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Buncee, Perfect for Thanksgiving!

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Buncee – Your New Favorite Creative Education App, Perfect for Thanksgiving!

This is a guest post from edu.buncee.com

 

 

Getting ready for Thanksgiving? Then you’re going to want to download our iPad app, Buncee for Education!

This free app is an ideal mobile tool for creative education, online or offline, at home or on the go. Mirroring much of edu.buncee.com’s web creation functionalities, the app’s slide-based digital canvas lets you and your children design creative projects by combining themed backgrounds, fun stickers, frames, photos, text, and even audio recordings.

Every adult and student adds their own spark to their buncee creations, and with so much media at your fingertips, the possibilities for creation are endless. With our app, educators and their students can create digital stories, presentations, event invites and dozens of other fun, creative projects!

Here are just a few ways Buncee for Education can help add a bit of fun to your education this Thanksgiving:

Get your children excited to learn about Thanksgiving by hosting an educational field trip with friends!

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Get those creative juices flowing with cognitive weekend activities! Have your children and students create a buncee about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions.

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Ask the kids to take their friends on a Thanksgiving adventure. Challenge the students to visually illustrate a Thanksgiving tale on buncee and to narrate it with their own audio recordings. Better yet, have them leverage the app’s creative tools to author, illustrate and narrate their own digital stories.

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Scrapbook the evening’s festivities with personal photos, recordings, memories, and more!

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There are so many quick, fun, and easy ways that our free iPad app can help engage your kids this fall. And when you find yourself beaming with pride over your childrens’ creations, or you want to collaborate with other homeschoolers, you can easily share these buncees via email, social media, or even publish them on edu.buncee.com. When you log into your edu.buncee.com web account, all your iPad creations will be stored right alongside the buncees you created on the web. Now that’s creation and presentation simplified!

With our web and mobile digital canvas, we aim to provide the best tool for you and your students to strengthen creative skills, communication skills, to learn, and to have fun.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

The Totally Cool Circuit Scribe!

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Just about everything you touch during the day involves electronics – turning on the lamp, microwaving popcorn or driving the car.  If you peered deep inside any electronic appliance you’d discover they all start with a single circuit, linked to another and another.

The compay Circuit Scribe, has invented a really cool way to learn about circuits.  Their unique pen writes with conductive silver ink to create a working circuit on paper.  So, really, their non-toxic silver ink makes creating circuits as easy as doodling.  Novice third graders – experienced high schoolers can have fun with circuitry and electronics in this totally new way.

Here’s a great video that shows you the magic and wow of how Circuit Scribe works.

FYI – Circuit Scribe offers a variety of products including:

The Maker Kit ($79.99) – the gold standard to appreciate the magic of electronics.  The maker culture – learning-through-doing such as robotics, electronics and traditional metalworking or woodworking – is a hot topic. Kids who classify as makers encompass every letter of STEM and STEAM and even STREAM learning! From hackers to DIYers, it’s a national passion.

The company also makes a Basic Kit, an Ultimate Kit, and a pocket-sized $9.99 Mini Kit (perfect for stocking stuffers or a Hanukkah gift).

Just thought you’d like to know.

 

Review: Comic Books Teach Science to Kids

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Homeschool mom Amanda explores educational comic books that illustrate concepts about the human body.

These books are deceiving in an awesome way. They look like comic books, but they are jam-packed with a TON of science lessons. This manga-inspired science book series brings visual learners on an exciting adventure through the human body, making pit spots for fun learning opportunities.

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This is the perfect science book for visual learners or those who struggle with reading comprehension.

What is manga?

If you are unfamiliar with manga, it’s essentially a comic book hailing from Japan. This series retains the same traditional art style you find in manga or anime but is fully translated to English and reads left to right. I’ve loved manga since I was in school, so I was very excited to share these with my kids! I should note, readers don’t have to be a manga-enthusiast to love these educational comic books.

About the Science Books

This isn’t a boring textbook read but is an illustrated story in full, vibrant color that follows the travels of a young boy, Geo, and the genius scientist, Dr. Brain, throughout the insides of the human body. Aside from their educational value, the books themselves present highly detailed and accurate imagery that fit perfectly with a humorous plot that continues from volume to volume.

