The Ultimate Guide to Life of Fred for Homeschooling


Math has never been my favorite subject. I’ve always preferred words over numbers. My oldest daughter has inherited that trait from me. I don’t want her to develop a lack of confidence in her ability just because math isn’t our favorite thing. For the middle school years, I decided to look for a different approach to math and I found Life of Fred. We’re using the Pre-Algebra set this year.

Life of Fred is no longer just for math either. He now has a series for beginning readers, for science, and for language arts. Kids from preschool to college can benefit from the lessons in the Life of Fred series.

The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Life of Fred

“Life of Fred” is quickly becoming a buzzword in the homeschooling 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!

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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.

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

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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

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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:

  • Life of Fred Elementary Math books are discounted on Educents.com
  • “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
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  • Samples: Apples, Butterflies, Cats

Life of Fred Intermediate Math Series

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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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More about the Intermediate Math Books:

  • Life of Fred Intermediate Math books are discounted on Educents.com
  • “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
  • Samples: Kidneys, Liver, Mineshaft

Life of Fred Intro to Algebra Series

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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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Life of Fred Pre-Algebra Series

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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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Life of Fred High School Math Series

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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 Language Arts Series

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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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Life of Fred Chemistry

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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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More about the Chemistry book:

  • Life of Fred Chemistry book is discounted on Educents.com
  • “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
  • Sample of the Chemistry Book

Life of Fred College Math Series

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This 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).

Who is it for? 9th grade to adults

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 Financial Choices

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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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Have you tried any of the Life of Fred books in your homeschool?


Sara (101 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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PlanItWisely Student Information System {review}


If you’ve been homeschooling for longer than a year or so, you’ve probably tried many different types of planners. When it comes to planners, there are so many options out there that it can be difficult to find just the right one for you. I think that’s why reviews can come in handy, so I took the opportunity to try out and review PlanItWisely Student Information System online planner.

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PlanItWisely Student Information System

How PlanItWisely Works

PlanItWisely is an online planning system to keep complete student records and create transcripts. It can work for the whole family within just one account. It’s cloud-based so you can use it from any computer with nothing to install.

With one login, you can manage all your students, whether you’re running a small co-op or using it for your own children in your homeschool. Set-up takes a little bit of time to input your students’ names, grade levels, course of study/subjects, and resources. These are referred to as Events. I would recommend setting aside an hour to get familiar with it when you first begin. Once that initial information is done, using the program and setting up recurring entries or switching around times within the schedule is fairly straightforward.

iHomeEducator Educational Apps, the creator of PlanItWisely, has put together a series of very helpful tutorial videos and hints for users. Take advantage of these videos and you’ll be up and running in no time. They also have a blog where they highlight different features of the system, as well as answer frequently asked questions.


My Favorite Features

  1. Different views: You can choose how you want to view your plans on the screen — either daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, by student, or by subject. I find myself going back and forth between those views when planning.
  2. Drag and Drop: This really simplifies the process when you want to move things around from day to day or change the time of an event. It makes it so quick and easy to select an event and drag it to the correct place on the schedule.
  3. Color coding: Student events/subjects can be color coded so it’s easier to distinguish between them when looking at the calendar overview.
  4. Cloud-based: I don’t like being tied to the computer all the time while I’m teaching my girls. I like the fact that I can use PlanItWisely from the desktop computer or the laptop, depending on where we are and what we’re doing. It automatically saves and syncs so I don’t have to worry about it.
  5. Budget and resources tracking: I like this feature so I can keep track of what I have and what I need to buy, as well as staying on budget.

Subscription Plans

PlanItWisely is available in monthly ($4.99) or yearly ($49.90 regularly, currently on sale for $39.90) subscriptions. Both options include the following:

  • 1st Month Free Trial
  • No Setup Fees
  • Up to 30 Users
  • Unlimited scheduler events
  • Unlimited grade records
  • Unlimited attendance records
  • Unlimited transcript records
  • Unlimited inventory resources
  • Dedicated database
  • Dedicated sub-domain


If you’re looking for an organized system to keep records and help you create transcripts for your high school students, PlanItWisely might be just what you need. It is a thorough and full-featured system for keeping track of multiple students. It would also work well for co-op teachers or private school teachers. If you live in a state that requires stricter record-keeping like attendance, grades, and more, PlanItWisely has you covered.

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You can learn more about PlanItWisely on their blog, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Happy Homeschooling,


Sara (101 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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5 Things We Like about Worldkids Magazine in our Homeschool


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Magazine subscriptions for kids and teens are very limited. We love to read in our family, but I’m selective about our options, especially when it comes to magazines. I want something that respects our Christian worldview and isn’t just mindless entertainment. We avoid the fluff and “Hollywood” type magazines that don’t serve any educational purpose.

If you’re looking for something edifying and safe for your children to read, yet will still keep them up-to-date with current world events and educational topics, I recommend the family of magazines from World News Group. We had the chance to review a digital issue of Worldkids for elementary-age readers.

5 Reasons we like to use Worldkids Magazine in our homeschool

5 Things We Like About Worldkids Magazine

1. It’s age-appropriate. The writing is aimed to a specific age group so kids can read independently and really enjoy the magazine. This gives them a sense of ownership with the information they’re learning, which encourages independent learning and critical thinking skills.

2. It’s educational. The information is interesting and useful, covering a wide variety of topics and subjects of study. There are articles on geography, science, worldview, arts and cultures, and more. It is well-rounded educational reading material.

3. It’s engaging. This is not just dry text to read. The stories ask questions and encourage further reading and investigation of the topics presented.

4. It’s “unplugged” time spent reading. I know that my daughters like to get mail, so it’s fun to look forward to getting a magazine just for them in our mailbox. Many parents are looking for ways to get their kids engaged in reading while spending time off of the computer and tablets.

5. It has a companion website with expanded activities, puzzles, games, and learning opportunities. This might seem contradictory to #4, but it’s actually a good complement to the magazine. It’s a safe and educational site so I feel good about my kids using it. I also appreciate the Christian worldview that is reinforced by using these resources.

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Bonus: The magazine is available in two other formats — God’s Big World and Worldteens. The topics covered are similar, but at age-appropriate levels. For instance, the September issue features stories of redwood forests in all three magazines, but the older levels are more in-depth while the youngest level features photos and a basic introduction to what redwood trees are. I think it’s a great way to have the whole family involved in similar learning activities at the same time.

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Sara (101 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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