apples and Butterflies to test them out, now we are looking foward to completing our collection!!

    Amber S - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • SO easy to follow!
    Apr 06, 2016

    Just starting out my homeschooling adventure and math made me nervous! I love how easy these books are to read and follow. It's not overwhelming and my 9 year can do on his own while my 6 year old just needs a little guidance. Glad I purchased!!

    Anne B - Parent - Member Since October 2015
  • Wish I had these as a kid!
    Apr 06, 2016

    Whether you are using them as a primary curriculum with supplemental practice, or using them as a supplement to a different curriculum, these are awesome. I started reading through these a week ago before our semester started and I couldn't put them down! My 6 year old saw me reading them and is now on book 2.

    Like any program, its' good to read through it either in advance or along with your child so you can be aware of the concepts they are learning and offer them additional practice as needed. I plan on continuing through the books until we find the level he is at, and then take it more slowly from there, probably doing 1-2 chapters a week and practicing the concepts in between (using problems we encounter around the house as much as possible).

    Emily P - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • Absolutely 5 STARS!!!!
    Apr 06, 2016

    My 10 year old can't stand math, but he loves stories. The Life of Fred series has been a blessing to us. We breezed through the elementary series, and we're looking forward to the continuing saga in the Intermediate set. I highly recommend it!!

    Stephanie C - Homeschooler - Member Since November 2015
  • Curious for more
    Apr 05, 2016

    We have been so curious about what "Life of Fred" was after seeing tons of posts about it. I ordered Apples and Butterfly's and my 9 year old has breezed right through it. There is so much to this story and we are anxious to see where it goes. Lol I personally am trying to figure out exactly what Fred is. Looks like I will be ordering C and D very soon!

    Kim M - Homeschooler - Member Since August 2015
  • Life of Fred is fun
    Apr 05, 2016

    My 2nd graders are learning and discussing concepts that haven't shown up in our other math curricula. We're really enjoying Life of Fred. My twins are going at different speeds through the books and they are both able to work independently for the most part.

    Christina M - Homeschooler - Member Since September 2015
  • So Excited!
    Apr 05, 2016

    We've recently finished Kindergarten A & B in Singapore math. While my son loved it and did just fine, he loves stories even more! I have endless praise for Fred so I'm excited to begin.

    Sarah R - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since March 2015
  • Love of Fred!
    Apr 05, 2016

    Purchased for my 6 and 7 yo, who really liked this. Decided to have my 16yo who doesn't like math, and my 11 and 14 yo who are in algebra 1 this year, try it as well. The older 3 love Fred more than the younger ones! They are constantly telling me what Fred is up to and I love how he explains math by using everyday situations. I don't even think they realize they are learning but they are. Have now also purchased the intermediate and pre algebra books as well.

    Terri M - Member Since November 2013
  • A Welcome Change!!
    Apr 05, 2016

    My daughter loved math until we got to multiplication. Then she hit a mental road block. We tried everything I could think of to help, but nothing worked until we found Life of Fred. It has given her back her confidence! She even wants to read 2 or 3 stories each day! LOF has really boosted her confidence & given us hope again for math! Thank you!!

    Kristin G - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since November 2015
  • Perfection!!
    Apr 05, 2016

    We LOVE Life of Fred!! What a fun way to learn and enjoy it. We giggle a lot during our reading and it's a nice bonding time that we've really come to enjoy! Best investment ever!

    Becky C - Homeschooler - Member Since February 2015
  • Learning without realizing it!
    Apr 04, 2016

    These books are so cute and so much fun. My kids love to read and have always learned a lot from stories. I used reading to potty train, to deal with behavior problems, etc, so when I first heard of the Fred books, I knew they'd be a great fit for our family, and they are! We have the series up to "Intro to Algebra," and they build on each other seamlessly. My kids love to read them and the practice problems are more of a game than work. I'd recommend them to anyone.

    Kristin G - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since March 2016
  • So far so good!
    Apr 04, 2016

    These books are hard back and good quality. My order came quickly and in good shape. My 2 kids (age 6 and 9) and I are reading through Apples. They think it is hilarious and, although it is geared toward basic addition, there is much that is at my older child's level and teases at higher math concepts. I have skimmed through the chapters of several of the other books. Multiplication is introduced in the 6th book," Farming". This is where my 9 year old needs to be, but I felt he needed to start at the beginning since it is a story series. The kids like competing for or work in together on the questions at the end of the chapters.

    Carmen K - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since March 2016
  • Math made fun!
    Apr 04, 2016

    I am so excited that I stumbled upon Life of Fred math books! We are starting at Apples and going through them quickly until we get to her level and then we will slow down. It is such a fun way to do math! No more complaints. Loved my first purchase with educents. Great price and super fast shipping! Will purchase from here again.

    Rachael T - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • No More Complaining About Math!!!
    Mar 31, 2016

    I had read many good reviews about Life of Fred Math and after struggling to get my homeschooled children interested in Math, I decided to order one book and give it a try. We all immediately fell in love with Fred and had so much fun that the kids didn't want me to stop. Needless to say, I will be ordering the complete set.

    Kim J - Member Since November 2013
  • Fun, Unique Math Books
    Mar 27, 2016

    These books are so fun, even I was staying up late at night reading them! They're a really great way to do Math. I've never seen anything like them!

