Tell me about Life of Fred
Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:47 PM
How does it work?
And anything else you can tell me about it.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:41 PM
d out and the student then solves it. Usually there are bridges at the end of chapters. Several sets of problems think chapter test. You do each bridge until you get 9 out of 10 right then go to next unit. We do all bridges for practice.
I hope this helps. We have only done fractions and above but they love them!
Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:45 PM
My son he gets very upset when he does not automatically understand how to do it right the first time. He does not like not getting nine out of ten for instance on that first test. That said, until we get to a bridge he happily does the math.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:51 PM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:15 PM
Fred uses math in his everyday life. So when your kids ask, "When will I ever use this math???" Fred can answer them.
We have friends that use it as their sole math program, and their kids love it.
I think most people use it as a supplement to traditional math, or as a reward (because the stories are so silly). It is recommended (on the website? somewhere?) that your kids know all of their basic math facts before starting the series.
I haven't decided yet if we will purchase the series or not. I'm trying to talk the local library into purchasing the series. I emailed the library's homeschool liason and dropped off the book and a message with her coworker today.
There is religious content in the book, usually as a detail; not as "the moral of the story." I don't know if that bothers you or not. I am not sure how much it bothers me. There are discussions on freethinker homeschooling sites that outline how much it bothers (or doesn't bother) that population.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:42 PM
If you like using living books, this would be a good addition to your curriculum.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:17 PM
Most use it as a supplement in the early grades. For kids who click with it, it can really, really lead them to love math. If your kid doesn't click with it/ask to do it, I wouldn't bother.
Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:28 PM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:50 AM
Goldfish (different ages). We are getting ready to order Kidney, Liver, and Mineshaft.
We take them with us on trips and on days we will be waiting in the car (music lessons, etc.). I read the chapter aloud to them, then they answer the questions at the end of the chapter.
I love hearing the squeals of delight when I say, "Get your Life of Fred!"
I like how the author introduces math concepts (and other subjects) at this age even though they won't be studying it for a long time. He familiarizes the student with a wide range of concepts. He makes statements like, "You will study this in Life of Fred: Calculus," then touches on the topic in his fun story.
There are quite a few typographical errors in the books, which can be frustrating, but the positives far outweigh this negative (for me). Hopefully he will make the corrections soon.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:07 AM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:26 AM