Life of Fred
The Life of Fred Series is a fictional narrative that follows a kid named Fred while introducing students to essential life concepts. Kids won't put these books down! Since the series covers concepts from elementary school all the way to college, you really can spend a lifetime with Fred.
"Life of Fred" is quickly becoming a buzzword in the educational world. If your child has ever struggled with understanding math concepts or reading, Fred is ready to jump in and help your student! Life of Fred is like no other math program out there. It's a story that begins with simple math and continues all the way through college math. It also includes every other subject including science, history, geography, and more. Each book contains short, 4- to 6-page chapters and is usually less than 20 chapters per book. This makes it possible for each child to go at a pace comfortable for them.
Elementary Math | Intermediate Math | College Prep Math | College Math | Language Arts | Beginning Readers | Other Books | Dolls
Life of Fred Elementary Math
Cover grade school mathematics, without the stress! Concepts include: time, types of numbers, geometry, measurement, facts about stars, morse code, geography, adjectives & verbs, patterns, functions, sheet music, seven wonders of the world, math poems, percents, numbers vs. numerals, division, slope of a line, graphing, notation, the improper use of seat belts, how to prove you are not a duck, reducing fractions, and more.
Who it's for: Kindergarten to 4th Grade
What People Are Saying:
My homeschooled 2nd grader has been struggling so much with math and it broke my heart because she was convinced she just wasn't good at numbers. So young to give up! After a few months of struggles in other books, we tried Fred and started with Apples. Now we look forward to math everyday. It has completely changed the way she looks at numbers and my 5 yr old loves listening to the stories too. Life of Fred is genius!!! It brings tears to my eyes the difference it has made in helping my daughter to understand that math is everyday life. I had a hard time believing all the amazing reviews, thinking it would "slow us down" to do all this reading. But it really is amazing.
Too good to be true!
I had read a lot of great reviews for these books but had a hard time believing they would be that effective. We borrowed Apples from the library and my boys ages 6 and 10 were sad to see it returned. My 6 year old learned a lot in the first few chapters and my 10 year old was excited about math again! It's fun and easy... so I bought the series. I've never seen my kids so excited to get school books in the mail! Couldn't be happier, I'd recommend them to everyone, especially if your kids are having a hard time with math or not enjoying it. It still amazes me how much they learn in such an easy, short lesson.
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Life of Fred Intermediate Math
In the Intermediate series, students continue doing algebra they learned in the elementary series, but they also learn to identify and build functions, set theory, how to mathematically analyze logic arguments, and arithmetic sequences. Also, each book is filled with teasers about future books: "Name one solution for 3x = 64. There are two other solutions, but you won't be able to name then until you have had the last week of trig." Parents say this keeps their kids asking for more and more!
Who it's for: 4th-8th Graders
What People Are Saying:
Life of Fred has changed the way my kids learn!
I have always known that my son really loves math but my daughter hated it with a passion. ... I almost cried the first time she opened the book. I could immediately tell how much she enjoyed reading about Fred and all the different fun bits and pieces the books include. When she reached the lesson part of the book she was so excited to be able to do the lesson and she even got all the answers right! I have watched her struggle with similar math concepts repeatedly over the years but when she did this lesson she understood it. Maybe it's the wording or maybe it's the fun infused in this book I honestly can't say what exactly it is but my goodness I wanted to scream with joy at the fact that my daughter finally loved math! I am so happy that I decided to give these books a try. They have really changed the way my children learn and I will forever be so grateful for that.
Life of Fred, loving it
This intermediate series is great for my son, he finished 5th grade math with a mastery program, so he has the basics. He never wants to review anything, but with these books, he actually wants more. I feel like the intermediate books are getting him ready for the next level of math that he needs to go to. Educents is the best. I did a lot of comparing of prices before I bought my Life of Fred set, and this was the best deal I could find!
Life of Fred College Prep Math
A complete high school math set! The high school math series includes two years of algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Even though this series doesn't cover calculus, We've heard students exclaim in the middle of class, "I can't wait till I get to Calculus!"" These students become truly interested and excited about what they are learning. Also, This curriculum works well with kids who have attention disorders and serious anxiety problems. They all enjoy this math.
Who it's for: 8th-12th Graders
Titles in this series: Fractions, Zillions of Practice Problems for Fractions, Decimals and Percents, Zillions of Practice Problems Decimals and Percents, Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics, Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology, Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics, Beginning Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Shop Them All!
Life of Fred College Math
The Life of Fred books continue through college math with two years of Calculus, a year of college statistics, and a year of linear algebra. The Life of Fred books put the fun back in math! Many students high school-aged hate math because they were taught math through traditional, drill-and-kill techniques. Sadly, the fun was taken out of learning. With Life of Fred however, the method focuses on enjoying the process of doing math and in return math is learned!
Who it's for: College Students
Life of Fred Language Arts
Learn high school English the fun way! The Language Arts Series covers concepts on spelling, grammar, punctuation and more. The books can be re-read once every year to ensure total comprehension of all the concepts covered. Lessons include the seven parts of speech, punctuation, spelling, similes, silent letters, and much more.
Who it's for: Middle School and High School Students
Life of Fred Beginning Readers
18 books that beginning readers will love to read! Each book is filled with simple, yet colorful images while large text makes it perfect for a beginner reader. Concepts covered include: colors, telling time, how to read a map, counting to 30, wildlife, shapes, and cooking with recipes!
Who it's for: 4- to 8-year-olds
Life of Fred Other Books
Chemistry, Logic, and more! Fred is more than just math.
Life of Fred Dolls
Yes, kids have fallen in love with Fred and his friend Kingie. The perfect extra little gift. Students will love to have a doll to match all the fun stories they're reading!
Why are the Life of Fred books so popular?
The books follow Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius, during his exciting adventures which encounter every day math situations. Children learn math in story like style and can’t put them down! The Life of Fred books were developed by a former high school teacher/college professor, Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt that developed the books originally for his own children.
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.
Readers claim there are four reasons to choose Fred:
- The books are fun, engaging and the children almost don’t realize they are learning!
- The Fred stories are clear and easy to read on your own. Fred books use the self-teaching method. (If your student can't complete a lesson on his/her own, ask your student to contact the author - Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt will respond!!)
- The books are affordable. Prices vary from $5 to $40 per hardcover, illustrated book.
- The lessons are comprehensive. Fred teaches more than math. Every book covers English, science, and real world situations.