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!)

Letters from Nebby

Dear Reader,

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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Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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