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# Life of Fred

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Both of my older sons are using Saxon math. Older one is doing 7/6, and younger one is doing 6/5. They actually placed higher, but I found a couple of concepts that they would have missed if I skipped them, so they are doing a fairly "easy" year of math. For example, I'm only making them do evens or odds on the mixed practice.

Given the above circumstances, would you supplement? I found LOF online, and I think it looks like a blast. It looks like my older sons would enjoy it. Should I stick to a Saxon routine they like and are comfortable with? (With a "this is too easy" once in a while) or break it up with LOF? How would you implement it? Which book?

Thanks! :001_smile:

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I will be interested in hearing what others have to say too. I have also been wondering about Life of Fred but have not used it.

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We're doing Saxon 6/5 M-R, and then LoF Fridays. Using this schedule we'll finish both in about 36 weeks (maybe give or take a couple, can't remember!). We started with Fractions since it is the first one. My son loves it and said today, "Yeah, I get to do Life of Fred today!"

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We're doing Saxon 6/5 M-R, and then LoF Fridays. Using this schedule we'll finish both in about 36 weeks (maybe give or take a couple, can't remember!). We started with Fractions since it is the first one. My son loves it and said today, "Yeah, I get to do Life of Fred today!"

Do you happen to know the best place to get a look at Life of Fred and purchase it ?

I can do a google search, but someone on here may know of someplace with good samples to look at.

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Yet another curricula that you ladies have me interested in... :bigear:

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We started LoF Fractions 2 weeks ago-kind of a soft starting to school and ds loves it. Well as much as any boy can love math...But when we really start school next week-ish he will be doing Saxon 7/6 4 days and LoF 1 day.

Ds is just struggling with math in general, so I was hoping the LoF would keep things a little fun and not so monotounous with the Saxon.

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We are doing Singapore and my oldest son found LOF and absolutely refuses to not do it too! LOL Singapore is our spine, but my ds11, by choice, does a lesson of Fred every day.

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Yet another curricula that you ladies have me interested in... :bigear:

I can't tell you how many things have caught my interest since I've been lurking here. I'm just sad we can't try them all!

M - TH Saxon, and Fri LOF sounds like a good combo.

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I use CLE Math instead of Saxon, but they have similarities in their approach. On M-Th, we do CLE and we have "Friday's with Fred." I also plan to assign another Fred chapter as homework over the weekend.

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I think LoF is a good supplement to any program. It is funny and challenging, but not intimidating.

My boys read through the books w/o doing any of the problems first, then we do the book. I have them do the problem on the whiteboard.

We use Singapore, but are at that sweet spot where I can't tell which is the spine and which is the reinforcement, as they are dovetailing quite nicely. :D My kids would not tolerate a day w/o Fred.

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My 7th grade dd is doing CLE 700 math this year every day and adds Life of Fred Prealgebra w/ Biology every other day. She, too, cheers on the days she get to do LOF. I thought she'd complain about doing two math lessons every other day -- nope! She sees LOF as the reward for having completed her regular math assignment. BTW, LOF has us rolling on the floor laughing. I never thought I'd say that about ANY math book!

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I'm convinced...I ordered the first two books, and hopefully they'll be here by "Fridays with Fred." :D

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As for purchasing -

In this case I will always buy directly from the writer at his website for Polka Dot Publishing.

His prices are amazingly reasonable and include shipping. He is also a great guy - and will personally answer his phone to help kids with their math problems (or respond by email). So - buy from him to keep him in business :)

My older DS used LoF Fractions and Decimals and Percents last year for Pre-Algebra and is now in advanced algebra at the PS. The class counts for HS credit. The math teacher that tested him for placement in the spring told me that he was very well prepared and had a much better grasp of concepts and mathematical thinking than his students :)

Some students may need a bit more practice (there were times we supplemented with some workbook pages), but it is a very good pre-algebra program.

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As for purchasing -

In this case I will always buy directly from the writer at his website for Polka Dot Publishing.

His prices are amazingly reasonable and include shipping. He is also a great guy - and will personally answer his phone to help kids with their math problems (or respond by email). So - buy from him to keep him in business :)

My older DS used LoF Fractions and Decimals and Percents last year for Pre-Algebra and is now in advanced algebra at the PS. The class counts for HS credit. The math teacher that tested him for placement in the spring told me that he was very well prepared and had a much better grasp of concepts and mathematical thinking than his students :)

Some students may need a bit more practice (there were times we supplemented with some workbook pages), but it is a very good pre-algebra program.

:iagree:

I did order from the publisher after I was led there by another homeschooler, and I was astonished at the great deal I got. On Amazon, they are going for up to \$100 a piece. Can you believe that? :001_huh:

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As for purchasing -

In this case I will always buy directly from the writer at his website for Polka Dot Publishing.

His prices are amazingly reasonable and include shipping. He is also a great guy - and will personally answer his phone to help kids with their math problems (or respond by email). So - buy from him to keep him in business :)

My older DS used LoF Fractions and Decimals and Percents last year for Pre-Algebra and is now in advanced algebra at the PS. The class counts for HS credit. The math teacher that tested him for placement in the spring told me that he was very well prepared and had a much better grasp of concepts and mathematical thinking than his students :)

Some students may need a bit more practice (there were times we supplemented with some workbook pages), but it is a very good pre-algebra program.

Thanks for the info. I will get on that site today and see about ordering from it.

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http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html

There's a photo on the "Life of Fred" site I am curious about. I linked it above. Does anyone happen to know where that place is that is in the photo of the people hiking up the outdoor stone staircase ?

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http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html

There's a photo on the "Life of Fred" site I am curious about. I linked it above. Does anyone happen to know where that place is that is in the photo of the people hiking up the outdoor stone staircase ?

Vernal,Utah at least that what I got from the name of the picture :D

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Vernal,Utah at least that what I got from the name of the picture :D

I missed seeing a name for the photo. Is it on another link on the site ?

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I missed seeing a name for the photo. Is it on another link on the site ?

No you did not miss it, that is the file name of the picture file. If you right click the picture to save it on your computer, you will see the original file name.

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http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html

There's a photo on the "Life of Fred" site I am curious about. I linked it above. Does anyone happen to know where that place is that is in the photo of the people hiking up the outdoor stone staircase ?

I believe is is Vernal Falls Trail at Yosemite in California.

Karen

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I felt like mentioning that my 11 yo old math despiser, general eye roller, and the one who likes to put forth the least amount of effort, wrote a great comic yesterday with "Professor Pirky" (a cat) at Kittens University who meets with little Fred to explain his "rubber band theory".

Quite pleased that he loves Fred so much. Early on, I remember him saying (once he learned that Fred's back story was in the calculus book) "I can't wait for calculus!" Whoo hoo!

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I felt like mentioning that my 11 yo old math despiser, general eye roller, and the one who likes to put forth the least amount of effort, wrote a great comic yesterday with "Professor Pirky" (a cat) at Kittens University who meets with little Fred to explain his "rubber band theory".

Quite pleased that he loves Fred so much. Early on, I remember him saying (once he learned that Fred's back story was in the calculus book) "I can't wait for calculus!" Whoo hoo!

Hoping we have the same success with my "general eye roller." :001_smile:

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