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#1 ga girl

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 01:14 PM

When you hit a glitch.. we have the answer, but cannot solve it! I am trying to cross reference to Saxon or TT, but cannot find anything that resembles LOF problems. Lof is wonderful because it is so applicable to life. However, if a formula were given for each set of problems (or a title) that would be easier. What do/have you done to work these issues out?

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 01:22 PM

email the author with the problem, we had to do that once if the decimals/fractions book. He gets back to you very quickly, I think you can also call him.:)

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 02:14 PM

Yes, I've heard the author is very accessible. Whenever dd hits a snag I suggest that she can call or email (and I'll help her frame the question).

So far, though, either she's been able to figure it out herself after taking a break, or else dh or I have helped.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 04:24 PM

When my dd misses a problem, I have her re-work it first, to see if she really does know how to do it (I don't let her look at her incorrect working; she just gets to start from scratch). Most times she can find where she went wrong and we move on.

But, there was one time she just couldn't figure out her mistake (and she swore she was right but the answer key was wrong), so I had her email the author, tell him what problem she was doing and how she came up with her answer and could he please tell her what/where she was going wrong.

He sent her a link to an errata sheet.......she was right all along! The answer key *was* wrong....BUT he likes to have the kids come to him with all their questions. He's not only the author but the teacher as well. And dd felt so reassured after his email confirming that her thought processes were right-on.

And, we only use LoF as a supplement to TT. But, he's still there for us and we really, really appreciate it.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:23 PM

When my dd misses a problem, I have her re-work it first, to see if she really does know how to do it (I don't let her look at her incorrect working; she just gets to start from scratch). Most times she can find where she went wrong and we move on.

But, there was one time she just couldn't figure out her mistake (and she swore she was right but the answer key was wrong), so I had her email the author, tell him what problem she was doing and how she came up with her answer and could he please tell her what/where she was going wrong.

He sent her a link to an errata sheet.......she was right all along! The answer key *was* wrong....BUT he likes to have the kids come to him with all their questions. He's not only the author but the teacher as well. And dd felt so reassured after his email confirming that her thought processes were right-on.

And, we only use LoF as a supplement to TT. But, he's still there for us and we really, really appreciate it.


So now my dd keeps pestering me: "Did she say which problem it was?" "Was it in Algebra 1?"

Oh no -- the uncertainty!


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Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:30 PM

Ds is working through LoF Algebra right now. He's about 2/3 finished. If you want to post the question here or email me, I'll try to help.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:12 PM

So now my dd keeps pestering me: "Did she say which problem it was?" "Was it in Algebra 1?"

Oh no -- the uncertainty!


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Opps! No, sorry. Dd started in the Adv. Algebra book since she had already done TT algebra 1 and 2. She was doing the LoF to keep up her algebra skills while doing geometry......and in the process fell in love with Fred :001_smile:

Just email to Stan. Or call him. Really.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:23 AM

......and in the process fell in love with Fred :001_smile:


I'm hijacking this thread ;), but last night we were at Bible study, after dinner, and a knife dropped out of something I was carrying and almost hit my foot. My kids CRACKED up - "Mom, watch out! You'll end up like Fred!" (from LoF fractions)

Fred is a big hit here!

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:55 AM

I'm hijacking this thread ;), but last night we were at Bible study, after dinner, and a knife dropped out of something I was carrying and almost hit my foot. My kids CRACKED up - "Mom, watch out! You'll end up like Fred!" (from LoF fractions)

Fred is a big hit here!


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Posted 10 December 2010 - 06:59 AM

This is the best program out there for upper math students. It is great for the literary student and is story based. Fred being the main character. Life of Fred has opened up Algebra and upper math to my students.

It is based on a cycle of telling a story, presenting a problem and then presenting how you solve the problem. It creates a need for the math prior to teaching the skill. I have not heard, "What am I ever going to use this for?" after the basic lesson or concept is taught in the chapter.

The student cycles through different 'citys' - the first will have answers provide to set the goal, the second set gives half the answers and the last set no answers, this being the test set if you will. Brilliant strategy and I often hear my students cheering that they got the right answer and seeing the puzzle to algebra in place of the work. It has also helped with understanding the application of the math to other subjects, Chemistry for one building my new garden for another.

We have used Beginning Algebra and Advanced Algebra and plan to continue. The author is pleasant, approachable, and ready to help. The program is designed not to need parental involvement and to encourage self learning and creates an interest in the subject and others also along the way. The Author has put together both an excellent program and very cost effective. You do not need the homeschool edition but it is very helpful with answers and giving the student a daily goal, although my students often get tied up in the tale and do five lessons at a time.

There are aprox 108 lessons and students as young as 11 can begin algebra without worry once the basic math, including fractions and decimals. is mastered.


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