    Celena J - Seller on Educents - Member Since November 2013
  • Fun, Unique Math Curriculum
    Mar 27, 2016

    These books are so fun, even I was staying up late at night reading them! They're a really great way to do Math. I've never seen anything like them!

    Celena J - Seller on Educents - Member Since November 2013
  • Unique, Fun Math Curriculum
    Mar 27, 2016

    These books are so fun, even I was staying up late at night reading them! They're a really great way to do Math. I've never seen anything like them!

    Celena J - Seller on Educents - Member Since November 2013
  • Thanks to Life of Fred, my kids love math!
    Mar 26, 2016

    I homeschool my kids and we do a diverse set of math activities that include Life of Fred. My kids (in kindergarten and 1st grade) absolutely love Fred! They laugh at his exploits and eagerly do the math problems at the end of each short (3-4 page) chapter.

    We've been doing about one Life of Fred chapter a week, but my kids want to do more.

    I love how Life of Fred introduces a wide variety of concepts that cover math, history, art, and more. I love how Life of Fred gently introduces algebra concepts even in the early elementary books.

    We currently own the elementary series but I hope to purchase all the other series as well.

    Katherine S - Seller on Educents - Member Since September 2014
  • My Kids Love It!
    Mar 23, 2016

    They beg me to do more Life of Fred, and when I say we need to be done for the day, they get mad at me!

    Katy C - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher - Member Since December 2014
  • Fun/ Quirky/ Different
    Mar 22, 2016

    This ain't your Momma's math curriculum! Fred has you on his wild adventure, and you never know where it is headed. Two things you do know is that it will be fun, and it will be a learning experience. Outside the box type of learning! My 2nd grader loves it!

    Lindsay J - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since August 2015
  • Love It!
    Mar 19, 2016

    My 9 yr. old loves these stories and has gained an immeasurable understanding of math concepts. Life of Fred makes math fun! Wish these had been around when I was learning math!

    Cindy M - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2016
  • So far, so good!
    Mar 18, 2016

    I purchased the complete math series for my 5 year and 7 year old. They both are enjoying them so far. I love that they are hard backed and will last.

    Lucy D - Homeschooler, Parent, Super-hero - Member Since January 2016
  • only problem
    Mar 18, 2016

    The only problem I have with Life of Fred is that it took me so long to discover this awesome math program. I have 5 kids , 3 olders and 2 youngers, if I would of know about this program with my now high schoolers when they were in 1st grade, we would of saved a ton of tears and years of frustration. Love Life of Fred

    Desi L - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since June 2015
  • Math is Fun!
    Mar 18, 2016

    My boys were so bored with their math workbooks last year which made school time miserable for all of us. I went out on a limb and decided to try this series and I couldn't be happier with it. My boys are 11 and 8 and they look forward to doing math every day. We're working our way through the entire series. I may decide to supplement here and there in the future, but for now this is working wonderfully for us.

    Jennifer N - Homeschooler - Member Since August 2015
  • Makes Math FUN
    Mar 18, 2016

    My first grader does not enjoy math. I ordered Apples because it came highly recommended from other homeschool moms whose child does not seem to enjoy math. Now he begs me to do math. We ordered Butterflies because Apples was such a success and both books are highly enjoyable! We read Fred during school, at church, during free time and at bedtime. I highly recommend this whole series!

    Miranda N - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since November 2015
  • Life of Fred Elementary Series
    Mar 17, 2016

    We started with Apples in 6th grade. Yes, we went back to the basics in order to pick up Fred's story from the beginning and fill in any gaps. Although my daughter was doing well using another math program, she dreaded math every day. I figured LOF would be all review in the beginning. In terms of basic math, it was. But learning to think algebraically added so much more, in addition to all the extra info we get from the reading. We are already in Goldfish, and still enjoy and learn from the stories and the math.

    Lisa R - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since April 2015
  • Great introduction to math
    Mar 16, 2016

    We're using Apples to introduce our preschooler to math gently. We'll add in Miquon when we finish this book and we will likely continue to use LOF as a supplement for her

    Kristin C - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since June 2015
  • Dr. Schmidt is a genius!
    Mar 10, 2016

    I fell in love with Fred when I bought the Beginning and Advanced Algebra books. I learned Algebra with my children. I'd passed it in high school, but I didn't understand it until I worked through LOF with my children. LOF gives kids the tools to unravel math and understand it...not just get through some problems. I purchased the elementary books for my youngest when they became available. Unlike my older two who started with Saxon, he has never complained about doing fact, he asks to do it and sometimes asks to do more than what I have planned. They only think I add is some facts practice throughout the day. I feel that it is as complete as Saxon but with a whole lot less paper.

    Alice N - Homeschooler - Member Since February 2015
  • Making math fun again
    Mar 10, 2016

    Our oldest is very frustrated by math and LOF has helped bring the fun back! It is not intimidating. We use it as a supplement.

    Andrea P - Member Since December 2013
  • My kids love it!
    Mar 09, 2016

    My kids love this series. They find it very entertaining and engaging. I have some reservations about the pace. My Kindergardner is currently using Butterflies. I feel like I need to supplement a little bit with some easy math facts 0-10. My 4th grader started this year with Apples even though it was way too elementary for him. I wanted to see if there were some holes from public school. He has zipped through it. But, again, I feel like I need to supplement with some multiplication flash cards.

    Tammy S - Parent - Member Since September 2015
  • So fun!
    Mar 05, 2016

    LOF makes learning fun and is self-paced in exactly the way we need. The set is great for my first grader who is ahead of the curve and for my 7th grader who is really playing catch up on some skills that were missed in public schools. Educents had the best price and fast shipping. Great deal all around!

