"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
'Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.'"

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Living Math--Life of Fred

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.

2 comments:

Cheryl said...

Go Fred!

Jimmie said...

Glad to read you like it. It's on my wishlist. :-)