Titles in the series:

Given its presentation, I would definitely recommend this series to those children who have a lack of desire to sit and learn new science material.

 

Sometimes, it can be a challenge to get kids to want to read anything, but it’s hard to not be attracted to these books. It’s a comic after all! I thoroughly enjoyed each book myself, even though I’m an adult.

Benefits for Visual Learners

Visual learners will pick these books off a bookshelf in a snap because they look like comic books, not textbooks. But, they still have a TON of information. Once you flip through the pages, you see that science topics are perfectly presented in a colorful way.

The real benefit of a science book presented in comic form is this: It is the perfect science book for visual learners or those who struggle with reading comprehension.

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I can attest to this because I am a visual learner myself. The imagery included in these books will make word association easy and intuitive, even with the most complex concepts or terms used. It’s best suited for intermediate readers (around the age of 8 or older), but even those without strong vocabulary skills can relate to what is happening and why in the story.

Throughout the story, you will be introduced to scientific terminology that will be reinforced during the reading adventure. If your child is curious about something they didn’t quite understand or get, it’s easy enough to just reference the index and return to the parts of the story that mentioned that topic.

Science Lessons

After introducing the characters and setting, the reader learns about many of the body’s inner workings. The material itself takes a top-down approach as more and more information is revealed to slowly strengthen understanding of how each part makes the system a whole. The series also answers the “why?” as each piece of information comes together to form a bigger picture.

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The things that happen or are explained earlier in one book are revisited later in the story to create a strong relation between cause and effect with the body’s different systems. Seeing how memorization is a large part of understanding with life sciences (at least I believe so), the reinforcement the books present do an excellent job in helping the reader retain that information.

The books themselves are not an end-all be-all on studies pertaining to the body. What they are, though, are extremely enjoyable and full of scientific information. Not only should they be thought of as a classroom supplement for science studies, but they are also very well suited for reading as entertainment. They are a perfect fit for something like quiet reading time, just before bed (they are story books), or any time and place for reading enjoyment, really.

Here’s the Gist

I would absolutely love to see more educational comic books on bookshelves at schools or in the local library. They are very well-priced for the value they give as an educational tool wrapped into a fun package.

Did I mention that the facts and content were reviewed by real medical doctors for accuracy and clarity? It’s nice to know that you can trust the science material you are getting.

I recommend you pick up the first book in the series and look into Geo’s wild ride to…Survive! Inside the Human Body.


About the Blogger

amandaAmanda is an artist turned homeschool mom. She started making music over 20 years ago, attended a fine arts college to receive a BFA, and ran a successful photography business for over 10 years. She is a course creator, blogger at Raising da Vinci, and lover of life. You can find her on most social media but her favorites are Instagram, Facebook and Periscope.

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Eli, a kitten with a mission

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Author Sherralee Tinney writes stories that impart vital life lessons and inspire her readers to better themselves, and she has done this with her new book,  ‘Eli: More Than Just a Kitten with Ambition to Go on a Mission’.

From the author – “The over-riding goal of the book, aside from reaching out to cat lovers with an incredibly vivid story, is to help readers understand and embrace the fact that every decision and action they take in life has either a positive or negative impact on the world around them. Whoever they are and whatever they do with their life, they have a vital role to play in society and hold influence over humanity that they likely haven’t considered.  Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and I’m thrilled!”

One reader comments, “A cat lover’s book, a poetry lover’s book, and a fantasy lover’s book all rolled into one fascinating and fun to read adventure novel. This uniquely written story is sure to entertain you from start to finish”.

Eli: More Than Just a Kitten with Ambition to Go on a Mission’ is available at http://amzn.to/2dv0b3M.

For more information, you can visit the author’s official website at http://sherralee.ca.

 

About the Author:

Raised in Carman Manitoba Canada, Sherralee grew up an animal lover, particularly horses and considers herself fortunate to have been raised with many different types of animals. This privilege enabled her to study the anatomy of animals so she could work on improving her sketches of them. While living in Carman, she was awarded various art awards one of which was a juried provincial art show where her work went on tour with other artists in the area. She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Capilano University (College then) in North Vancouver, B.C. and after graduating she successfully went to work developing her career in the advertising and print world. Sherralee currently lives happily in the Spruce Grove/Stony Plain area in Alberta with her husband, children, and has two horses, two dogs, four cats and a tank full of fish.