    Sarena L - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since February 2016
  • Wonderful
    Mar 04, 2016

    Life of Fred Math makes learning fun. My daughter loves how not only does it teach math but so much more. Great story that keeps my daughter wanting to read more. Very affordable and high quality books.

    Jesica W - Parent - Member Since January 2016
    Mar 04, 2016

    My son has Asperger's and has really struggled with Math. This books have made such a difference. It's made learning fun again!!

    Maranda A - Parent - Member Since July 2015
  • Great Set!
    Mar 04, 2016

    This is a wonderful set of books, not only in quality, but in content. I bought these to help one of my kids who loves to read but is not as excited about math. The stories are very engaging and help make math concepts more clear and understandable.

    Angel N - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2016
  • LOVE!
    Mar 03, 2016

    For the first time, met 2 oldest don't drag out 1 small lesson for hours! They are 1-2 grade levels behind their peers because of the constant fighting. Now my oldest has gone through the first 2 books in 2 days, and she is remembering facts we've been working on for YEARS! My other daughter is starting to understand addition and subtraction concepts we've been working on for 3 years! They want to do more lessons! I find them picking it up during their free time! I wish I would have had this when we started math! Love it!!

    Neisha T - Homeschooler - Member Since November 2015
  • Great
    Mar 03, 2016


    Davin K - Super-hero - Member Since February 2016
  • So glad I got this series!
    Mar 02, 2016

    Finally a math curriculum that brings laughter instead of tears! My son is now excited to see what is happening next and wants to do math. And every lesson shows real situations where you would need math...

    Firstname L - Member Since November 2013
  • The ONLY way to learn math!
    Mar 02, 2016

    These books teach math the way it should be taught! Fred is fun and engaging and the books are written in a story-like fashion. Kids hardly know they are learning math. My daughter begged to do lesson after lesson in these books. We flew through them very quickly because she loved them so much.

    Cheryl K - Member Since November 2013
  • Wonderful!
    Mar 01, 2016

    My younger daughter would fight me every time we had to math. Once Fred and his doll Kingie were introduced, everything changed! She LOVES to do math and can't wait to hear what Fred is doing next. She asks to do math and excitedly gets her book. Now my oldest joined in and loves Life of Fred also. Wonderful to have.

    Dora H - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since January 2015
  • Love this product!
    Mar 01, 2016

    I was hesitant to spend the money on this series, so I started with buying Apples on Ebay. My son, with high functioning autism, love d it so much that we finished it in 3 days. That's when I knew we were going to need to get the rest of the books! The books are amazingly well written! As a former classroom teacher, this is the kind of logical thinking that children are missing in their public school education. On the flip side, I know that I'm not alone when I say that you will likely want another math program or supplemental worksheets to practice what you learn. Kids may understand what they are learning, but actually practicing it could use more of your time. I still love this product though! I was shocked to see my 6 year old could understand simple algebra concepts in the first or second book! Highly recommend and love!

    Lauren S - Seller on Educents - Member Since November 2013
  • Absolutely genius!
    Mar 01, 2016

    We love learning this way! Life of Fred is fun and doesn't feel so much like school work. My kids are thoroughly enjoying this series of math books so far! This is a win!

    Amanda W - Homeschooler - Member Since April 2015
  • Fun Family Reading!
    Mar 01, 2016

    Our whole family, especially the preschooler, have adored the Life of Fred Elementary series. We use them as family reading books and spend a whole summer working through the Elementary series. Great early exposure to very difficult concepts!

    Amanda K - Member Since November 2013
  • Fred is our new brother
    Mar 01, 2016

    I love these books so far. My kids have so much fun reading them and doing the questions. It's wonderful to hear their laughter while they learn. My youngest has claimed him as her new brother even. The only downfall? I've had to break up a few arguments over who gets to go first or how many chapters they get to do before giving him it to the next kid, but I'm not complaining.

    Brandi O - Homeschooler, Parent, Super-hero - Member Since December 2015
  • best thing ever
    Mar 01, 2016

    We LOVE Fred!!!! It has changed how my daughter views math, she actually looks forward to it. She is retaining what she is learning! Our middle child who is 2 even likes to listen to silly Fred. I think it's great for any homeschool or even to do in addition to public school. We will be buying the collection.

    Ashlie P - Super-hero - Member Since August 2015
  • Making Math Fun Again
    Mar 01, 2016

    My oldest daughter in particular was reluctant in math. While we worked on strengthening her math skills she did not enjoy math one bit. Until we found Life of Fred! Wow what a difference! She loves these books and her younger sisters are now going through the series as well. We use the elementary books and love how math comes to life through a story!

    Melissa W - Member Since November 2013
  • Great Stories
    Mar 01, 2016

    This was a great set of books. My daughter enjoyed reading them. There is no "kill and drill". Very enjoyable if you want to change up your math program.

    Shannon A - Member Since November 2013
  • Love them!!
    Mar 01, 2016

    My 9 year old dislikes math, but loves reading. She has whizzed through the complete elementary Life of Fred series, and can't wait for me to order more!

    Kayla G - Parent - Member Since January 2016
  • Wonderful!
    Mar 01, 2016

    We love the Life of Fred series. My daughter loves to read and will go to the Life of Fred books to work through them herself sometimes. They are very enjoyable, and with the way the concepts are presented, you will NEVER get the questions about how/when will I ever use this!

