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Life of Fred Pre-Algebra Series
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Life of Fred - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt
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In this three-book Pre-Algebra series, Fred acts as the human face of elementary physics, pre-algebra, and then takes a summer vacation! The series includes Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics, Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology, and Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics.


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

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Product Description

Who is it for?

Life of Fred fans!


Why buy?

Our favorite hero Fred teaches us:

  • How ducks and cows pronounce μ differently
  • Why no one can weigh 55 kilograms
  • How to get rid of snakes in sugar cane fields
  • What it takes to run a shopping mall
  • How to ask for oats in Scotland


What is included?

Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics

What’s the difference between math and physics? Life of Fred Pre-Algebra with Physics answers this question and launches your student into 40 chapters of physics to solve quirky scenarios we encounter everyday. Learn about friction as Fred tries to move a safe across a hallway, calculate the amount of force he needs to move it, the transfer of energy, and more! Fred will make your students want to learn physics with fun stories and math that’s geared to help them progress to more advanced concepts!

Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology

Math with meaning is synonymous with Life of Fred Biology. In this book you will learn algebraic math and apply it to life sciences in various scenarios to solve Fred’s obstacles. Although unorthodox, Life of Fred Pre-Algebra 1 Biology starts the book by acknowledging the need to pull from different subjects and states, “So this is a pre-algebra book… and a biology book. And we will quote six lines of Italian poetry. We will discuss the difference between a metaphor and a simile. Talk about first-aid for fainting. Balancing some chemical equations. Play with a French phrase in the movie Camelot. And in the meantime, you will learn some algebra and a lot of interesting biology.”

Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics

Students will learn improper fractions, interest rates, and the differences between capitalism and communism in economic terms. In Life of Fred Economics, students will learn: domain and codomain of a function, conversion factors, steps in solving word problems, how not to bore your horse if you are a jockey, one-to-one functions, unit analysis, key to a successful business, five qualities that money should have, and so much more!


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Hi, can I purchase these books individually? I would like to buy just the Physics one for now please.

Asked by a Homeschooler on June 5th, 2016 (Edited)

We don't currently have that option, but we may in the future. Check back regularly!

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

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  • Enthusiastic start, still testing the waters
    Jun 21, 2016

    This is our first try with us ing LOF for math. My son is excited to use it and eagerly started the first few chapters, even though he is on summer break.
    I like that there are "bridges" every few chapters to test the reader's understanding. I find the writing style to be dizzying- lots of side notes, interrupted thoughts, and jokes. However, my son- a voracious reader- enjoys it and is entertained and challenged by it.

    Sarah L - Member Since September 2014
  • We LOVE LOF!
    Jun 07, 2016

    I accidentally ordered these too soon, so my kiddos haven't started doing them for math yet, but they read them for fun in their spare time! Life of Fred is one subject I NEVER hear complaints about in our home school-I'm sure these books will be just as good as the previous ones!

    Janet P - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since March 2015
  • Excellent Whole Math Series
    Jun 07, 2016

    My son LOVES these book. He even completes lessons on weekends fun for the entire family. I am learning along with him. Funny stories and great life application.

    Jamie R - Member Since May 2016
  • Absolutely great!
    May 17, 2016

    Even if you only want to add as a reading assignment, these books will keep your attention! As a math curriculum or supplement they are priceless. Wonderful series!

    Mindy D - Parent - Member Since October 2015
  • Great series!
    Apr 11, 2016

    I love how it intertwines other subjects with math!

    Firstname L - Member Since November 2013
  • Intuitive
    Apr 04, 2016

    I like that my child can grade his own work. I like that my child is drawn to the stories and doesn't complain about math anymore, but instead will pick up math before any other subject. He is learning to teach himself.

    Kevin R - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since February 2016
  • A great series!
    Apr 04, 2016

    Every age in our house loves the Fred books, and these are no exception. The books build on each other really well, and I love how they tie in different topics. The math is absorbed almost without being aware of it. My kids read them over and over and treat the practice problems as more of a game than work. They're fun!

    Kristin G - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since March 2016
  • Excellent books!
    Mar 02, 2016

    Dr. Schmidt is great at teaching math, as well as other topics in a fun, engaging manner. These books are not easy. They are as fun as math can get, but they teach your kids what they need to know and most importantly, WHY they need to know it.

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

    Fred is well loved at our house! I'm so grateful to have these books to teach my children with.

    Patti M - Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher, Super-hero - Member Since February 2016
  • Wonderful way to learn Math!
    Feb 26, 2016

    Our son LOVES these books! These are definitely a strong math curriculum for learning pre algebra in a fun way. We will be long term LOF users!

    Sara G - Member Since November 2013
  • Great product
    Feb 26, 2016

    My son will benefit from these. Thank you for another great product.

    Patricia H - Homeschooler, Parent - Member Since June 2015
  • We Love Life OF Fred
    Feb 26, 2016

    We love Life Of Fred...
    My kids are 10 & 8 we started at Apples. We sometimes need to add a Youtube video on what we are learning in the books but they love the story line and its a fun math curriculum that really makes them think outside the box.

    Anna A - Homeschooler, Parent, Super-hero - Member Since January 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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