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  1. New here. For those who have used LOF, do you think there is a particular learning style for which this works best? Or, alternatively, for which LOF does NOT work well? My dd is ready for pre-algebra (8th gr next year). Thinking of starting w/ LOF Fractions first for review, then moving into Decimals & Percents. (I consider dd a "visual" learner.) Thanks! Dana
  2. **A few questions--is this a good enough program to stand alone or do people do it in conjunction with other programs?? I'm thinking AOPS--but will it be overload if we do both Algebra books maybe alternating different days?? **Is the home companion necessary? Does the Algebra book have all the answers on the same page as the questions like the other books. DS ADORES Fred--so I'm hoping to fit it in in someway--but I want to be sure his Algebra base is strong :001_smile:
  3. For those of you who are familiar with the two Life of Fred Pre-Algebra books ... I see on the Life of Fred site this statement: "Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology and Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics are intended to be read sequentially." Do you feel that LOF Pre-Algebra 1 is a prerequisite for LOF Pre-Algebra 2? Would you consider the second book to be a complete (free standing) pre-Algebra program? or do both books need to be completed? Or are these foolish questions considering that students have gone from LOF Fractions and LOF Decimals and Percents directly to LOF Beginning Algebra? Regards, Kareni
  4. My ds12 is using Fractions, Decimals and Percents. He switched to this from Saxon 8/7 b/c Saxon brought him to tears. LOF doesn't seem as "complete" as Saxon and I wondered if I might have to start supplementing? If so, with what? And, where does he go after Dec/Percents? Thanks!
  5. I have found 7 pages of LoF posts through Search - and fully intend to read them, but wanted to go ahead and ask a few questions: DD#1 has completed SM-EB through SM-3B and is now almost done with SM-4A. She has also completed all six Miquon books. I loved the combination and just assumed that we would continue with SM, adding in LoF as a supplement from here on out. DD hates math for the most part, even though she is very good at it. At one point she was an entire year "ahead", but now she hates it so much that getting her to complete much of anything within a decent amount of time is a chore. She is actually several weeks "behind" now. FWIW, she is very much a VSL and I have read that she will do much better and like math more once she gets to geometry - and so far she is loving SM fractions. I planned to start LoF Fractions this Fri. - and planned to use it 1x/wk or so as a supplement/fun day. So, all that to ask: does anyone use LoF as a stand-alone program? If we have been using SM from the start - and it has, for the most part, worked - would you suggest sticking with a SM/LoF combo? Or would it be OK to scrap SM altogether and move to LoF?
  6. I have read through all the threads tagged for Life of Fred, but I still have a few questions lingering in my mind.... 1) Will it be enough practice for my dc once we get through Singapore 6A/B? 2) Will the answers in the text be too tempting for my dc not to look at them when the problem is a bit challenging? 3) How long will it take to complete pre Algebra 1 and 2? Anyone care to chime in? TIA Susan
  7. 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?
  8. I went searching the board for this and read what I could find. But still, I'm left with the question, is it complete enough? I like the looks of it and I'm thinking of getting the Algebra for my dd. I have Lial's but I think this would be fun for her. I could always supplement with what I have. I was also thinking of the pre-algebra for my ds11. Before I sink money into this curriculum I want to try and find out if it's worth it. I hate to say it, but I am critical of stuff made for homeschoolers, especially math stuff. My dd could be excellent in math, she just needs motivation. I don't want to short change her with a program that is not enough. My son is very good with math. He is 2 grades ahead. I want something he can work with and enjoy, and ensures he gets the concepts down. We've been using R&S, and my oldest used Lial's for Algebra and BJ for Geometry. She is not good at math, and we are constantly struggling with it. Anyway, I'm looking for honest feedback about this program. Anyone have a good analysis of it?
  9. My ds8 is currently doing the 5th grade level work in EPGY. He moves fairly quickly (does 2+ sessions a day) and I expect him to be moving up to 6th before the end of the year. He loves doing EPGY and usually gets close to 100%. His favorite part is the geometry. When he does make mistakes, usually it is because he is ADHD and careless (like mom, natch). He then does that exercise again. I know the site says that you should aim for 80%, but that just doesn't seem like true mastery to me. We've also started doing Life of Fred Fraction. He loves this! We got the book a week ago and are on chapter 11. He's been doing all the exercises, and the first bridge thus far. He brings out the book and begs to do more all the time. Question: How coordinated are these in level? LoF is supposedly "pre-algebra". Is 5th grade EPGY "pre-algebra"? If we move through both at this pace, when will we start algebra, and what program should I use? I love LoF, but I want a "full" program in addition as well--anyone have experience with EPGY all the way through? Does is matter if we move through two programs at different places/paces, or is that just a waste of time? Anyone?
