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Life of Fred Elementary Math Book Series
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Life of Fred - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt
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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


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)

Kindergarten material: algebra, geometry, telling time, days of the week, colors of the rainbow, the “There Are Zero . . .” Game, & more!


Life of Fred: Butterflies (view sample text)

Kindergarten material: time, geometry, specific numbers, types of numbers, facts about butterflies, lie vs. lay, & more!


Life of Fred: Cats (view sample text)

First Grade material: quarters, numbers vs. numerals, counting by three's, prime numbers, four basic emotions, adjectives and verbs, & more!


Life of Fred: Dogs (view sample text)

First Grade material: specific numbers, addition, patterns, fractions, ATM cards, idioms, the chemical elements & more!


Life of Fred: Edgewood (view sample text)

Second Grade material: parellel lines, right angles, functions, quarter of an hour, half dozen, six examples of functions, math poems, the four kinds of sentences, firearm satefy & more!


Life of Fred: Farming (view sample text)

Second Grade material: median average, percents, borrowing one in subtraction, definintion of function, proof that every number is interesting, dollar denominations & more!


Life of Fred: Goldfish (view sample text)

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 sample text)

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 sample text)

Fourth Grade materials: stationary vs stationery, hyperbole, bar graphs, ordered pais, plotting points on a graph, slope, irony, area, liberty vs freedom, less than (<), greater than (>), & more!


Life of Fred: Jelly Beans (view 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!


Who is it for?

  • Life of Fred 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
  • Apply math to real-life situations
  • Incorporate important language and games to make math lessons fun!


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Hello - I want to buy 15-20 copies of your Apples series as a gift to my friends - is there any discount on bulk purchase?
Asked by a Parent on February 10th, 2017
how long to complete each book
Asked by a Homeschooler and Parent on February 9th, 2017
Question: In my cart, the book title is not displayed. Is the entire set $15.49 or each book?
Asked by a Super-hero on December 3rd, 2016 (Edited)

Each book is $15.49.

Answered by Life of Fred - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt on December 5th, 2016 (Edited)
I have an 11 year old girl who has been public schooled but has not retained much at all. She is very bright and artistic, and has a good sense of numbers....its the math that stumps her. She seems stuck in basic addition. Can not tell time correctly, and she is concerned about her ability to count money. and I asked her to subtract tonight, and she said she forgot how. We are able to home school now. Can you tell me which book (s) to start with?
Asked by a Parent and Super-hero on November 12th, 2016 (Edited)

Life of Fred books are not as linear as the typical "drill and kill" approach. Where you start may depend on your student's needs. Please click on the Sample link next to each book to see examples.

Answered by Life of Fred - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt on November 15th, 2016
I have a third grader who needs more help with multiplication and division. He is new to this series. Where (what book) should he start?
Asked by a Homeschooler on October 30th, 2016 (Edited)

We recommend that 3rd grade students start around Goldfish. However, every child is different. Please click on the above sample texts (next to each book name) to make sure that it's appropriate for your student.

Answered by Life of Fred - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt on October 31st, 2016 (Edited)

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  • It's school work with a bit of humor.
    Feb 09, 2017

    I have 3 children ages 9, 10, and 11 who I bought this for. The box arrived and they were kind of dissapointed it was school books. We read the first three chapters of "Apples". It was NOT at all a math book, at least not what we think a math book should be. They all laughed afterwords when it showed 3+4=7. Because it was a cute story that ended with a simple math problem that they all knew already. They enjoyed the story and I found my 11 year old picking up one of the other books and reading it. I like the simplicity in the books and how it goes through different subjects that my children NEED to know, like days of the week and the calendar months. Along with history and things about math that weren't taught in my math class.

    Amy F - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2017
  • Loving them!
    Feb 08, 2017

    My 5 and 7 year old boys are loving the stories and think Fred is hilarious! Definitely glad we purchased them. We only purchased the 1st three at first, but ordered the remaining ones through 2nd grade after we got into the 1st book, Apples. I have a feeling we'll be flying through math this year! Thank you!!!

    Elise B - Member Since November 2013
  • 7 year old son LOVES them!
    Feb 08, 2017

    My son loves to read and he really likes math. He read the first book in two days and started the second one. The next day I saw he used his sisters bathtub crayons to draw the characters on the bathtub walls. I love how they incorporate so many facts and other subjects into the books. The book taught him the word deciduous. I don't know any other first graders that use that word. These books are great! We will definitely use the whole series.

    Amber S - Homeschooler - Member Since January 2017
  • it's ok
    Feb 05, 2017

    I think my kids aren't really into the artwork for some reason. i'll update the review if I can get them more interested.

    LILI Y - Member Since January 2017
  • Works well and is funny
    Feb 01, 2017

    My son has never liked reading or math but recently, he has started enjoying reading funny stories. He is in the 6th grade but is working on 3rd grade math. We started with Apples and are planning on working through all of the books. He can't wait to get to Calculus :) He gets up in the morning and reads his chapter without having to be asked and writes out the answers to the questions. He also asked when he "got" to start the Life of Fred Language Arts :)

    Tabitha R - Homeschooler - Member Since November 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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