A Look Inside Life of Fred Language Arts


Have you found a Language Arts program that works well for your middle or high school students? I’ve been looking into Life of Fred because I’ve heard so many good things about it. I found this basic overview to be helpful in getting a better idea of how it works.

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Life of Fred is a fictional narrative that introduces students to essential concepts in a fun and easy way. Kids really love reading the Fred books. The Language Arts Series covers concepts on spelling, grammar, punctuation and more. Life of Fred Language Arts - Educents Blog This series is best suited for middle school and high school students. The books can be re-read once every year to ensure total comprehension of all the concepts covered. Lessons include the seven parts of speech, punctuation, spelling, similes, silent letters, and so much more. Why these books WORK:

  • Language Arts concepts are weaved throughout a fictional narrative about Fred, the 5-year-old math prodigy. The books read like storybooks, but have meaningful lessons embedded within the stories.
  • Every chapter is a daily lesson that only takes about 20 to 30 minutes to read and complete.
  • At the end of every chapter, there is an opportunity for students to practice the concepts covered during Fred’s adventure.
  • The Language Arts Series can be re-read once a year to keep concepts fresh in students’ minds.
  • Kids want to actually read these books – they are so fun!

Take a Look Inside Life of Fred Language Arts What customers are saying about the Life of Fred Language Arts Series: “This is a wonderful series. While it is presented in a silly, quirky manner it has a good coverage of grammar, and then some. It is an engaging story that helps you relate what you are learning to ‘real’ life.” – Educents customer
“My kids love this series. We started with Elementary Math and have used Fred for our entire schooling. Hands down, the best curriculum we have found.” -Christian Life of Fred Language Arts Books - Educents The Life of Fred Language Arts Series includes four titles: Australia, Begin Teaching, Classes, and Dreams. Here are a few examples of the concepts covered in each book. In Life of Fred: Australia, students will learn… -The difference between a hemistich and heteronym -What these abbreviations mean: p.s. ps ps. and Ps. -How to experience two summers and no winters each year In Life of Fred: Begin Teaching, students Life of Fred - respond to the story Educents Blogwill learn… -The uses of 12 tenses in English -The 16 ways to make plurals -Why “since” is a dangerous word In Life of Fred: Classes, students will learn… -The six rules for hyphenating compound adjectives -How the three moods in English are used -The four uses of italics In Life of Fred: Dreams, students will learn…-The three uses of a dash -How to pronounce “viz” -The difference between metaphor and metonymy.

Check out the Language Arts books and the entire Life of Fred collection offered at the best price on Educents!



Sara (150 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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June Means Homeschool Graduation

Year-round homeschoolers, that’s us. We take two full months off during the year officially: June and December. There are plenty of times throughout the year that we also take off of school- the week before Thanksgiving, all birthdays, days or weeks when we are taking road trips or family/friends are visiting- but generally, it’s keep on, keeping on.

This June will be the end of one of my kiddos’ homeschooling journey. She officially/technically graduated in September 2014 so that she could move on to her college classes {too long of a story to relate here; suffice to say rules/regulations for teens taking college classes are a little ridiculous}, but she *really* graduates June 2015. If she gets her work finished that is. *wink*


What do we have planned? What do others’ plan to do for graduations? I’m such a poor example for this. I graduated from public high school 6 months later than I should have {another long story that involved many decisions that twisted my path}. The small group I graduated with had a little ceremony to recognize our special day. But honestly, it wasn’t *that* special.

Maybe I’m just weird. I didn’t need/want to wear the cap and gown or have my name called to tell the audience I’d graduated. {I also never wanted to go -and didn’t go- to school dances.} I did go through with the little grad ceremony all for the sake of my family. They thought it quite a big deal.

When I graduated with my BA from college, I sort of felt like I wanted to walk. But I’m a distance education student and never physically attended my campus. Walking with all the others sort of felt weird to me. So I decided not to do it. Many of my family didn’t understand why I didn’t go. I’m coming up on my M.Ed degree completion, and I won’t walk for it either.

