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Life of Fred - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt
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Life of Fred Intermediate math is a series of books filled with fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy genius that calls for solving problems through a series of stories and math worksheets. Children are excited to read about his adventures and follow along.

At the end of each unit, a series of quizzes called Bridges ensures the student is ready for the next chapter. Give your homeschool math students or 3rd-7th grade level kids an alternative from the drill and kill style of learning with these Life of Fred Elementary math books.

For more fun-filled books on your favorite character, visit the Life of Fred page! 

New to Life of Fred books? Here's everything you need to know: Change the Way Kids Learn Math – Use the Life of Fred Books

This product is shipped via Media Mail. The average shipping time is 7-10 days.
Product Description


Who is it for?

  • Life of Fred fans

  • 3rd to 7th grade learners

  • Homeschoolers

  • Math enthusiasts  


What is included?

  • Choose one, two, or all three titles: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft

  • Hardbound textbooks

Kidneys includes: Three Keys to Success, Charles Demuth’s “I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold,” Milliliters, Teachers’ Salaries, How to Carry Money on the Street, Writing Numerals in Checks ($4000 and Not $40.00), Idioms, & more!

Liver includes: What to Pack for Camp, 1/4 + 1/4 +1/4 = 3/4, Why Blowing Your Nose and Wiping Your Eyes Is Not Commutative, I.e., E.g., Viz., Elapsed Time, the Two Rules of Survival, Passing the Sat Exam, Metaphors, & more!

Mineshaft includes: Milligrams and Pounds, Rounding Numbers; a Trillion Pounds of Rice to Cuba; the Number of Stars in a Typical Galaxy; Three-eights of 19,416; What to Do with Eleven Hours of Free Time Each Day, & more!

Why buy?

  • Stock up on Life of Fred books

  • Apply math to real-life situations

  • Incorporate important language and games to make math lessons fun!

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Is mineshaft appropriate for a gifted, going into 5th grader(did 5th grade math this year in 4th)?

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

5th Graders and some 6th graders should start with the Intermediate Series (Kidneys, Liver, and Mineshaft) before beginning Fractions. Some 5th and 6th graders would benefit from completing the last two books of the Elementary Series as well.

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

I have a child going into Saxon 5/6 math. Would this be good to keep his math facts fresh over the summer? How long does a typical student take to complete one book? Which book would you start a fifth grader on?

Asked by a Homeschooler on June 2nd, 2016 (Edited)

5th Graders and some 6th graders should start with the Intermediate Series (Kidneys, Liver, and Mineshaft) before beginning Fractions. Some 5th and 6th graders would benefit from completing the last two books of the Elementary Series as well. While each child is different, many students complete a book in about 1-2 months.

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

I would like to buy these for our 8 years old, which one should we get first? Plus, do you have something for our 3 years old?

Asked by a Homeschooler on May 25th, 2016 (Edited)

These books are in alphabetical order, so you probably want to start with Kidneys.

We don't have any Life of Fred books for toddlers, but Life of Fred Elementary starts at kindergarten:

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

Hi. I am teaching my 4 children this next year in grades 1, 4, 8, and 10.5. Do you consider Life of Fred to have a complete curriculum for my children since you incorporate more than just math in your books or do you suggest we use other things for History, Writing and Grammar, Science, Spelling, and Reading or Literature? Thanks for your help.

Asked by a Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, and Super-hero on May 5th, 2016 (Edited)

Many customers do use Life of Fred as a complete Math curriculum and some even use it for Language Arts, but ultimately it depends on each child. It does not actually cover History, Science, or Language Arts concepts in detail.

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

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  • Great books!
    Jul 14, 2016

    This is a fun set for math learning!

    Kelly C - Homeschooler - Member Since June 2016
  • Love LOF
    Jun 16, 2016

    Easy way to teach a child math. We are not quite into the intermediate, my children are liking the elementary series. We couldn't pass up on a sale deal.

    Rosalie L - Homeschooler - Member Since December 2015
  • Amazing Books!
    May 17, 2016

    We are using these to help the littles gain math fact mastery. They live this series! My oldest, a high schooler, uses it to supplement Saxon when he gets stuck. What a time saver!

    Mindy D - Parent - Member Since October 2015
  • Finally!!!
    May 02, 2016

    As a homeschool mom of four children I have struggled finding a math curriculum that we really liked. Math has not been the "favorite subject" and I was so afraid that we would get behind. I was so excited whe I came across the Life of Fred series. Especially for my oldest daughter who loves to read. She just started the intermediate series last week and she loves it! I couldn't be more happy right now! Thank you Life of Fred!

    Amanda M - Member Since April 2014
  • My kids love LoF!
    Apr 20, 2016

    While we aren't quite to the intermediate math series yet, my kids love the elementary books, and I couldn't pass on the chance to get a good deal on the later ones! This series is wonderful, and they shipped very quickly and were packaged very well.

    Stacie S - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since December 2015

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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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