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  1. Would it fall in the lines of a Singapore, or Rightstart, with conceptual learning? I have heard this mentioned many times on this particular forum and was just curious as what draws so many people into using it.
  2. So I asked a friend, who has been HSing for years, if she has ever heard of LOF and what she thought about it. In her previous life ;) she was a high school math teacher. She has seen many math texts and she is extremely supportive of Saxon. She has never used LOF. The only people that she's heard give positive reviews about LOF are not "mathy" people. My children are not old enough for LOF, but I have my ears open all the time for good math programs to continue after we finish RightStart math. Also, both DH and I are very math minded. So what do you think? Anyone out there who is math minded, uses LOF, and loves it?
  3. I know we just started but everthing is going so well this year. It's great. Except for math for my middle. She's finished the elementary Life of Fred books but isn't ready for Algebra. I thought I could just do some Math Mammoth worksheets while we wait for the LOF pre-algebra book but that was a flop. I emailed Mr. Schmidt to find out how long we might need to "tread water" until we can get back to Fred. So what is everyone else doing in this in-between time??? Heather
  4. My son has been working through Life of Fred: Fractions in the evenings with my husband, who's a high school math teacher. I knew my son was enjoying it, but I didn't realize how much DH was, too, until he came in last night and announced, "Life of Fred is great! All my students should be doing it!" Then he started reading over the website about the upper level books and really getting his math geek on :) "That's a PERFECT way to explain functions!" "Modern geometry--ooh, cool!" etc. So there you have it: both mathy eight year olds and their math-loving fathers wholeheartedly recommend Life of Fred.
  5. I have seen this curriculum discussed here and never gave it a second thought until yesterday. Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to check out the website to see what all the fuss was about. All I can say is WOW!!!!! I'm sold. Now, my question is this...how long does the average student take to work through a chapter? If the decimals book only has 32 chapters does it take most of a school year to complete?? TIA,
  6. I was not able to find this info. on his site and I'm wanting a for sure answer as I make my curric. purchases for the coming year.
  7. Now that we're on to this next stage, I'm finding fewer curricula out there specifically for homeschoolers and even less that's secular. I remember the mind boggling array of products for K-4, but not now. So, I was wondering what were your best and worst picks for secular curricula for the logic stage (in any subject)! Why did you and/or your dc love or hate it? So far, my best pick is Oak Meadow (esp. Science and Social Studies). I like the flexibility and thought-provoking nature of it. I don't have a worst pick for logic stage ... yet.
  8. Holy Cow! Life of Fred is the greatest thing to happen to Math since...well, since I discovered MUS, my math program lo these many homeschooling years. I bent to a whim and decided to spring for LoF Fractions and LoF Decimals. I thought at the very least, it might give me an edge (I am NOT math-intuitive). Perhaps, if I liked it, I thought I might even throw the decimal book into my daughter's schedule on Fridays. She is just about to start MUS Zeta (decimals and percents). But today, I cracked open LoF Decimals and sailed through ten chapters with barely so much as a water break. It is all I ever dreamed of wanting and then some. It is math for the English major! The concept, the execution, the information - I was in heaven absorbing it all. By a strange act of God or serendipity, I discovered today that I was shorted the Zeta Teacher Manual. So, I'm thinking I'm just going to let my daughter start LoF next week. If she "gets" it, we may not even go through the whole of Zeta; we may just use it for practice pages. WOOOOHOOOO! Life of Fred is awesome!
  9. Hello, I just joined last month and I have a question for all you veteran high school hsers, specifically those who use or have used Life of Fred math: HOw well did Fred prepare your child for college entrance tests? Was this a good prepration for AP math tests and/or CLEP? I have a 12yo boy, 10yo boy and a 7yo girl. We are finishing our 4th year of hsing in suburban Chicago. My boys are both finishing up Saxon 7/6, and have done well with it, although the 12yo is convinced that because math does not come easily to him he must be bad at it. They are both exceptionally verbal, and Fred looks like it will be a wonderful change. I am emailing the author with this same question, but I also am looking for reliable, third-party, reviews of this program. Thank you so much! :001_smile: Maria
  10. So the question is 'Could' Life of Fred be used as a full Math programme, or would you consider it to be only a supplement? I'm asking mainly on behalf of my daughter, who struggles with all academics, slightly autistic and is dyslexic. She's currently working through TT Geometry, but it is reaching a point where it is becoming quite frustrating for her. We can probably battle on, but I'm wondering if Life of Fred may not be better for her. But, can we use it as a complete Math programme?