    Heather Y - Parent - Member Since June 2015
  • Love Life of Fred!!
    Mar 01, 2016

    I got the first three books ok Life of Fred (Apples, Butterflies, and Cats) for my daughter who's in kindergarten. We have been taking them slow but if it was up to her we would have been through all three books by now. She asks daily to do "Fred" first and she really enjoys it. Not only is the story cute but she's learning! It's crazy to see how much she has learned in such a short amount of time. We will be buying the rest of the elementary books!

    Erin T - Parent - Member Since August 2015
  • Excellent!
    Mar 01, 2016

    These are so enjoyable by any ages! Older kids can zip through the earlier books while reinforcing what they already know and learning a few extra skills along the way. Younger kids can easily catch on to concepts and are able to apply math to real life situations!

    Candace W - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since July 2015
  • Worth Every Penny!
    Feb 29, 2016

    We finally took the leap and started expanding our LOF library and we couldn't be happier. The kids get so excited when a new Fred book arrives. My daughter was really struggling with math, it was the dreaded subject. Then, we started getting the Fred books. All of a sudden math became fun and exciting. Then, all subjects became more fun because the Fred books do not just cover math, they cover science and English grammar and a bit of history all of it is done with humor. The Fred books are like really good potato chips, you can't have just one!

    Squish S - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since December 2015
  • Life and sanity saver
    Feb 29, 2016

    My sons fought math in the worst way. I got Apple and butterflies as bed time stories to try and spark some interest. They are far exceeding my expectations and I had to convince my husband to let us get the rest. Even he is seeing an improvement

    Amanda F - Member Since November 2013
  • Continuing the journey
    Feb 27, 2016

    We just purchased more Fred books. We love it. My daughter told me the other day that she never wanted to get rid of the books. She said that someday she will teach her kids using them. How great is that? :-)

    RENEE B - Homeschooler, Teacher - Member Since February 2015
  • Thankful for Life of Fred
    Feb 27, 2016

    I am so excited to write a review for Life of Fred! We had decided to unschool this year,following advice from my son's auditory and vision therapists. After a few months all was well except math.I felt like we were completely in a rut. I came across Life of Fred elementary series. We decided to try it because my son learns best in story form. Life of Fred has been perfect for us because he needs to do most of his schooling for now in auditory form. The story and short questions at the end work great with with this style of teaching. He's not reading yet so I'm able to read it to him. We picked the option to buy one book at a time so we could see if it was a fit and because financially that was perfect for us. We absolutely love it! My son looks forward to it every day! I am so thankful for this

    Beth E - Parent - Member Since November 2015
  • Necessary for life
    Feb 27, 2016

    Life of Fred is well worth the price. Not only has it taught basic skills, it also emphasizes comprehension (necessary for solving problems) and problem solving skills. In life, not everything is about learning by rote, it gives real life problems.

    Araceli Y - Homeschooler - Member Since November 2015
  • Well worth it
    Feb 27, 2016

    We love Fred and Kingie. Some books we can do a chapter per day from, and some are a bit more difficult and we have to read twice or give a day in between, but I am seeing my kids actually use the information they are learning from Fred in real life - I've never seen that before with any other math program we have tried.

    Jennifer S - Parent - Member Since June 2015
  • We love Fred!
    Feb 26, 2016

    These books have been such a great addition to our Math lessons! We use it as a supplement but it can be a stand alone curriculum on it's own. My kids look forward to reading about Fred and his adventures every day. I love hearing them talk about it. They are each in different grades and they will try to get out what happens next from each other in the story line.

    Alicia D - Homeschooler - Member Since June 2015
  • Fred is awesome!
    Feb 26, 2016

    My son is not a math kid, he tries but it wasn't his thing. Until we found Fred that is. Now he's really understanding what he's doing, not just drilling and killing his love for learning. He wants to do math now!

    Miranda M - Member Since November 2013
  • Love!
    Feb 26, 2016

    Love, love, love, LoF!

    Patricia H - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since June 2015
  • Yes!
    Feb 26, 2016

    How you wish you learned math. Do you own LoF yet? Go buy them ! For your kids! For you! Everyone! Kids - adults will learn something and have fun while they practice their mental math.

    Molly L - Member Since April 2014
  • Life of Fred
    Feb 26, 2016

    My son loves LOF books. We read them together and he is always asking if we could read one more chapter. I am learning right beside him. Fred makes learning Math interesting and fun and my son has become more motivated.

    Firstname L - Member Since November 2013
  • Great books!
    Feb 25, 2016

    My boys (ages 7 & 8) love these books. Even my beginning reader, (age 5) loves them. I actually bribe my kids to clean by giving them another one of these books. :-) They're informative, with lots of random math information, like who Archimedes was, with memorable stories so the facts stick. Thank you for such great books!

    Michelle D - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2016
  • We love it!
    Feb 25, 2016

    We got Life of Fred to supplement our regular math. She hated math, and now she loves to read about Fred. It's our favorite part of math. My 10 year old asks for it daily and loves it. I appreciate how there are so many other topics introduced within the story, not just math. And it's very cleverly written and easy to understand. We plan on staying with Fred until the end!

    Amy B - Parent - Member Since March 2015
  • Amazing
    Feb 25, 2016

    The Life of Fred math book has now become my boys' favorite subject! We love it!

