What are Life of Fred books? Their math series is one of my favorite ways to get kids who love reading learning about math!
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Life of Fred books were recommended to me as a great way to introduce kids who love reading and stories to various mathematical concepts. As it turns out, I’m glad I made the investment.
Why Use Life of Fred to Teach Math?
Life of Fred sets up math problems through cleverly entertaining stories, followed by clearly explained answers. My kids LOVE these books! The above photo where they are all reading them (or “reading” in Anna’s case, but there are a few illustrations for her to enjoy) is a scene I have woken up to several times this summer.
Life of Fred books are fun to read out loud, too! We enjoy the story and then work together to solve the problems.
Can I Use Life of Fred as a Homeschool Math Curriculum?
As much as I love these books, I don’t LOVE them as a curriculum. I see them more as a way to get kids thinking about math and loving it the way mathematicians do.
That being said, your child is guaranteed to learn a lot of math if you sit with them and work through all of the problems in the book. Most children will require more practice than the books allow, but some may race through and learn what they need.
We use the books as a way to learn to love math, which I consider the true key to raising kids who enjoy math.
There are new Life of Fred beginning readers and language arts books in addition to the math books. Have any of you read them? I would love to hear what you think! If they are anywhere near as entertaining as the math books, I am sure my kids would like them.
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