Like I said, maybe I’m just weird.

Now it’s my daughter’s turn to graduate high school…and I’m a little torn here. She wants a big hoopla to-do. I don’t want to disappoint but I don’t know what to do for it! I don’t want her to be disappointed but geez, she’s already in college.

Since I do not know what to do for my first homeschool graduate, I browsed the Homeschool Post for previous posts about this topic.

I did also hop onto Pinterest to see what would come up when I put in “homeschool graduation”. Here are just a few that I clicked on:

Now, so you don’t think I’m just going to ignore the whole thing: I have already ordered {and received} her high school diploma and tassel. Those were ordered in her choice of colors {royal blue and white}. Also we will have a special dinner, either at home or out, of her choice. I’d love to invite some of her friends over for a small graduation party. Nothing huge and no outrageous decorations.

After all of this thinking {stressing?} and writing this up, I realized a very important detail. My daughter is an introvert! If I were to plan a big celebration she’d die from exhaustion afterwards. So maybe my simple-is-good plan will work out well after all.

What are you planning to do for your high school homeschool graduate?

{Or if you’ve been-there-done-that, share what you did!}


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North Laurel (36 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel's Musings.

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Defining Success in Your Home School

What does it mean to succeed? What does it mean to be successful and how do you measure success in your home school?

Do you measure success by how much your children accomplished today, this week, this month? It’s still early in the traditional school year. Do you feel ahead of the game, right on track, behind?

Do you issue grades as a benchmark of success? Maybe grades help you assess a child’s progress in a particular area, or you’re required by your state to keep them.

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Here’s a big one for those of us with older children with college in sight. Is acceptance to a college, especially a well-regarded one, a mark of success (or failure) on your child’s homeschool career, or do you feel it’s more of a commentary on your success (or failure) as a homeschool parent? After all, I’ve been asked this question more than once: “Why did you decide to homeschool? What about college?”

I’m posing these questions to our readers, because I have been asking them lately of myself. The institutionalized learning that we’ve rejected by opting out of the school system also applies to higher learning. A college education is no longer a guarantee of financial success, in fact, a case could be made that traditional, Industrial Age education is dead in all its forms, including college.

What ramifications does this have for our way of thinking, steeped in the belief that a college education defines whether or not our children have made it safely to adulthood and have the tools they need to become financially independent? If our homeschooled kids don’t make it to college, have we failed them academically and socially? How will they otherwise learn to function in the world and become self-sustaining and self-supporting?

The answer lies in our personal definition of success. In our culture, success usually means keeping up with the Joneses Facebook Page (just remember, Facebook shows faces not lives!). Homes, cars, vacations, elaborate parties–it’s a lot to measure up to.

While there’s nothing wrong with financial success (in fact I advocate it), success as a human being is far more complex than an individual’s net worth. Many homeschool graduates end up starting their own businesses because they don’t find traditional paths to be appealing. And why should we expect anything less? We’ve helped them take a non-traditional path in the early years, it should come as no surprise if they choose to stay on that path. Success also encompasses feelings of satisfaction, personal accomplishment, attaining and setting new goals, relationships with others, giving back to the community, being a good friend, son, daughter, neighbor. We can value and model all of these things within our families and in our home schools.

To quote Charlotte Mason:

“The question is not—how much does the youth know when he has finished his education—but how much does he care? And about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? And, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”

Having said all this, it’s likely my children will choose college (more and more colleges accept homeschoolers with open arms), but we still have a few years until those decisions are made. However, I need to be ever mindful that if one of my children does not choose college, I hope it will be a reflection of their ability to make wise choices for themselves and not follow a prescribed path simply because others have done it. I can hear the voices in my head now–of family and friends who don’t homeschool, “See, homeschool doesn’t prepare a child for college!” Those voices are my problem, and I can’t make them my kids’.

Do your kids, especially your high school age children, see college in their futures? Are you worried if they will be prepared? What do you do to alleviate those fears? If they don’t choose college, will you be ok with it?

Leave us a comment; we’d love to know what you think!

Angela (30 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .

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