    JAMIE G - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since January 2016
  • My daughter LOVES this!
    Feb 22, 2016

    Our 9 almost 10 year old daughter loves this so much she is reading and reading and reading, and of course writing and writing and writing... LOVING this!

    Seana H - Homeschooler - Member Since February 2016
  • Entertaining and educational!
    Feb 21, 2016

    My elementary children find Fred hilarious and many times we are all laughing out loud at his antics. The math comes easily during the stories as well as at the end of each chapter. My daughter was struggling understanding time and because of Fred she has mastered it without any struggle. Thanks Fred!! We will definitely continue for many years to come!

    Candace K - Member Since October 2014
  • Awesome
    Feb 19, 2016

    My kids love Fred. They can't wait til we open the book again.

    Loretta G - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2016
  • Fun and engaging
    Feb 17, 2016

    My children and I love Life of Fred. It brings math to life in a fun way. We all wonder what kind of situations Fred and Kingie will get into next.

    Amy A - Homeschooler - Member Since February 2015
  • Makes Math Fun
    Feb 17, 2016

    It's been hard to find something that gets my kids excited about math, but Life of Fred has been a winner. I started reading a chapter of Apples every day with my kindergartner and second grader, and it's been great for both of them. My kindergartner is learning new concepts, while my second grader is getting a solid review plus some new information. I love how it covers math in such a playful, problem-based way.

    Cynthia R - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since October 2015
  • The Best!
    Feb 14, 2016

    My kids have struggled with math concepts but are pro's at reading. Life of Fred uses a reading approach to teach children math and my children are picking up on things quickly, often doing 2-3 lessons in one day. I couldn't be more pleased.

    Amanda L - Member Since August 2014
  • Mathematically Creative!
    Feb 14, 2016

    My 9 year old is struggling with math, she is in the 3rd grade but at 1st grade level. We have tried hands on math, 2 different workbook styles with lots of drill and an on-line math program. My daughter LOVES doing Life of Fred Math and is understanding it!! We still use a workbook and lessons on-line for extra practice, but the Life of Fred is the one we sit down and work on together. She loves the stories and is able to answer the questions with an understanding of what she is being asked to do. We were able to move through the first two books fairly quickly, but we are now beginning to slow down. This is a great product for kids who struggle with concrete or traditional learning.

    Jodi S - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2016
  • My 4 love Fred!
    Feb 13, 2016

    My 4, ages 7-16, love Fred. We can all sit together and read and they beg for more!

    Julia R - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since July 2015
  • Love :)
    Feb 13, 2016

    We have been searching for a math program, and have tried MANY, but they've all been a struggle! This has been the first one that my son actually likes, understands, and doesn't get frustrated! Thank you ;)

    Natalie T - Member Since August 2014
  • Incredible!
    Feb 08, 2016

    My 8 year old struggled with Singapore math and many days ended in frustration, tears, and a statement of "when will I ever use this"...ugh what was a mom to do! I surrendered to LOF reluctantly because I never thought something so simple could be of real academic quality. Forgive me LOF for my doubts....just mid way through Apples: no fighting, concepts understood AND put into practice!!! Already has learned intro to algebra, intro to negative numbers and temperatures, and has improved in Spelling (is dyslexic). All Singapore focused on was adding...after 2 years in. He has begged me to never return to Singapore and I do not see why we should so I purchased entire LOF Elementry Series.

    Valerie E - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since January 2016
  • Amazing...
    Feb 07, 2016

    I read lots of blogs about these Life of Fred books, and I discussed with my hubs, and we decided to give it a go! We could not be more impressed. Our 8yr old is a math whiz, but he hates the way he learns math (previously in public school) and so when we began homeschooling this winter we have been looking for a way to help him enjoy the Math that he is so good at. Life of Fred has done that. He begs to read these books, while starting with Apples is very easy Math for him, he is learning other math skills he hasn't really touched yet while getting to know Fred. He is so excited and wants to do Math everyday! Love this! We do supplement with Khan Academy, and now when he does that he doesn't complain. ;)

    Joanne P - Homeschooler - Member Since November 2015
  • My kids, ages 8 and 6, LOVE LoF!
    Feb 06, 2016

    My daughter is 8, and is in 4th grade. She loves math and she loves reading, and I feel that Life of Fred really plays into both of these.
    My son is 6, and is in 2nd grade. He is much more hesitant as far as math goes, and really doesn't like anything that is along the lines of "sit down and do this lesson and worksheet" type stuff. But he LOVES Life of Fred! When I say, "Hey, lets sit down and do some Life of Fred", he never says no. It really does make math fun and engaging.
    My children are constantly talking about Fred, Kingie, their friends, and their adventures. I wish I would've had this as a kid!

    Amanda M - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since December 2015
  • My daughter is hooked!
    Feb 06, 2016

    We have just begun using the Fred books but my 9 year old daughter is already completely engaged! She begs to keep going after we finish each chapter. I love how so many topics are incorporated into a "math" book. Math is a strong area for her but these books cause her to look at concepts in a different way.

    Erin S - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2016
  • Perfect fit for us!
    Jan 28, 2016

    My 9 year old dreaded doing math. He was frustrated and bored, now he wants to do math first just to see what Fred is doing and I admit to being just as curious!

    Valerie M - Member Since September 2014
  • Math hater to Fred lover!
    Jan 28, 2016

    My 5 year old is a great reader, but hates math. After some painful sessions, we gave Fred a try and will never look back! He always asks to read extra chapters and he doesn't even think of it as math work.

