Thursdays, and Tuesdays when co-op is not in session, are our alternative approach days, as I like to call them, when we set aside our regular curriculum for some other way of learning subjects. For math, Ds#1 really enjoys Life of Fred: Fractions.
This book is about the life of a 5-1/2 year old math professor, and through his story Ds#1 is learning about fractions. This story is so quirky and funny, yet instructive, that Ds#1 finds it a joy to work through. And for only $19 including shipping, it is a very affordable math supplement.
Fractions is the first level, and you child should have mastered the four basic arithmetic functions. Next is Decimals & Percentages, followed by all the math a child needs for high school: Beginning Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Statistics. These books are not meant to take an entire year to complete, yet they cover the core of what is taught in upper grades.
The Life of Fred books make a great middle and high school living math core.
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