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Life of Fred Mathematics
The Life of Fred takes a unique approach to teaching children, not only math, but many useful life lessons and subjects usually taught completely separate from math. The series covers from Kindergarten through the 2nd year of college mathematics, and there is helpful information on the publisher’s website in regards to where to start your child(ren).
The characteristics that set this curriculum apart from others are:
1. It is fun.
2. It explains the need for math.
3. It is inexpensive.
4. It provides a broader education.
5. It is complete.
Through books that read like a humorous novel about a 5-year-old college professor (how can it not be funny?), the author, Stanley Schmidt, engages students in a story where situations arise that can be dealt with by using math. The student is introduced to the need first, then the application. You will not find endless repitition of the same types of problems as in traditional math curricula. There is a ‘bridge’ after every 4 or 5 chapters that the student must successfully ‘cross’ before earning the right to go on to the next chapter. The bridges cover all material to date, ensuring that the student is remembering previous skills and is able to apply them to new problems along the way.
For parents worried if their math skills are up to being able to teach their child(ren), this series is for you. Many parents learn along with their children and enjoy it as much as the kids. After the elementary set, students are expected to work independently with very little, if any, parental instruction required. The entertainment factor is what keeps kids interested and staves of questions like “When am I ever going to use this stuff?”
One of the best things about the series is that each hardback book can be used for younger siblings. All work is done on paper – not in the book – so you can keep using the same books over and over.
The website link below is to the publisher’s site, where you can order the books for a great price and free shipping. They are also available through other sellers as well as Amazon. The information, FAQ’s, and testimonials on the site linked below are the best place to start to learn about The Life of Fred, whether or not you end up purchasing from that site.
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Life of Fred Mathematics