Buyer’s Guide to the Complete Life of Fred Series

Unless you’re new to homeschooling, chances are, you have already heard about the “Life of Fred”. This series has grown so much in popularity that it has become the new buzzword in the homeschooling world. For any child struggling to understand math concepts, Fred is ever ready to jump in and help!

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You may be wondering why the Life of Fred books are so popular. If you’ve never heard of them, here a little about the background:

The books follow the life of Fred Gauss, child prodigy and math genius. During his exciting adventures, he encounters everyday math situations that he needs to solve. These books have been so successful at engaging the reader that children actually want to read them!

These books are perfect to start with children learning how to read. The series continues to grow with your children and they can follow Fred all the way up to college!

For a complete overview of the entire collection, check out each Life of Fred series 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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These Life of Fred readers are perfect for kids just starting to learn how to read. Not only are they are fun to read over and over together, you can also incorporate Fred in your early reading lessons! The complete set comprises of 18 books with each book containing 32 pages.

Who it’s 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 include: 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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There is no other math program out there quite like the Life Of Fred. This series is unique because it follows your child right from the beginning with basic math concepts and continues all the way through to high school. These books include every other subject, from science and history to geography and language arts. Each book contains less than 20 chapters of about 4 to 6 pages each, making it possible for children to work at a pace they are comfortable with.

Who is it for? Kindergarten to Grade 4.

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

Buy NowWhat homeschoolers are saying:

“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

“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

“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

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Life of Fred Intermediate Math Series


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the Intermediate Math Series is designed for students under 10 years who have already finished the Life of Fred elementary book series. These are ideal for students who already understand basic arithmetic – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Who is it for? Grade 3 to 7.

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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What homeschoolers are saying:

“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.

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Life of Fred Intro to Algebra Series


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The Life of Fred Intro into Algebra books are for kids who can solve these equations: 5 + 8, 8 – 5, 7 times 8, 6231 divided by 93.

Who is it for? Grade 6 to 12.

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

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Life of Fred Pre-Algebra Series


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In the Life of Fred, it’s physics before algebra. 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? Grade 3 to 7.

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 and his mathematical journey continues through high school with six titles during which he learns why you can’t divide by zero, about venn diagrams, Cramer’s rule, four-dimensional geometry, and practices those concepts zillions of time in two supplemental titles. 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? Grade 8 to 12.

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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This Life of Fred series is geared toward teenage learners to sharpen grammar, spelling, reading & writing skills with history, science and math lessons inserted along the way. Each book contains 19 cohesive lessons on grammar, language, writing, common mistakes, and basically the entire English language. Life of Fred creator suggests doing these four books once every year during your children’s high school years.

Who is it for? Grade 5 to 12.

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 this series, math prodigy Fred is diving in to the subject of Chemistry. In Life of Fred Chemistry, join Fred as he explores the periodic table, supervise high school lab experiments, learn to weigh helium, and more!

Who is it for? Grade 8 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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What the experts are saying:

“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


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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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