Change the Way Kids Learn Math – Use the Life of Fred Math Books

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Are your math students tired of the drill and kill math approach? Thousands of homeschoolers have turned to Life of Fred Math Books for a fun way to learn math.

Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters every day math situations that call for solving mathematical problems. Children actually want to read these books.

The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them. Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions.

Life of Fred Math Books

Who is Fred?

In one of the Life of Fred books, Fred Gauss was born on the western slopes of the Siberian mountains. By the end of the final book, he is six years old. In his everyday life he first encounters the need for each new part of mathematics, and then comes the mathematics. Never again will students have to ask their perennial question: “When are we ever gonna use this stuff?”

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When can my kids start Life of Fred?

If your child knows how to count, add, and subtract to 10, they are ready to jump in with Fred. The elementary math series is geared toward Kinder to 4th graders.

The series begins with Apples, which covers everything mathematical from numbers, days of the week, telling time, shapes, counting and zero. Fred also skims concepts like dressing for cold weather, identifying oceans, why boats are cheaper to rent in the winter, Titanic, and more! The book contains 19 lessons and is designed to be completed in about one month. See a sample here.

The series continues with Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming, Goldfish, Honey, Ice Cream, and Jelly Beans (click for samples).

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Does Life of Fred go beyond elementary books?

Yes! The creator, Stan, brought Fred all the way to college! Here’s a complete list of every Life of Fred series:

Life of Fred Elementary Math Series: Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming, Goldfish, Honey, Ice Cream, Jelly Beans

Life of Fred Intermediate Math Series: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft

  • Designed for students who aren’t 10 yet, but already finished elementary books. Best for students who can add, subtract, and who understand multiplication and division.

Life of Fred Pre-Algebra Series: Fractions, Decimals and Percents

  • Looking for pre-algebra help? Can your student solve these equations: 5 + 8, 8 – 5, 7 times 8, 6231 divided by 93? Then he or she is ready for the Fractions title.

Life of Fred Introduction to Algebra Series: Elementary Physics, Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology, Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics

  • Fred does physics before algebra. In this series, he learns about slope, ordered pairs, graphing points, numerals, and more. This is a fun math book to help with algebra lessons.

Life of Fred High School Math Series: Beginning Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry

Life of Fred High School Language Arts Series: Australia, Begin Teaching, Classes, Dreams

  • Each book contains 19 cohesive lessons on grammar, language, writing, common mistakes, and basically the entire English language. The creator suggests doing these four books once every year during your students’ high school years.

Life of Fred College Math Series: Calculus, Statistics, Linear Algebra, Upper Division

Life of Fred Chemistry

  • In a single lecture hour, Fred completes a whole year of high school chemistry. See a sample here.

Can adults learn from Fred too?

Let Fred help with financial education for kids. It’s very likely that you, the adult, will pick up a tip or two while teaching. In Life of Fred: Financial Choices, students learn three reasons to use a credit card, five places to invest, what real estate to buy and when, the seven taxes of categories, and more economic lessons.

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What our customers are saying about Fred:

“We were tired and stressed and just plain over it in our homeschool journey this past year. My daughter fought me every step of the way, mainly because of math. This is just not her strong suit and no matter how hard I tried, I just could not find the spark. At my wits end, I purchased this product hoping that it would engage her in a way that other programs had not. I wanted her to see that math can be enjoyable and is used in so many interesting ways. After reading the description I thought it may be a good fit for our family and that maybe the diverting stories would also be a good way to relax her and not make her feel so pressured to perform. We read Apples for the first time yesterday and this morning she begged me to “read the Math Story again! I want to do that!” I dusted my chin off after it fell to the floor and wished silently to myself that I had known about this wonderful book series sooner.If you are on the fence and unsure if you will see a return on your investment – I encourage you to at least buy one to try. You will be so glad you did! – Andrea M., Educents customer

