by Valerie J.
My daughter "LOVES" Life of Fred! I've even found myself giggling as I read the math lessons. When she finished this book last year, she wanted to read the next one, even if she had to reread it the next school year. I inner library loaned some lower levels for her to read and work through. She enjoyed them but already covered the material in Abeka.
If your child enjoys reading and wants to understand when they would ever have to use math, then give Life of Fred a try. I don't have to be involved in her learning math because she basically learns on her own. She did have a problem that we couldn't find the answer to or figure out. So, we e-mailed the author and he promptly replied that morning. He corrected our thought pattern to help her understand how to answer the problem. I didn't fully understand, but my daughter did! She even took the time to make a new problem and teach me.
She is currently working through Beginning Algebra and looking forward to arithmetic everyday. She has expressed her desire to continue using it through out high school. It's not for everyone, but I am so happy that we gave it a try. Abeka had her in tears year after year and it wasn't getting any better.
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