  10. Would be interested to know who has used this as a main text and how it went? I am looking for something to use with my non mathy daughter. I have never considered using it as a main text, however the author swears it is up to that standard.
  11. Have you used this and, if so, which one did you do? How well did the science work with the math? We like LOF, and I'm thinking of getting this for my ds next year. He is more of an auditory learner, so we'd use this along with something else, but he enjoys science so I thought it would help. If you've used both of the ones out so far, did you have a favourite? I'm thinking about combining this with the Russian math book that one of my dd's did last year. He's currently doing SM 6A.
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    Math...LOF?

    My son really struggles with math. He is currently in the seventh grade but his math skills are lacking to say the least. I am thinking of ordering Life Of Fred since I have heard so many good things about it. For those of you who have used LOF before, is it something you do to supplement your math lesson or can you just do LOF? Thanks.
  13. So after hearing all of the rave reviews of Life of Fred, I bought Fractions and Decimals for my older sons. I was going to substitute LOF one day a week instead of Saxon/MM. I went to check on him in his room before bed tonight after he had been reading for awhile, and found him reading the decimals book after I had given him the fractions book today. I asked him why he was looking at the wrong one, and he told me he finished the entire book today! I asked him a few questions about it, and he told me the whole story, lol, all about Fred, the bike, and everything else. Now he's a few chapters into the next one. Needless to say, the books are a big hit at our house. I think I'll have to keep the next few with me so he's not trying to get through calculus at age 12. :lol:
  14. Is Life of Fred a full curriculum or supplemental materials. And those of you who have used it, what is your opinion? Thanks
  15. First let me say that I am not willing to changes our math curriculum. We are using Saxon Alg 2. We went through a lot of math curriculum last year and ended up using our whole summer to complete math. We are NOT willing to do that again. I need advice as to what I can add/supplement to my ds math(Saxon Alg 2) to help him understand it better. He has repeated the last 5 lessons this week. I went over the lessons with him and he got it..did the test today, for the second time, and flunked it AGAIN! He is getting it when he does the lesson, but when he gets to the test he is asking me a thousand questions. I don't want him to repeat the lessons for a third time, so I am needing something to supplement...I am not one to make up questions, especially in Alg 2.
  16. for addition, subtraction, multiplying, and dividing?
  17. Has anyone used the Life of Fred series for Algebra? If so what are your opinions of the program? Thanks, Gloria
  18. I will be using Beginning Algebra next year. Does anyone think this can be a stand-alone program?:) thanks........
  19. Hi, Is there a website or link? Is this supplemental program? Thanks, Pam
  20. I'm working through LoF Fractions ahead of dd and have found several places where he asks for answers when he hasn't given the complete detail of how to do something. Am I the only one seeing this? I first noticed it in ch. 12 #1. There is no explanation yet as to why you would make the denominator equal to 12. *I* know this but am a bit frustrated that the question is asked before teaching lowest common multiple. From there my frustration builds when asked to compare other fractions w/o the teaching of how to get them to have common denominators. Ack! Please tell me I just missed something!
  21. I had heard somewhere (here? somewhere else? I don't remember) that they were coming out with a book before fractions for the younger kids. Anybody know if that is true? If so, do you know what is going to be in it?
  22. Any reviews on the Pre-algebra with biology. Do you like how it ties the concepts in? Is there anything you dont like about it? Is it from a secular or Christian POV? Or is it neutral?
  23. Hi all, What grade does one start the life of fred series for math? I am using Horizons, which ends at the end of 6th grade. My daughter will need to graduate high school with calculus for her currently chose career of architecture. Backing from Calculus in LoF, we would start fractions in 6th grade. Is that right and reasonable? (Obviously she's not in 6th yet LOL! or I'd know the answer to this.) I know she'll have to finish Alg. I in 8th to make calculus by 12th. Also, is it all in one, or would I supplement? Would NEM work? Or, better to use Lial's for algebra? TIA, Lesley
  24. Okay.. So Ive gone over a many Math options and have decided on LOF to start 5th grade in Sept. ALong with a practice site ixl.com . My question is .. which LOF should I start her on for 5th grade level? Thank you:) Lindsay
  25. PLEASE explain to me how this fits in together!!!!!! Also, is this a Christian worldview of biology or a secular worldview of biology???? I know this just came out, but I have seen a few posts of people whose children have completed it already! Thanks
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