“I have been using the Life of Fred books with my 1st and 4th grader. We read one chapter daily during breakfast, then answer the questions at the end of each chapter. It usually takes us 20-30 minutes to complete the chapter. We started with Apples, because the info. I found on the website explained that there is a story theme that runs throughout the books. I’m so glad that I didn’t ignore that advice and try to start with a later book. If you have an older child(or children), you could probably do more than one chapter a day and get through the earlier books quicker – especially if your child is a good, solid, independent reader. With our schedule, we are enjoying one book a month. It is difficult to compare Life of Fred to other standard, strictly Math curricula because, well – it’s just so different. Each lesson includes so much more than just Math. There are elements of history, geography, physics, geometry, philosophy, grammar, critical thinking skills, extreme silliness, art history, and so many other topics throughout the books.” – Rochelle M., Educents customer

“My daughter is 9 and we just started her with the first book, Apples. We followed the advice of the website and so far, I’m glad we did. Because most of it is repeat material, we are moving quickly, but we are still learning new material. Also a great way to make sure there haven’t been any educational gaps. As another commenter mentioned, there are so many other elements and even though at the very earliest levels, we are learning how to add, they are introducing concepts that will be used much later. What a great way for kids to be familiar with things that will be challenging later on.” – Jayme M., Educents customer

“I have a 9 yr/ 3rd grade and I thought I’d start her at Farming. We just finished the 5th chapters and I think it’s best to go back to the beginning (for her) and start with Apples. There is certainly terminology used in Farming that’s introduced in earlier books and was foreign to my daughter – this was causing a little frustration. So – since there’s basically 2 books per grade … I figure it’ll be better to start off sorta easy and pick up all the little things along the way. If you do one chapter a day -we can generally get through one book a month.” – Rebekah H., Educents customer

“Life of Fred is quirky, to say the least, but inside the stories are REAL math problems. This fits well with a Charlotte Mason education style or a living books education or for any child who has struggled to grasp concepts in the traditional way (often because they cannot connect them to tangible things).” -Amy, Raising Arrows

Ready to shop?

Check out all of the Life of Fred titles available at a discount on Educents.

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Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the award-winning Magic School Bus Science Kits are delivered monthly right to your doorstep. Children will explore science through experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science.

Each kit includes a colorful manual based on The Magic School Bus characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme.

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  • Online Clubhouse for further exploration on each kit topic
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How to Make Homeschool Geography Lessons Stick

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 4:58 pm

How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? It’s so fun imagining all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable US Map can be used in the classroom or at home. All the states, capitols, and geographic information is ready for you to stick on to the map!

Geography Activities to Try:

1. Play “Name That State” with family and friends.

What better way to get the whole family together than a game for kids of all ages. Work in teams or alone to identify states and challenge seasoned family members in lightening fast rounds.

2. Need some direction? Use the compass to have children in the class describe where states are in relation to each other. 

Let your kiddos take turns directing each other around the country by using the directions on the compass. They’ll have an awesome time walking their fingers from east from west in search of the correct state– but be sure to watch out for the oceans!

3. Guess and reveal state capitals by peeling away the brightly colored shapes. 

Remembering capitals can be tricky, but the easy to peel states with state capitals hidden underneath offer up a great way to ditch the flashcards and take the learning to the walls!

4. Keep track of where you’ve been (or where you’re going). 

I love this one! Use the state names to label the states where all of the students in your class have been.

 

   

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Don’t miss out on all this time-saving geography tool.

                       

 

 

Review: Zone Cleaning for Kids is What Every Mom Needs

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The other day my hubby said, “I want you to take a week off school and teach the kids how to clean properly.” Not that our house is exactly a mess or anything, but as a homeschooling mom, cleaning does get pushed to the side more often than I’d like to admit. Around the same time, I noticed the Zone Cleaning Program. When I also noticed it’s made by the same people who make Times Tales, I was sold!

After Zone Cleaning came in the mail, I chose a day for our Cleaning Extravaganza. It could not have gone more perfectly! My kids have had chores since they could talk, pretty much, but Zone Cleaning has taught them how to be more thorough, to clean in a way that doesn’t need to be re-cleaned by me, and it is just a godsend!

I cannot imagine a better spent $20! I am not even kidding– my house looks stellar, and my kids have that feeling of accomplishment, knowing they’ve worked hard and done an amazing job.