    Tara L - Homeschooler - Member Since August 2015
  • Perfect for engaging reluctant learners!
    Jan 16, 2016

    My 6 year old loves Fred! He's fascinated by these stories and they open up so many dialogues about many other topics too! Excellent books!

    Laura A - Parent - Member Since August 2015
  • Perfect for my reader!
    Jan 14, 2016

    We've tried so many different math programs from Saxon to online mah programs and my 12 yr old was frustrated with the methodology behind these curriculums. But Life of Fred has exploded her understanding, relating it to her where it's practical and doable in real life situations! She's learning all kinds of things and I think not just math...and that's why we love it!

    Jamia E - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since January 2016
  • Perfect fit!
    Jan 07, 2016

    Just the fact that were not sitting here staring at a sheet of Math facts every morning makes my day. My daughter does not have a math brain, but she sat down and read the next three Fred books when they arrived. Even I am learning some things I never learned before in Apples, Butterflies, and Cats! I am a tightwad out of necessity, but I couldn't afford not to get these. I also appreciate the good prices here at Educents!

    Kirsten M - Homeschooler - Member Since December 2015
  • Life Saver!
    Jan 01, 2016

    We were using an online "drill and kill" curriculum my 6 year old had grown to HATE. This saved us!

    Julie J - Parent - Member Since October 2015
  • Love them
    Dec 29, 2015

    They are wonderful books and the best part is my children love doing the math!

    Regina J - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since August 2015
  • FUN!
    Dec 18, 2015

    We are almost done with apples and my kids love it! It is really well written and teaches you a lot without you notice it!

    Paula A - Parent - Member Since November 2015
  • No More Crying
    Nov 12, 2015

    For some reason as soon as it was time to learn something new, math became something to fight with and cry about for my daughter. It made me so sad to see school become anything but fun for her when she used to love it! Along came Fred. I love the idea of it and am crossing my fingers it will do the job, but all that aside, my daughter LOVES it. LOVES! She asks me if we can do several chapters in a day. I am having my son listen to it too, although he still loves his Saxon, and my older daughter has been asking to go through the older books. Fred has definitely helped bring my homeschool back to life.

    Lisa R - Member Since January 2014
  • Awesome Math Books
    Nov 06, 2015

    My daughter has been struggling with some math concepts. She doesn't like to do math and would be frustrated if she doesn't know how to get the answers. She is good with Math facts but not with problem solving. But Fred of Life changes her way to see Math. She likes the story telling approach mixing with math problems. It's very fun to read too!

    Koyan K - Homeschooler - Member Since October 2015
  • Fun!!!
    Nov 04, 2015

    My children have never begged to do math before! We have almost finished Apples. They are in 3rd and 4th grade, so it's pretty simple right now, but it is helping them find a love of math. Fred helps us see things in a different way. I love that higher math principles are introduced in a way that the children can understand them, but that they don't have to show their knowledge of it. They are meant to be read through one chapter at a time, a few questions answered at the end of each chapter, and then Fred's answers are given on the next page. They children love it. We get through a chapter in around 5 minutes! The books are not meant to be written in so they can be used for other children or sold when you are finished! I am enjoying the Life of Fred, even for me!

    Becky H - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since September 2015
  • Math is now something to look forward to!
    Oct 24, 2015

    We've used so many popular math curriculums. The kids were learning, but we were all having trouble staying motivated and there have been tears from everyone involved. Life of Fred has brought a needed change in the way we feel about math. My children are requesting lessons for fun and I am excited to teach with these books. The curriculum is very straightforward and thorough. LOF is a self paced curriculum, not Common Core. While we have some written work, it's very minimal. No more work sheets! I have needed to provide a little practice in order to help them retain some of the concepts but I'm enjoying the flexibility we have. I can play games with them and fine tune individual trouble spots and they're motivated to do it so they can move on to the next book. They really want to master this subject! Fred is helping my children notice math in their own lives and embrace a love of problem solving like I've never seen before. As a parent, I finally feel relieved and happy about a math curriculum. If I had known what a great fit this is for our family, I would have bought these books years ago for my older children who are still struggling and unhappy with math. I'm definitely buying the upper levels so all of my children can have a better experience.

    Laura W - Homeschooler - Member Since October 2015
  • Fun way to learn math
    Oct 14, 2015

    My son absolutely loves Fred and Kingie and finds the stories hilarious. He has very easily and gently been learning math concepts and enjoying the process.

    The series has very little practice, just a couple of questions at the end of each chapter and sometimes those questions aren't even math related so we usually supplement with math games which also helps us space out the work because if my son had his way he would read an entire book in one sitting.

    Jessica F - Member Since July 2014
  • Math Gaps Are Like Potholes - Frustrating And Costly!
    Oct 08, 2015

    We became a homeschool family in 2013, when our 4th grade son, who had always excelled in school, especially math, failed ( 58% was his grade ). No warning. No calls within that 9 month period. Just a report card that was hideous. He wasn't doing his work in class nor was he bringing home any completed papers, or even homework. Why? He was ashamed and scared. He wanted to do well, but he didn't understand the work, and it was made worse by teachers and a school system that saw this as "his" problem, and ignored it. I withdrew him from school the next day. Our homeschool journey began.

