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  1. Does anyone have a suggestion for evaluating progress in LOF Calculus? My son is doing well on the problems (self-study), missing very few. But I need to evaluate his current progress compared with traditional Calculus study. Any advice is welcome.
  2. Time Left: 12 days and 2 hours

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  3. Once in a year I got math anxiety :) This year I'm worried about 'finishing in time'. So I wondered how long it takes to cover AoPS Intro to Algebra and / or LoF Trigonometry. In your answer I want to know, how much time you devoted to math per week, what was included ( using other material outside the book) what was skipped (challenge problems, chapters). And how many months you needed. Is LoF Trig a whole year or a semester book? (Or even less?) As dd is in the language track, she will have 3-4 hours math per week during grade 11/12. We won't have time for 6+ hours math per week. Thank
  4. Which Life of Fred book would you recommend I get for a 9 year old (4th grader) whose main math is Saxon 6/5? He completed Apples through Dogs a while ago. Does he really need to pick back up with Edgewood, or can he jump in with Kidneys?
  5. I'm getting ready to buy it this weekend, but I'm not sure what the difference is between the Expanded Edition and the regular version. Also, do you need the Zillions of Practice Problems right away? Or can we work on the main book for a couple of weeks before I buy that, too? Thanks!!
  6. Does anyone know exactly what math topics are covered in Life of Fred's Intermediate series - the Kidneys, Liver and Mineshaft books? I've seen his "scope and sequence" and I really can't make sense of it. Thanks!!!
  7. So the kids and I have decided to move away from Saxon math for the upcoming school year. My youngest ds has been working on Math Mammoth & LOF successfully after leaving Saxon after completing Saxon 1. My oldest dd (rising 8th grader) has done well with Saxon but really wants a change. She tried out Teaching Textbooks at our convention last week and loved it. She will be using TT Alg. 1 with LOF....supplementing with Khan Academy if needed. I hope I'm not messing up her future line of excellence in math. :sad: Here is where I'm running into some issues. My rising 5th grader sco
  8. If I have already asked this before...forgive me..I surely cannot find the post if I have. Curious how you grade/determine mastering Life of Fred. DS is doing Algebra. The website says this: ***In the books starting with Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra, there are six Cities at the end of each chapter. If the student can do any one of the six Cities with no errors, then award an A for that chapter. If the student's best score on the six Cities is one error, then a B. Two errors = C Three errors = F Do you go by this, do you grade differently? If so, how do yo
  9. Trying to make final decision for math for my 2nd grader for next year. He is technically still at a first grade Math level. He has SPD/ADHD/ and some delay issues, though he has made HUGE improvements over the last 6 months. He loves working on the computer, but cannot do that exclusively or his learning is still unbalanced. I am planning to use LOF with him next year, but need to combine it with a different program for reinforcement. Several sources have recommended Professor B, but I'm not sure it's hands-on really. The computer component is a possibility, but from the examples, I a
  10. In doing some research on MUS, and if it would be a good fit for our situation, I noticed that quite a few people mentioned using LOF to supplement MUS. I'd like to know more (for those who do this), about why you felt LOF was a good supplement to MUS? And why you would need to supplement it? Thanks so much! :)
  11. Would you consider the Advanced Algebra enough to be a stand alone curriculum if we used all 3 books? (the textbook, home companion and zillions of problems book) My daugther wants to use that alone next year but I am hesitant. Thoughts? Another question- does LOF Geometry include proofs?
  12. My situation: DD is 10 and finishing 4th grade with K12. I like and dislike K12 math, so I've added Singapore Math and Horizons Math to her daily math. Horizons works well for review, but Singapore is not a good fit, and I'm looking to replace this with Life of Fred. My questions: How long are the books? If we went back to the last three elementary books (Kidneys, Liver, and Mineshaft) then onto the next books (Fractions, Decimals, and Elementary Physics), is this over-the-top to consider doing in a year? DD does well with math, but it isn't favorite subject. She gets the concepts quickl
  13. My 7 year old has really taken to the LOF books in the past couple of weeks. He has read all of the elementary series, and parts of the Fractions, Decimals and Percents, and Physics books. I know he's just reading and not working the problems, but I figure he's got to be absorbing some of those math concepts along the way. I'd love to find more math-oriented books with an interesting story line similar to Life of Fred. What can you recommend?