I’ve tried chore charts and reward systems, but this is by far the easiest and the most all-encompassing.

 

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The booklet includes a simple visual representation of each step to a clean room. I like that they can check off what needs to be done as it is done – it keeps them from forgetting anything and gives them a sense of accomplishment each time they check something off. (I’m not kidding–even my older kids count off those checks and brag about them!)The rooms included are bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. There are spaces for you to write additional items that are helpful for me, as well. I like that it assigns a day each week to extra jobs like dusting or wiping chairs and cabinets. That way nothing gets out of control, one chore at a time. As a busy mom, this is just what I needed! Cleaning is less of a burden now, and it’s a blessing to be able to look around at a clean home and to relax without feeling like something more needs to be done. A wonderful way to start a new year!

Who’s it for?

Any parents who want their kids to do their chores with a happy heart…. the right way! My kiddos are 8-11, ages I think are ideal for this program, but it could be used with kids as young as 6 through the teen years.

What’s the cost? What’s included?

 

Zone Cleaning for Kids

The cost is $19.95, and you get:

– A fully-laminated flip chart, allowing for all sections to be checked with a dry-erase marker and customized by Mom or Dad with a wet-erase marker.
– Instructional DVD that walks children through the process demonstrating the correct way to complete each task. The DVD also gives parents tips on how to best utilize the program.
– Dry-erase marker.
– Basket labels used for cleaning the bedroom.
– Kid-friendly Cleaning Solutions E-Book filled with frugal, non-toxic cleaners you can make yourself.

YOU CAN BUY ZONE CLEANING BY CLICKING HERE


About the All-Star Blogger

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Celena Marie is a historical fiction writer and graduate school student majoring in Elementary Education. She’s been homeschooling her four kiddos for six years and absolutely loves it!  She blogs about all things ladylike and homeschooling on The Traveling Sisterhood.

 

Last Minute Veteran’s Day Info

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 4:00 am

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Veteran’s Day is observed on November 11 every year.

If you would like to incorporate Veteran’s Day into your Homeschooling endeavors, there is still time!  The Department of Veterans Affairs,  http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/ website contains a Teacher’s Guide, a VA Kid’s Page,  a list of regional observances, and much, much more.

In addition, the link http://www.theteacherscorner.net/seasonal/veterans-day/ has many Veteran’s Day word searches, art projects and more.

 

The Ultimate Guide to the Life of Fred Books

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“Life of Fred” is quickly becoming a buzzword in the educational world. If any child has ever struggled with understanding math concepts, Fred is ready to jump in and help your child remember those tricky math concepts!

So, why are the Life of Fred books gaining popularity? The books follow Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius, during his exciting adventures which encounter every day math situations. Children actually want to read these books. The Life of Fred books were developed by a former high school teacher/college professor, Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt.

The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them. Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions.

Readers claim there are four reasons to choose Fred:

  1.  The books are fun (more on that later).
  2. The Fred stories are clear, and easy to read on your own. Fred books use the self-teaching method. (If your student can’t complete a lesson on his/her own, ask your student to contact the author – Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt will respond!!)
  3. The books are affordable. Prices vary from $5 to $40 per hardcover, illustrated book.
  4. The lessons are comprehensive. Fred teaches more than math. Every book covers English, Science, and real world situations.

Your child can start using these books when it’s time to learn how to read, and your child can continue learning with Fred all the way to college! For a complete overview of the entire collection, check out each series of books below.

Click a title to learn more about each series in the Life of Fred collection: 

Reading: Beginning ReadersLanguage Arts

Math: ElementaryIntermediateIntro to AlgebraPre-AlgebraHigh SchoolCollegeFinances & Entrepreneurship

Science: BiologyPhysicsChemistry


Life of Fred Beginning Readers Series

If your kiddo is just starting to learn to read, add these Life of Fred readers to your at-home library. They are fun to read over and over together. Incorporate Fred in your early reading lessons! The complete set consists of 18 books. Each book contains 32 pages.

Who is it for? Beginning readers (ages 4 and up)

Concepts covered: counting, using a compass, patience, days of the week, colors, shapes, how to make mashed potatoes, how to build a house, and more.