  11. What would you do with this child? She is doing Life of Fred Beginning Algebra in 5th grade. She works independently and does very well with it. Up until this year, she has only done Saxon(through level 7/6), which she does not like. She has completed the LoF decimal and fraction books this year, and she is about halfway through Beg. Alg. Mr. Schmidt (the author) has convinced her that math is her favorite subject and that she should be a math major by pointing out that she will not have to write a lot of papers like an English major or listen to boring lectures as a history major or worry about laboratory accidents as a science major.:001_huh: Prior to LoF, she did not like math at all, although she is truly gifted in this area. I would like to challenge her(possibly with Chalkdust?). Does anyone have experience with LoF and gifted students? Should I just supplement it, or do I even need to do that? Would Chalkdust Alg be a logical jump if we go that route? One more thing, she has decided that she will not like any math other than LoF. She is generally easy-going and does not often draw a "line in the sand", so I am reluctant to push the issue. If we do supplement LoF, what would be some good options? Appreciate any and all advice! Caroline
  12. Has anyone used Life of Fred fractions and decimals after finishing Horizons 6? Our 6th grader rarely makes careless mistakes, so our regular pre-algebra program is really useless for her but I still want to give her a year of review but with a different approach. I'm wondering if Fred's fractions and decimals go beyond Horizons 6 or at least offer more challenging problems before I invest. They only have the first chapters online.
  13. My DD12 wanted to try LOF because she was bored with Saxon. She breezed through Fractions and had breezed through 1/2 of decimals. Then last night I discovered....she was copying answers instead of working through the problems. :glare: The ones she didn't understand, she wasn't bothering asking for help on. She ended up in tears yesterday, and admitted that although she LOVED the story part, that she was having A LOT of trouble understanding his style of explanations. She felt like she wasn't learning anything. I did a placement test with her today for Saxon, and it was like she'd FORGOTTEN how to do stuff she used to know! So we both agree that we are going back to boring Saxon because at least she was learning something. (And we are keeping Fred around for fluff)
  14. I'm looking to find out just how much division a child needs to know in order to start the Life of Fred books? Dd is on long division and can divide simple questions with remainders. She is unable to divide if decimals are required or if there is a divisor with double digits. Can she start the first LOF book with the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division?
  15. Can any of you wise folks who have BTDT tell me what you have found works best for slotting in Life of Fred with Singapore and/or Teaching Textbooks? I think I've read that many start LoF Fractions after SM 4A? We haven't used TT yet, so I'm not sure when the LoF books would best fit into their grade sequence. Help? :o
  16. my efficiency because DS keeps interrupting me with his laughter, and, "Mom - you've gotta here this!" and, "Can I do the next exercise, too?" after 1 hour and 15 minutes of math already.......:D
  17. Ah, yes, the math saga continues . . . . . I would REALLY like to use Chalkdust, but the price - aye, there's the rub. Dd12 is enjoying Life of Fred - he's doing review work, finished Fractions in about 5 weeks, is progressing well through Decimals/Percents - it's all stuff he's had in SM 6A-B. He has a wacky sense of humor, and just laughs his way through math reading the stories. Am I nuts to consider doing the whole LoF series for high school math? Is it really enough? I would buy the extra Home Companion series to provide extra problem sets. OR - is the best bet to do either Lial's with DVT or CD, and use LoF as a review/reinforcement/motivator? I suppose another option would be to work through LoF next year (8th grade), and do a placement test in CD to see how he's done. . .. . . (hoping JanninTX has seen this post and knows a smidge about LoF!)
  18. Has anyone used this for math? It is VERY intriguing to me. My main concern is that it's complete on its own. Anyone know?
  19. Would this be on the Pre-Algebra level or an Algebra 1 level?
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    How do use Fred? Stand-alone? supplement? I am sold on Chalkdust and Fred. How would one work them together? ie Basic math with what Fred books?
  21. Do you use LOF in addition to another program or as your core program? I love the conversational style but I'm concerned that there is not enough written work. Would it be too much to do LOF with MUS?
  22. Well, I am mentioning it again. I swear the guy who wrote these books is a genius. Anyone who could get MY DD to beg for math...is...well ... A GENIUS!!! I don't care if we don't cover enough...or if it isn't a "full" program...she has learned more math in the past 3 weeks ...and has retained it...(and is begging for more??) ...than she has in the past 4 years of pulling teeth. I am amazed! Faithe
  23. Last week when I realized that Lials algebra wasn't working out I decided to buy Life of Fred Algebra and Foersters. We received Life of Fred first. It looks good but I have a hard time believing that it would be that easy to learn algebra. Of course my dd has only done 2 lessons but they were so quick. Yesterday I received the Foersters book in the mail and it is huge compared to Life of Fred. Now I'm second guessing myself wondering if Fred's will be enough. I originally thought I would just use Foersters for extra problems or if she didn't understand a concept from Freds but now I'm wondering if I should use both of them. I really like the idea of doing fewer problems with dd. She tends to get bogged down if she has too many problems. Has anyone combined them? Any suggestions?
  24. My dd is not complaining...not crying and is actually giggling. This week we used Life of Fred and I just did not have the heart to break out our regular math books. I really feel like this kid needs to learn how to think logically in order to get the right answers and Fred is encouraging her TO THINK!!! I love it.... BUT, the lessons take her over 1/2 hour to do each day, and I just do not have the time nor th energy...and she does not have the inclination or desire to do more math than that right now...so we have to decide between Fred ...which we both LOVE..and BJU which we both tolerate ok enough. So, what says the hive?? ~~Faithe
  25. And I "heart" him. Life of Fred arrived yesterday and we started it today. I'm so excited. We're just going to use it until we catch up to where we are in MUS, and then use them both together. Yay! Thanks to all of you who recommended Fred!
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