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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
  • Excited
    Apr 19, 2016

    I was glad to find these books as we are working on a Math project this 9 weeks similar to these books! My kids love them

    Sherry F - Teacher - Member Since November 2015
  • Quick shipping, great service.
    Apr 18, 2016

    Quick shipping, great service. Thanks!

    Katie O - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • The first school book she asks for
    Apr 12, 2016

    This great book series is what my daughter turns to first when I say lets get started.

    Amy G - Member Since November 2013
  • excited
    Apr 11, 2016

    First book I'm trying in the "Life of Fred" series. Excited to see how it will work for us. I like the storyline so far! It shows how math is used in real situations!

    Firstname L - Member Since November 2013
  • Takes the work out of homework!
    Apr 04, 2016

    These books are fun to read-so much so that the kids barely realize that they've learned entire math concepts in the process. Because they are stories, my kids will read them over and over, reinforcing the math concepts and picking up more vocabulary (he throws in excellent words!) and other tidbits along the way. I was hesitant before buying these, thinking that you can't learn an entire mainstream semester of math in a story book, but I was wrong. Math doesn't need to be lectures and drills. It's about understanding how to solve for real world scenarios, and these books teach that perfectly.

    Kristin G - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since March 2016
  • Math is fun again!
    Mar 10, 2016

    We are enjoying LOF and it has made math fun again.

    Andrea P - Member Since December 2013
  • Great Continuation!
    Mar 04, 2016

    I bought the elementary set and wanted to have the next series so my kids can continue the learning. Very helpful, great quality books. Simple yet engaging. Very pleased!

    Angel N - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2016
  • Great after the elementary series
    Mar 02, 2016

    These books are a great recap and extension to the elementary series. They review a lot about what was covered in the elementary books but also teach so much more - so much more math and other things. I'm an engineer, and I must admit that Fred has taught me a thing or 2 that I didn't previously know about math!

    Cheryl K - Member Since November 2013
  • Laughing out Loud!
    Mar 02, 2016

    I have been known to study Fred on my own, to make sure that I am aware of what the kids will be learning. I have been known to laugh out loud on many occasions - more recently with Kidneys. I love that we are learning more than just math! Social studies, history, art, music, science, grammer, foreign language, and not to mention just good old common sense...and I'm just talking about Fred's math books! Love all that we're learning!

    Barbie T - Homeschooler - Member Since February 2015
  • Fun
    Mar 02, 2016

    My son really enjoys the Life of Fred intermediate series. Fun, different, practical applications of math that keep him interested.

    K C - Parent - Member Since December 2014
  • Best way to learn math!
    Mar 01, 2016

    We actually have FUN learning math at our house with Life of Fred!

    Patti M - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since February 2016
  • Perfect
    Feb 26, 2016

    Many years of use. Both my kids do LoF daily

    Patricia H - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since June 2015
  • Fred is so great.....
    Feb 26, 2016

    I wanted to buy LOF for a long time. Once I found Educents, I purchased the elementary series immediately. These were for my 9 yr old son, and he liked it. My older son, 12 yrs old, loved listening to the chapters so much that I decided to buy the Intermediate set for him. They both love them a great deal, and my older son will just do extra math each day if it is with LOF. You will not be disappointed if you buy LOF, but it is important to start with Apples and work your way up no matter where your child is in school.

    Tessa A - Member Since April 2015
  • Started late with Fred…
    Feb 26, 2016

    …but finally took the plunge thanks to the great deals on Educents. Seriously, thanks Educents! I was so hesitant to buy more curriculum. Surely many of you can relate, but I had so many moms try to convince me that these books were worth the investment, that I had to give one a try. Most of these sweet friends were hesitant to lend them out because their kids loved them so much. This is odd for homeschooling moms who usually love to share their curriculum and bend over backwards to lend out even the most expensive books from their collection. Now, I know why. I am not sure if my kids would be willing to lend out a Fred book, even if I were willing to do so.

    Where to start? Well, that is subjective, but I am so glad that we didn't skip straight to our level of math. We started with the first one, then got another. We got hooked. One day, my son and I sat down and read a sample of the Language Arts series. He begged me for them.

    For whatever it is worth, starting at the beginning helped us get a better grasp on Fred's life and his style of teaching. The books became great fun to just read. There is plenty in even the earliest books to interest older kids.

    For example, my kids are now interested in Archimedes. Who was he? Why is the math building named after him? How many 4th/5th graders are interested in Archimedes? I don't know exactly, but those I know that do have read Fred.

    As an added bonus, my kids now jump at the chance to read, frequently requesting a Fred book even if it has already been read. They get something new with each read. Oftentimes surprising me with little interesting facts or nuggets. I'll ask where they learned these things. The answer is most often, "Fred."

    They tote the books with them everywhere just in case they need something to read and not once have they accidentally left a Fred book anywhere. Oh no! The Fred books are too precious to them. Prior to Fred, they'd bring books with them, but only at my urging and often books were left behind.

    Fred books are fun, they are funny and they get kids and adults alike to think.

    It has only taken us a short time to catch up where we need to be level-wise, it has been a fun ride full of laugh-out-loud moments.

    Squish S - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since December 2015
  • Building our Fred collection
    Feb 19, 2016

    Using the elementary books now, had an opportunity through Educents' awesome deals to build our collection & did so, books arrived in excellent condition, looking forward to teaching from them!

    Melissa W - Homeschooler - Member Since August 2015
  • Wonderful! Kidneys and Liver
    Oct 20, 2015

    I was not so sure on these books. I heard a lot of good reviews but after we got them, just skimming through I wasn't sure my 9 year old daughter would like them. I was WRONG! she really likes them! They move at a pace she likes and being one continuous story about Fred's life keeps her interested and entertained. We will be back for more soon. She just finished Kidneys and is now on liver.

    Melisa W - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since October 2015
  • Great addition to the collection we already have...
    Oct 16, 2015

    We are thrilled to have LOF in our homeschool and family. Our children absolutely LOVE LOF and ask to do more chapters each day. Looking forward to what this set brings to our collection. Happy LOF is something we can use for years to come with our younger kiddos.

    Firstname L - Member Since November 2013
  • Kidneys, and Liver, and Mineshaft- Oh My!!
    Oct 12, 2015

    I f you have been with Fred through the elementary set, then you will not want to miss this 3 book Life of Fred intermediate set. If you have NOT met Fred, this would be a great place to get to get started!!

    My son's love of math was squashed when our state system became more concerned with standardized test than with actual education. I pulled him out of the public school system, and began homeschooling.

    We've gone through many math programs since then, but passion never returned. In fact, he had grown to hate it. Math had become something we both dreaded.

    I ordered this set, and all that has changed!! By using these books, we have identified what concepts he was never taught, or just didn't grasp. He told us that he wished he could just start from the beginning with the Life of Fred. My husband and I are expecting that shipment to arrive this week, and will be ordering "Fractions", Decimals, and Pe-Algebra next!

    Janet C - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since August 2015
  • Bought this with Life of Fred Intro to Algebra. Best deal ever!
    Oct 08, 2015

    So I'm pretty sure everyone is going to hate me but I got this because of free shipping last weekend and it came with the Life of Fred intro to Algebra and I have to say that these book follow the same structure. Stories, math example, do math, more stories.

    Liver and Kidneys teach my kids anatomy facts so we're tackling math and science!

    Jacklyn R - Parent - Member Since October 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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