Titles included in the set: Blue, Bus, Lake, Potato Dreams, Ducks, Rain, Mud, Night, Dawn, House, Windows, Kitchen, Electricity, Dinner, Evening, Garden, Peach, and Going Home

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Life of Fred Elementary Math Series

Life Of Fred is like no other math program out there. It’s a story that begins with book one, and continues all the way through high school. It includes every other subject, such as science, history, geography, and more. Each book contains short, 4 to 6-page chapters, and usually is less than 20 chapters per book. This makes it possible for each child to go at a pace comfortable for them.

Who is it for? Kindergarten to 4th grade

Concepts covered: time, types of numbers, geometry, measurement, facts about stars, morse code, geography, adjectives & verbs, patterns, functions, sheet music, seven wonders of the world, math poems, percents, numbers vs. numerals, division, slope of a line, graphing, notation, the improper use of seat belts, how to prove you are not a duck, reducing fractions, and so much more.

Titles in this series: Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming, Goldfish, Honey, Ice Cream, Jelly Beans

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More about the Elementary Math Books:

“This is my first year home schooling and I wish I had found Fred earlier. My son loves to read, so Life of Fred makes math a cinch to teach now.” -Shanna, homeschooler”I see a light shining bright from within my son that was almost extinguished completely. As he watched me place the order for the complete elementary set of Life Of Fred, I said ‘I can’t wait to see how Fred starts, and I want to see how it ends too, so be ready to order more!’ I smiled and assured him that not only would Fred be part of his learning as long as he desired, but that Fred would be gift wrapped for Christmas presents this year for his niece and nephew, my 2 grandchildren. No more costly potholes for this family!!” -Janet, homeschooler

“My granddaughter, who truly dislikes math, always wants to start the day with Fred. I have to stop her after four chapters. She would do the entire book in a day if allowed. I never thought I could use math class as a reward! And she is learning besides.” -Bette, homeschooler

– Life of Fred Elementary Math books are discounted on Educents.com
– Life of Fred Math Books in Carisa’s Homeschool
– The Complete Guide to Using Life of Fred Homeschool Math
– Featured on Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks
– Samples: Apples, Butterflies, Cats


Life of Fred Intermediate Math Series

Designed for students under age 10, but already finished the Life of Fred elementary book series. Best for students who can add, subtract, and who understand multiplication and division.

Who is it for? 3rd to 7th grade

Concepts covered: Milliliters, writing numerals in checks ($4000 and not $40.00), idioms, 1/4 + 1/4 +1/4 = 3/4, elapsed time, metaphors, milligrams and pounds, rounding numbers, three-eights of 19,416, and more!

Titles in this series: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft

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“I was not so sure on these books. I heard a lot of good reviews but after we got them, just skimming through I wasn’t sure my 9 year old daughter would like them. I was WRONG! she really likes them! They move at a pace she likes and being one continuous story about Fred’s life keeps her interested and entertained. We will be back for more soon. She just finished Kidneys and is now on liver.” -Melisa W., Homeschooler

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– Samples: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft


Life of Fred Intro to Algebra Series

If your student can solve these equations: 5 + 8, 8 – 5, 7 times 8, 6231 divided by 93, then he or she is ready for the Fractions title. It also might be time for you to begin using a very basic calculator to complete these lessons.

Who is it for? 6th to 12th grade

Concepts covered: less than, cardinal and ordinal numbers, adding and subtraction fractions, lines of symmetry, geometric figures, circumference, reducing fractions, sets and subsets, probability, consecutive numbers, repeating decimals, area of a triangle, square roots, ordered pairs, and more!

Titles in this series: Fractions, Decimals and Percents

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“My boys really enjoy hearing about the story of Fred’s life. At first it sounded weird, Fred is a 5-year-old math genius, really? It didn’t take long for my boys to get hooked on the Life of Fred books – there’s humor and math woven throughout the story. They always look forward to find out what happens next.” -Joelle, Homeschooler.

Life of Fred Intro to Algebra books are discounted on Educents.com
– How We Use Life of Fred Fractions & Decimals In Our Homeschool
– Samples: Fractions, Decimals and Percents


Life of Fred Pre-Algebra Series

Fred does physics before algebra. What’s the difference between math and physics? In this series, students use math and science to solve quirky, real world scenarios – all while having fun with Fred of course!

