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Life of Fred: Apples

(Life of Fred Elementary Series #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  82 reviews
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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Katie Fitzgerald
My five-year-old and I read through this book together as a fun supplement to her math lessons. We both got a big kick out of it, and she seemed to really grasp the concepts presented because they were delivered through a fictional narrative. I don't think I'd ever feel comfortable allowing Fred to be her only math curriculum, but it takes a clever approach that definitely makes math more fun, especially for kids who love to read. ...more
Liam
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
I hated math all growing up. It wasn’t until college that I found I could actually do math well. I think it was partly due to my own ambivalence, partly to poor teachers, and partly to the way math textbooks work.

All I’ve ever seen before Life of Fred, with math textbooks, is a boring monotonous format with each chapter: how to do the math problem, 40 - 60 problems. Next chapter: how to do the problem, 40 - 60 problems. As a young person, this format would kill any joy or interest I had in math
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Nikki Schumacher
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This math book is a living book. It makes math fun and draws the reader into the story. I purchased for my first grader but my preschooler learned alongside just fine because this book is so well written. We are on book two now.
Sienna
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like life of Fred because he is funny. And it’s pretty cool that his doll can talk. Fred teaches me math and it makes math fun. First I didn’t like math but now that he taught me he made things fun.
Larrullo
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca
Since there were no reviews, I read the first book via ILL. It has what I would call a primitive design, but the math content seems solid. It presents math concepts and other concepts in a story format, with exercises to be done on the reader’s own paper. The main character makes a couple mentions of God in his musings, but the overall content does not seem religious in tone.
Melissa
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Carrie Johnson
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We have loved this, we have been using Math-U-See pretty much for our homeschooling journey for the last 5 yrs and while my 10 yr old does great with that, I believe bc his brain is wired for math etc, it has been a struggle for my 8 yr old twins. So we have taken a break for them from it this yr and I have tried to find fun ways to learn math and to help them understand math is important and we use it daily and this does just that!! Right now this book was pretty easy for them but it has been a ...more
Aprilleigh
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: curricula
This series is definitely not your typical set of math textbooks. The only reason I looked at this particular volume is it's the first in the sequence. I'm actually considering the algebra books but wanted to see how it all started. If I had to build an impression based only on the first volume I'd probably walk away now. It's cute, but it moves very slowly and seems to skip over some very important steps. I just don't think this would have worked for my child. That said, I'll glance through a f ...more
Nikki
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschool
So far I love this series...we finished Apples and are about half done with Butterflies. The stories are cute and funny and if additional work is needed on any of the topics it's easy to come up with worksheets online or on my own. My daughter has enjoyed the books as well. She's less enthusiastic about the problems that require sentence type answers, but I think we just need to build up her hand strength. ...more
Abby
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, funny, interesting, and completely perfect math read for our family. the concepts are introduced in an engaging way and gently reinforces each new concept as the story continues. it is full of facts and tidbits of information from other areas of study and this helps to make it interesting and pull in readers of all types. we can't wait for the next book in the series! ...more
Clare
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think to put this on my "story time current" shelf, but these books are now a staple of our evening read aloud time. All of us absolutely loved this book, and I like the extra dose of maths a day that we get without hardly even realising. My learning-to-read child is also enjoying the Fred early readers. ...more
Sarah
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-hs-math
This is our first "official" year homeschooling and I hate the kill and drill approach to math. My son refers to this as his "buddy Fred" and we love it. I am looking forward to starting the next book. ...more
Alycia
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: k5
I enjoyed reading this to my daughter but, unfortunately, she didn't have the same feeling. lol I would give it a solid 3.5/4 stars but she would say 1 possibly 2. I'm averaging our ratings for 3 stars! :) ...more
Kara
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My 10/11 year old boys give this book the 5 star rating! We enjoy this as a fun math supplement, and will move onto Butterflies! Cute story that brought laughs while doing math! Broken into chapters which we read one of each day.
Wendy
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
interesting
taught some math concepts and used reptition to cement others
Emily
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
math stories. really weird. we love it.
Heather Lewis Hartman
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun, engaging, outside of the box math curriculum. My kids LOVE Fred, his silly humor, and learn much along the way with far less effort than with traditional math books.
Julie
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My kids love these books. Math made approachable through story.
Dana
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
Loved this fun and quirky addition to our morning time!!
Pamela Roberts
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kids loved it and it’s entertaining for adults, too.
I love how the author throws in other cultural
and non-math related information so we get a more well-rounded
experience.
Breanna Beers
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story is engaging for my children and the method for explaining math is beautifully simple. We are looking forward to continuing this silly story.
Roslyn
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My seven-year-old was immensely entertained by this book and loved learning the tidbits about algebra.
Shannon
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun, entertaining and educational. My boys can't wait to begin the next book. ...more
Lynette Myers
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
My boys enjoyed the oddity of this book and the simplicity. I find it crazy, but if it helps my boys with math, I'll do it. ...more
Michelle
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
We love Fred. Great read alouds for our family. Relatable math that is meaningful and fun.
Annie Langston
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was very educational.
I don't really like Fred as much as I like Kingie.
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A.K. Klemm
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
NOT a math curriculum. But my kiddo likes reading these together for fun.
Alyse
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I kindof like these but also find them strange at the same time.
Yassin
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really good book to learn about mathematics! !!
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