    It's now 2015, and my now 12yr old son is, by usual standards, a 7th grader. While he has flourished in all other subjects, he still struggles with math. We've spent a small fortune on every math curricula on the market. He had become convinced that he would never do well in math, and I was convinced I had failed him as a mother. Enter "Fred".

    I had heard moms of younger children talk about Life Of Fred, and read rave reviews, so I decided to do some research myself - 3 months worth!! We decided to try it, and I chose to start him with "Honey". It was in the second chapter of Fred's delightful, and engaging story of his everyday life, that my son ask me, "What's a cardinal number and a whole number?" What??? "You don't know what those are?" I ask him. That's 2nd and 3rd grade knowledge. How is it my son did not know this?? I hunted down his old workbooks he had brought home from school those years - both still filled with half their pages never done. The info was there, but - it had been skimmed over, and never actually taught. Whole sections of these workbooks were never used. AH HA!!! My child, and no doubt countless others, had fallen into a huge gap, void of vital information!!

    Ok. Problem identified. Now what? My gosh, he's 12yrs old, we can't start all over, it will humiliate and destroy him right?? WRONG!!

    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, 4-6 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. I know my son will move quickly through most of them, but he will be learning so much more than just dull answers to boring math questions. Potholes that have plagued him for years, will now be filled in, while different areas of learning will be added and expanded. It's a win - win for him!! He loves reading of Fred's adventures - so much so, that he completed "Honey" in just 2 days - even with gaps in some areas!! I by the end of this school year, he will be at an age appropriate level that's right for him.

    I see a light shining bright from within my son that was almost extinguished completely. As he watched me place the order for the complete elementary set of Life Of Fred, I said " I'm can't wait to see how Fred starts, and I want to see how it ends too, so be ready to order more!" I smiled and assured him that not only would Fred be part of his learning as long as he desired, but that Fred would be gift wrapped for Christmas presents this year for his niece and nephew, my 2 grandchildren. No more costly potholes for this family!!

    Janet C - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since August 2015
  • Terrific
    Oct 08, 2015

    This is a great product that my kids love to do. I have many many math books and products attempting to get them to enjoy, or at least not fight me to accomplish, math. Life of Fred is the best I have found.

    Jennifer P - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since August 2015
  • Worth Every Penny/Dollar Spent On It
    Oct 05, 2015

    This is by far the best Math curriculum and easiest to teach or read. At first my kids were dreading it. But now, they want to keep reading. We are on the third book (Cats) and they don't want to stop for the day. We do not add anything to our lessons. If we get to a point where they don't understand it, we will find a supplement for that lesson, but we're not at that point yet. I'm super happy that my kids are enjoying Math now. This was worth every penny I spent on it.

    Sandra S - Member Since August 2014
  • Completely transforms relationship with math
    Sep 14, 2015

    The books arrived this week, and my elder son (age 8 1/2) has already devoured Book One and incorporated its teachings in his daily experiences! He is a voracious reader, thus far disliking even the most engaging math books, so this series is perfect for him.

    The books teach how to think not just what to think or memorize. They teach creative processing and problem solving, allowing for and promoting personalized ideas.

    The stories are engaging and funny to children (and adults) and teach math concepts, history, art, astronomy, and other facets in a way that connects up to our lives rather than as abstract concepts.

    I am thrilled we discovered this series and feel it is completely worth the investment.

    Aliena G - Homeschooler - Member Since September 2015
  • Why is math needed?
    Sep 13, 2015

    My child was always asking why he needed to learn math. He does not like math and get easily frustrated. Teaching him was a chore and worse he was not learning. Fred makes it so much easier to match the math to actual life events that he can relate to.
    This has transformed my lessons. He is starting to learn, does not dread the math lesson, and our time together is so much more enjoyable. Fred has made saved our relationship and he may actually learn to appreciate math.

    Dave E - Member Since November 2013
  • Perfect for us!
    Sep 10, 2015

    My youngest has had a hard time with math and after reading so many positive reviews on Life of Fred, we decided to try it for ourselves. It has truly changed the way math is viewed. My daughter doesn't get upset or overwhelmed anymore.

    Every morning she gets up and asks to do math and see what the next adventure is going to be. She keeps saying to me that she never thought math could be so much fun.

    If you're undecided on whether you should buy Life of Fred, go ahead and buy it. You will not be disappointed!!!

    Deanna K - Member Since November 2013
  • Now I believe the reviews...
    Aug 19, 2015

    We were tired and stressed and just plain over it in our homeschool journey this past year. My daughter fought me every step of the way, mainly because of math. This is just not her strong suit and no matter how hard I tried, I just could not find the spark. At my wits end, I purchased this product hoping that it would engage her in a way that other programs had not. I wanted her to see that math can be enjoyable and is used in so many interesting ways. After reading the description I thought it may be a good fit for our family and that maybe the diverting stories would also be a good way to relax her and not make her feel so pressured to perform. We read Apples for the first time yesterday and this morning she begged me to "read the Math Story again! I want to do that!" I dusted my chin off after it fell to the floor and wished silently to myself that I had known about this wonderful book series sooner. If you are on the fence and unsure if you will see a return on your investment - I encourage you to at least buy one to try. You will be so glad you did!

    Andrea M - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since June 2015
  • Great fit for this family
    Aug 11, 2015

    As a homeschool mom "teacher" I was satisfied with the math program we'd always used, but it got pricey, especially with my oldest getting into higher levels and more kids coming up needing more new workbooks with each level. And from the children's' perspective, math was to be endured, unlike our other "interesting" subjects.