Who is it for? 3rd to 7th graders

Concepts covered: numerals, area of a rectangle, the speed of light, nine forms of energy, Hooke’s law, static versus kinetic friction, photosynthesis, metric system, Gregorian calendar, conversion factors, unit analysis, freedom versus liberty, steps in solving word problems, venn diagrams, germination of seeds, digestion, negative numbers, whole numbers, chromosomes, DNA, circumference of a circle, and more!

Titles in this series: Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics, Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology, and Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics

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– Samples: Pre-Algebra 0, Pre-Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra 2


Life of Fred High School Math Series

Life of Fred is preparing for college! In this series, students learn algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a few other lessons from Fred. The Zillions of Practice books are keyed directly to the chapters and topics in the associated book. Each problem is worked out in complete detail to offer additional help for a student who may have gotten stuck along Fred’s mathematical journey.

Who is it for? 8th to 12th grade

Concepts covered: infinite numbers, ratios, graphs, plotting points, averages, multiplying polynomials, solving fractional equations, Pythagorean theorem, milkshake marketing, absolute value, surface area of a cone, imaginary numbers, slopes of perpendicular lines, complex fractions, linear equations, Cramer’s rule, ellipses, graphing in three dimensions, geometric sequences, Pascal’s Triangle, right triangles, quadrilaterals, entrepreneurship, geography of Kansas, piano music, sines, cosines, functions of two angles, a preview of calculus, and more!!

Titles included in the series: Beginning Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Zillions of Practice Problems for Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry

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– Life of Fred High School Math books are discounted on Educents.com
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– Samples: Beginning Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry


Life of Fred Language Arts Series

Each book contains 19 cohesive lessons on grammar, language, writing, common mistakes, and basically the entire English language. The creator suggests doing these four books once every year during your students’ high school years.

Who is it for? 5th to 12th graders

Concepts covered: the seven parts of speech, punctuation, spelling, similes, silent letters, rules for making outlines, the difference between a metaphor and metonymy, and so much more.

Titles included in the series: Australia, Begin Teaching, Classes, Dreams

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– Samples: Australia, Begin Teaching, Classes, Dreams


Life of Fred Chemistry

In a single lecture hour, Fred completes a whole year of high school chemistry.

Who is it for? 8th grade to college

Concepts covered: exponents, atoms, conversion factors, mass vs. weight, Avogadro’s number, Kelvin scale, atomic number, isotopes, compounds, noble gasses, finding the atomic mass, early chemistry, oxidation numbers, balancing equation, and more!

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“It’s solid science presented in a way that’s understandable, not intimidating, and fun. You learn math, you learn history and you learn science, all through the Life of Fred – through his experiences and teachings.” -Lisa, Homeschooler

“It reads like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but the chemistry is solid.” -Lisa’s husband, PhD in Analytical Chemistry

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Life of Fred College Math Series


Who is it for? 9th grade to adultsThis series is geared toward advanced high school math students, students preparing for college, or any adult who wants to brush up on their math skills while reading fun stories. Students will learn calculus, statistics, linear algebra, and advanced math puzzles (equations, not word problems).

Concepts covered: functions, speed, slope, curvature, polar coordinates, Bayes’ Theorem, probability, descriptive statistics, field guides, solving systems of equations, vector spaces, linear functionals, math theory, abstract arithmetic, and more!

Titles included in the series: Calculus, Statistics, Linear Algebra, and Five Days of Upper Division Math

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– Life of Fred College Math books are discounted on Educents.com
– Featured on Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks
– Samples: Calculus, Statistics, Linear Algebra, Upper Division Math


Life of Fred Financial Choices

Let Fred help you teach your children about financial management, decisions, and choices. It’s very likely that you, the adult, will pick up a tip or two while teaching.

Who is it for? Useful for middle school kids all the way to adults

Concepts covered: entrepreneurship, spending, investing, retirement, debt, calculating interest, how to start a business, insurance, taxes, real estate, successful spending habits, stocks, mortgages, REITS, mutual funds, and more!

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– Reader reviews on HomeschoolReviews.com

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