I love Nebby’s review of ‘Life of Fred’ (LOF). As a result of reading it, I am looking into ‘Math U See’ as a supplemental programme. So far I like what I see. I watched the 8 minute Steve Demme video on their website and their approach makes a lot of sense to me. I hate the idea of any workbooks but I have a sneaking suspicion they might be useful if they aren’t over-doing the practice and, gasp!, I guess that parts of them could be skipped in part/in whole whilst the remainder of the programme could still be very useful. Anyway, I have to look into the cost of it. I also like that it might be something fun to start with my 4 year old since LOF isn’t for kids that young (I wish the author would write a series for those kids just starting out. I’m sure it would be great!)
I mentioned in my post on our homeschool plans that we have been using Life of Fred math and that I tend to get a lot of questions about it. So I thought I would do a post on it to share what our experience has been.
For those of you who haven’t yet heard, Life Of Fred (henceforth LOF) is a math curriculum that teaches through a narrative format. Basically, it is the story of 5-year-old Fred who is a genius and is a math professor at KITTENS University in Kansas. You read a chapter about Fred’s life in which he uses math in (somewhat) real life situations and then at the end of each chapter is “Your turn to play,” section of questions and answers to be done by the student. There are two series. One is the more advanced series which begins with fractions, decimals and…
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