    We ordered one Life of Fred book to give it a try and everyone was entertained AND doing math - at once! We ordered elementary and middle school levels for the coming term at an excellent price. My oldest enjoyed reading right through the earliest level books just to laugh at Fred!

    I was looking for a less expensive but very good math option and I found it with the unexpected bonus of fun and well-rounded teaching. It fits beautifully with our "Life is learning" homeschool ideal, as Fred is constantly using not only math but EVERY subject throughout his day, as needed, such as Latin phrases, famous historical figures, literary references...the list goes on.

    For fluent readers this is a great way to learn "reading to learn" - self-teaching - which we want for all our children. They can also cover the material at their own pace.

    There may be more than one approach for various learning (or teaching) styles or students who are not yet fluently reading, since they'd miss the significance of the many spelled learning opportunities - one of the great aspects of this series. I read it with my reluctant readers and they still learn and enjoy the math and so much more.

    Every homeschool should give these a try, ideally starting right from the beginning so that math never seems dull. I will definitely be recommending Life of Fred (and Educents) to all of my siblings as they begin homeschooling their own kids. And of course we'll be expecting our grandchildren to learn with Fred!

    Rebecca A - Parent - Member Since July 2015
  • Quite Simply the BEST Math Book I've ever seen/used
    Aug 02, 2015

    This is a great series, and the Elementary books are great. I've used Right Start Math as well as a Math Through Literature program, and my children have liked Life of Fred the best. It is also simpler to preparation is necessary, and a lot of information is passed through the fun story in each chapter. There are just a few questions to be answered at the end of each chapter which my 6 year old had very little trouble with, though they did make her think, and helped her understand what the math symbols mean, even helped with her handwriting, days of the week, etc. I like that Life of Fred helps us understand the concepts solidly without needing to pull out all of the manipulatives.

    I've learned that (my children at least) form some dependence on hands on manipulatives and have trouble switching to the abstract, or just knowing it...and these books have helped with that transition. The best part was that my children ASK to do math with this and will sit down and concentrate on the questions on their own...even getting upset if they are interrupted.

    This set is a good resource. Educents has the best price, by far! If you buy the whole set, you get free shipping too!

    Christian W - Member Since November 2013
  • My kids love this
    Aug 01, 2015

    - Shipping was fast and free
    - Easy to understand math problems WITH context as to why one would have to calculate problems step by step
    - Very kid friendly!

    - My personal bias is the way I learned math was drilling, practicing, and repetition on math problems. This is answers the "why" are we doing this math vs just do this math because it's important.
    - Funny and quirky stories that keep my kids engaged but I also feel this works best by pairing it with similar math lessons outside just this book.

    Anthony P - Parent - Member Since January 2015
  • Changed math for my kids
    Aug 01, 2015

    Math time in our house was dreaded by my kids and myself. It would often result in tears and my son often said "I'm stupid, I can't do it." Now math is their favorite subject! When we have completed their lessons for the day they beg to do more LOF! There are no more tears and no more feeling bad about themselves. It's the best thing that has happened to our homeschool day!

    Heather M - Homeschooler - Member Since April 2015
  • Highly recommended!
    Jul 24, 2015

    My seven year old daughter really loves the Life of Fred I love the approach these books take and as a math teacher, I definitely approve. You should read them in order to make the most sense as it builds on the previous storyline. It's a perfect way to introduce math to your kids because the way these books are written. They create a story to capture our daughter's attention with quirky anecdotes and examples they can find in real life.

    Michi V - Super-hero - Member Since July 2015
  • My lifesaver!
    Jun 23, 2015

    My dd is in love with Fred! We just finished the first book in the elementary series, Apples, and are starting the next one, Butterflies, tomorrow.

    We have tried three different math curricula and all three have produced tears at some point. I was hesitant to try Fred because it didn't seem to me like a "real" math curriculum at first glance. I went ahead and purchased because of the great reviews from other homeschoolers in our area. I was desperate for something my daughter would be able to understand without tears and frustration. She proceeded to finish the book within a few days and never once balked about it! She even kept **begging** me to let her finish "just one more chapter!" and chattered for days about the silly things Fred did or said. Fred has saved our homeschool life.

    Samantha F - Super-hero - Member Since June 2015
  • Life of Fred is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
    Jun 07, 2015

    Our family loves Fred! I literally can't pull these books away from my kids. That sounds crazy, since they are math books, but they are so fun and relatable to the real world. No more crying through math...all I hear is giggles and laughter. I am so happy we found the Life of Fred Elementary Math series. We're going to be trying all of the LOF books soon and will absolutely be ordering them from Educents. The customer service was great and the price can't be beat!

    Christian W - Member Since November 2013

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The Life of Fred contains fun stories about a child prodigy math genius your students can follow along as he gives real-world examples of everything from math to language arts. In the Life of Fred Elementary Math Series, your students will learn everything from telling time, division, beginning algebra, and more!


You can purchase one book at a time or the entire set at a discounted price! Order more as their skills progress such as the Life of Fred Intermediate Series that incorporate biology, physics, and economics using pre-algebra formulas.


The stories carry on through the exercises, and many of the books have a series of quizzes that bridge them to the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions.

Written by Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt, these affordable books were designed to keep your students engaged in math while also following along a storyline. Perfect for independent study, each unit teaches concepts that can be applied using real-world examples. Find out more by reading this blog post!


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