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Life of Fred: Apples (Life of Fred Elementary Series #1)

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Numbers that Add to 7, Circles, Ellipses, Reading 6:00 on a Clock, 5 + ? = 7, Days of the Week, Leap Years, Spelling February, Dressing for Cold Weather, 15 Degrees Below Zero (–15º), Deciduous Trees, Deciduous Teeth, Counting by Fives, 3x + 4x = 7x, Archimedes 287 B.C. Wrote The Sand Reckoner and Got Killed Being Rude, ante meridiem (a.m.), Donner and Blitz in German, One ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published 2011 by Polka Dot Publishing
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Math is fun this way...each chapter continues the story of Fred...which is cute and funny for child and adult...and also teaches concepts...math and more. My six year old can read each chapter alone and answer the questions at the end of each mostly on her own. It is fun, and seems too easy to really be educational...but by the end of the book I could see a true progression. Without pain, my daughter learned to add and subtract (this needs some attention outside of the book honestly, but the boo ...more
We love Fred! My daughter and I really enjoyed reading about Fred, Kingie, and all their adventures. I was amazed at how much learning is packed into this book. It's learning that is also such fun to read. We can't wait to see what book two brings!
Heather Tenney
Excellent math book. I was very skeptical, didn't understand how this could possibly work like math textbooks do. But it won't be like any math book you've ever seen! It uses storytelling, silliness and practical examples to not only teach basic math skills, but to teach thinking skills as well. Will they learn 5+2=7? Sure. Again and again. But they'll also learn sequencing, reasoning and deduction. A lot of people wonder is it a full math curriculum? Yes, it is. I say this with a critical eye. ...more
I really didn't know what to expect with this book, but I kept hearing about it so I thought we would read it and see what we thought. Life of Fred is cute. The story is simple and easy to understand with some silly (sometimes truly bizarre) things that make it funny and entertaining for my children. I am not convinced that this is any thing close to a stand alone type of curriculum for math, but I do know that my older children (7 & 9) enjoyed reading about the life of Fred and his doll Kin ...more
I did this book with my 8 year old and we read between 1 and 3 chapters a day, usually about two. She really enjoyed the story line and how badly Fred draws compared to his doll Kingie.

As a parent I was concerned that it would not be enough repetition to really get the arithmetic down. Apples focuses on the number 7 both addition and some subtraction and introduces the algebraic concept of solving for x. Reading an analog clock is also introduced and by the end of the book not only can my daught
The premise seems silly but it really captures the attention. It reads like a story book which makes the introduction of math concepts easy. The concepts are introduced in "real life" scenarios. My son found the story funny and knew it wasn't real. I was surprised at some of the advanced concepts introduced. Its just that- early introduction. I gave four stars because we enjoyed it and are continuing with the series. Just remember it is not a worksheet based program or timed drills or like any t ...more
Sarah Bringhurst
This is a real educational winner. The funny, sometimes bizarre story-line has my kids laughing out loud almost every day. We're actually already on Book 3 of the series, and I've made it the primary math curriculum for my children (ages 5 and 8). I find that they both understand and retain the material. And because it is presented in a real-life setting, they also can see how math is meaningful and useful in life. I will re-start my 5-year-old on the first book in a year or two, but in the mean ...more
What a fun book that teaches concepts plus math facts! The book is first one of a series by the author that certainly makes math fun in an outlandish sort of way. Fred and his doll-friend Kingie have adventures that include humorous art and funny situations which include vocabulary and math words. The books steadily increase in math complexity. If only I had this book and way of learning when I was young! Math would have been a delight instead of a drudge.
My kids really loved the story, they would give it 5 stars. As a stand alone, teaching book... I'm not yet convinced. The author does set up the *need* for the math. Which I think is important since my children are constantly asking *why* they have to learn this. But, the child will need more teacher lead practice, which is not provided, between the lessons. Perhaps at the higher levels there is more practice provided since the student is expected to work independently at that level.