  14. I need some advice on math programs. My 8th grade daughter is in the middle of LOF (Life of Fred) Beginning Algebra. She did Math Mammoth for 1st through 6th grades. Last year she went through LOF Decimals, Fractions, and the two Pre-Algebra books. She really enjoyed LOF and she was in the 99th percentile for math on the PASS test at the end of the year. This year is different. She is getting frustrated with LOF Beginning Algebra. She has to involve me much more than she did last year (she was quite independent last year). She feels that it moves too quickly and doesn't give her enough
  15. I am doing physics next semester with two 8th graders. I really like LOF and was thinking of doing LOF physics with a kit of some sort. Any reviews? I already have snap circuits. Any good physic kits out there? I was looking at this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002HABZU/ref=s9_simh_gw_p21_d0_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0QW8TGW290MQ62H3179C&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846. Thank you!
  16. If you used LoF Elementary Physics did you use it as a primary text, as a supplement to what primary? Did you use an experiment kit with it? Make your own? I need help planning for the year starting in August for 8th grade for my DS who will be 13. Thanks ahead of time.
  17. I am going to start LOF Apples with both my boys. Sure, they are beyond that (especially my older ds) but I thought it would be good review and we could move fairly quickly through it. However, my younger ds is not a strong reader so I will read aloud to him. Does it make sense to do this as a read aloud for both or should older ds just read it himself? And I can't quite see asking him to do the now it's your turn bits, unless he feels like it on his own. So, does this sound like a reasonable approach--read aloud to younger ds, do the now it's your turn stuff with him. Have older ds read h
  18. Or are there still more to come? (Reading at the website implies it is complete, but doesn't say it outright - not that I saw anyway.)
  19. Disclaimer I am not related to Fred :), Dr. Schmidt the author, or anybody in Dr. Schmidt’s family. I don’t sell LOF or get kickbacks, etc. etc. etc. :) A Basic Description Life of Fred “Apples†is the first book in a series for elementary arithmetic. Apples has 18 chapters or lessons. Each chapter is a short story about an hour or so in Fred’s life; Fred, being, of course, a five year old university math professor. We read a short narrative about the crazy things that happen in Fred’s life and at the end we get to answer a few questions--usually about 5. The author asks that
  20. Any math gurus have an opinion on this? I'm wondering if Life of Fred Calculus can be a stand alone calc course. My dd finished Alg2 through another publisher, which definitely included some trig (I've noticed that's not necessarily a given with Alg2). I didn't think of using LoF as a stand alone, but now am seriously considering it after seeing a couple of books in person. According to the website, LoF contains the following: LoF Trig Sines, Cosines and Tangents, Graphing, Significant Digits, Trig Functions of Any Angle, Trig Identities, Graphing a s inb(x + c), Radian Measurement, C
  21. My 8yo boy really enjoys the LoF books, but primarily as fiction, which is ok, since it is not his main math curriculum. If a child likes LoF stories, what are some other adventure stories he would probably like?
  22. Just heard from the author of the Life of Fred books that the first four of the elementary series is available now from Z-Twist books. Someone on here had asked that I re-post when the author contacted me, so here it is: http://ztwistbooks.com/oscstore/index.php?cPath=21 Scroll down; they start with "Apples".:001_smile:
  23. Do you have particular favorite to recommend (preferably with a complete answer key)? :)
  24. Well she's not so much mad at me as at the situation. She's very bright in math and has been ahead from the beginning. Last year (6th grade) we did LOF Beginning Algebra and AoPS Introduction to Algebra. She did great. I was ready to move on to Geometry this year (7th grade) but frankly I'm starting to panic about math credits. In our area, things are very competitive in the high schools and nearly everyone takes Algebra before high school. But even the most advanced students don't do more than Algebra and Geometry before high school. If we do Geometry this year, that means Algebra2/Trig in 8t
  25. I was talking to an engineering friend of mine today who has looked over the LoF Alg. She thinks it's just fine as a stand alone math text. What do you think?
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