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Life of Fred Intro to Algebra Series
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Life of Fred - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt
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If you know your addition and multiplication tables by heart, your next step is to get to know Fred. In the Life of Fred Intro to Algebra Series, you can learn everything you need to know to begin algebra! 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

"My boys really enjoy hearing about the story of Fred’s life. At first it sounded weird, Fred is a 5-year-old math genius, really? It didn’t take long for my boys to get hooked on the Life of Fred books – there’s humor and math woven throughout the story. They always look forward to find out what happens next." -Joelle, Homeschooler. Read Joelle's entire Life of Fred Intro To Algebra review


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Product Description

Who is it for?

  • Life of Fred fans
  • Homeschoolers


What is included?

 Life of Fred: Fractions (sample)

In Fractions, your kids will learn:

Less Than, Billion, Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers, Diameter and Radius, Savings and Expenses, Definition of a Fraction, Sectors, Comparing Fractions, Reducing Fractions, Adding and Subtracting Fractions, Common Denominators, Roman Numerals, Least Common Multiples, Improper Fractions, Lines of Symmetry, Division by Zero, Circumference, Multiplying Mixed Numbers, Commutative Law, Canceling, Definition of a Function, Area, Unit Analysis, Division of Fractions, Geometric Figures, Estimating Answers.

Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents (sample)

In Decimals and Percents, your kids will learn:

Number Systems, Adding and Subtracting Decimals, Multiplying by Ten, Functions and Inverse Functions, Pi, Multiplying Decimals, Whole Numbers, Squaring a Number, Subtracting Mixed Units, Sets and Subsets, Union and Intersection of Sets, Rules of Divisibility, Division of Decimals, Repeating Decimals, Bar Graphs, Prime and Composite Numbers, Consecutive Numbers, the Goldbach Conjecture, Area of a Circle, Dollars vs. Cents, Pie Charts, Conversion between Percents/ Fractions/ Decimals, 40% of 15, 30% off, Distance Equals Rate Times Time, 15% more, Area of a Triangle, Square Roots, Area of a Parallelogram, 13 Is What Percent of 52, Ratio, Ordered Pairs, Graphing, Negative Numbers, Elapsed Time, Probability.


Why buy?

Spend one afternoon and evening with Fred and you will learn:

  • Everything you need to begin algebra
  • Why they no longer play football at KITTENS University
  • Why you should never eat alone at the 5100th Avenue Steak House
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I already have fractions. Is there a way to only buy decimals?

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

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  • Makes Math Fun
    Jul 11, 2016

    My 11 year old was new to homeschooling this year and didn't like the Singapore Math I was using for her sister. So we tried Life of Fred. She loves it! She is able to be much more independent with her math, which makes her enjoy it more. We got about half way through Fractions before she got really stuck and I realized we need to back up and do the intermediate series to fill in some holes where she was missing some skills. So I have ordered the intermediate series and we will work our way back up to Fractions. She is all smiles about Math now!

    My only issue with LoF is that it can be difficult for me to help her when she gets stuck. The math is mixed into the story, so I really have to hunt for the explanation if I need to help her. I think it will be worth the extra effort to continue with this series because she is enjoying it so much. If you, as a teacher, are solid in Math, this won't be an issue for you. For those of us who need a little refresher, it's a challenge but still do-able.

    Laura H - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since December 2015
  • happy
    Apr 25, 2016

    We love Life of Fred! The children love the stories and even mom is learning, too!

    April M - Homeschooler - Member Since March 2016
  • Great
    Apr 25, 2016

    Very happy with purchase

    Melissa T - Member Since April 2016
  • LoF makes intense math fun!
    Apr 11, 2016

    We are just getting into the series and finding it so much fun. The way the author weaves intricate math into everyday life has us all starting to see math in everything around us and looking to find it where we never would before. It is not just math, but some science, history and English grammar is all in these books. Thanks Life of Fred!

    Squish S - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since December 2015
  • He likes Math now!
    Apr 05, 2016

    In his early years my son lives math. When I started him in pre-algebra this year he started saying he hated math and wouldn't want to do it. With Life of Fred he's starting to like math again. I live the short lessons, the stories that captivate, and the relevance to life scenarios. The part that is hard for me is not teaching. I want to teach it, but I am hoping he learns to read and learn it himself. So far so good.

    Kevin R - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since February 2016

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474 Reviews

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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