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A friend recommended this series that my boys (8 and 5) are both loving so far: Life of Fred. Designed for homeschoolers, it’s a fun way to teach math concepts in story form. The boys think the books are hilarious (and yes, it’s pretty quirky — a five-year-old math professor??). I love that it celebrates learning (and it teaches about LOTS of things, not just math: the Titanic, for instance!). There are questions in the back of each chapter to reemphasize the concepts learned, so you could use t ...more
Fun and silly math. Prompted ideas in them for child led learning and held their interest. A good way to show how math works in the real world instead of just numbers on a page.
My 4 year old loved this! He loves numbers and absolutely loved the math in this book! Fun and brilliant!
We all LOVE ALL the Life of Fred books. Amazing, fun, inspiring ... oozes fun math and creativity.
Now this is an innovative way to learn math! Clever, creative, engaging. I had heard good things about this series from a number of people. We are on to the next book!
Jun 01, 2014 Niko added it
Great for kids. Quite silly but very entertaining. A fun approach to learning math :)
Emma Elsie
i really like this is book, it is cute and funny. i encourage everyone to read it:}
Wow, amazing! This textbook was really fun to read!
Excellent math book for beginners to reinforce and enjoy math skills and information! All 3 of my kids LOVE Fred!! This is finally a math book that is interesting, funny, and still educational. My kids always get excited to read Fred, and it doesn't take very long to go through a chapter and the exercises at the end. It keeps their attention and gets them laughing. These books are genius in their simplicity! I use this as a supplement to our other math program to help the kids see the teachings ...more
Best book series to teach kids math!
Mar 23, 2015 Sally added it
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Never thought I'd review an elementary school math book on here, but my kids and I love these books! It's amazing what you can learn just from reading about 5 year old Fred (who happens to teach at Kittens University, rarely eats, and hangs with his best doll Kingie) as he goes about his daily adventures. These books have sparked conversations about constellations, the Orion nebula, The Wizard of Oz, etc. We've learned quite a bit of mathematics along the way too. Highly recommend!
Although some of the math concepts are basic in this first book from the new Elementary Series, my kids really loved it. Fred is about much more than math and they couldn't put it down. I too, really enjoyed the book and the format of the information presented. This is a perfect addition to our more relaxed approach to math this year. I think we will happily read all of the Elementary series until we are ready for long division and Life of Fred Fractions.
Julia Forrester
Just finished this math book with my daughter and she absolutely loved doing math! She learned to tell simple time, count by 5's and much more. I'd highly recommend for a child that isn't keen on doing endless worksheets. Fred teaches the kids to solve for x and introduces them to other higher level math concepts in a way that makes sense and is easy for kids to understand and make part of their regular math vocabulary.
Mandie Mc
I was so excited to find out that my 6-year-old son could learn math with Fred before he reached pre-algebra! These books are engaging, funny, and make math a joy. We blasted through this book in under a week, with my son really grasping all of the concepts (including telling time, which he's never done before). Highly recommended living book for mathematics instruction of early elementary students!
Quirky, funny, and mathematically oriented, the Life of Fred books are now on my A-List. My son reads this to me a chapter at a time, and we both get a kick out of The Kittens University's five year old math professor Fred and his artistically gifted doll Kingie. We have not yet gotten to math levels that challenge either of us, but just maybe I'll keep reading and finally learn trig.
I actually found this maths book very entertaining. I set myself a goal to teach myself maths this year and as I have chosen Fred as the method for Jared I thought i would work through it my self and I'm really enjoying them. It's a very clever way of presenting maths.
Elaine Curry
My kids loved this book. It's a funny read about a 5 year old kid named Fred who teaches math at Kittens University. It's a completely different approach to math than I had. I hope it helps my children love math again after a very bad public school experience.
This was amusing and included lots of math as well as other interesting topics. My kids (ages 6 and 9 at the time)didn't take to it like I thought they would. I may try a higher level in the series to see if that resonates more.
This is a fun book (first in the series) that even my older kids enjoyed browsing through. I liked the point the author made in one of the books when he said that if music or sports were taught like math is, they would be boring.
The person who wrote this series is a genius. If my kids age 13 to 3 can enjoy this math book and get things out of it...that is so cool!

Teaching math through literature is the best!
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