18 Curriculum Resources for Homeschoolers

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Are you looking for a comprehensive homeschool curriculum that’s prepared with multiple subjects, or do you desire to supplement the curriculum you already have with additional trusted homeschool resources?  You’ve come to the right place because this is a list of top homeschool curriculum that has been used and approved by thousands of homeschoolers.

18 Curriculum Resources for Homeschoolers

Times Tales

Kids will learn their times tables in an hour… for real!

If your kids aren’t quite “getting it” when it comes to the multiplication tables, use this supplemental multiplication resource. Times Tales is a very popular series of videos and games that use stories to help kids memorize their upper times tables.

Times Tales is a great example of a program that uses both stories and visuals to make learning the upper times tables easy and fun for kids. The video’s cute, simple stories provide students with a “memory peg,” allowing them to quickly recall otherwise abstract multiplication facts.

Here’s what one mom says about Times Tales: “Listen – Times Tales is amazing. If I can sit down with my son for an hour, or for two half-hours; follow-up for 15-minute sessions and he still knows the information; then anyone can do this.”

Maestro Classics Music Collection

Help your children foster an appreciation for music.

Maestro Classics prides itself on musical representations of classic stories. One of the most classic of these stories is “The Tortoise and the Hare,” which is entertaining and provides a good lesson about achieving goals by moving at a slow and steady pace.

Stephen Simon directs truly amazing work and with included activity books, your students can get the story behind the music!

One homeschool mom said, “I wanted to teach my kids music appreciation, but I don’t have a lot of background in it myself. These CDs have filled my need – the booklets provide information about the composers, the cultural background of the piece, information about the instruments, and activities.”

Complete Curriculum Digital Textbooks

A comprehensive and affordable homeschool curriculum.

This homeschool curriculum package covers every grade and subject for Kindergarten through 5th grade, complete with a teacher’s manual. If you’re looking for a first step in your homeschool curriculum, this is comprehensive package that you can build your lessons off of.
The digital curriculum includes many interactive activities that reinforce every subject – from language arts to social studies. The science experiments are especially hands-on, and include fun activities at every grade level.

One homeschool mom said, “My kids are really loving these texts. I’m able to teach all three of my kids with these texts and know that we’re good for the next couple of years at least.”

LearnToMod Minecraft

Add basic programming skills to your homeschool curriculum.

Sharpen your child’s computer and critical thinking skills using your their favorite video game. This Minecraft program allows for users to modify the game through computer programming and helps them learn JavaScript. These “mods” are quite popular and help Minecraft players take the game to the next level.
Why add computer programming to your homeschool curriculum? Professions in computer science are not only some of the highest paying jobs out there, they are also some of the highest satisfaction jobs!

“One thing I love about LearnToMod is that each lesson is very focused on a specific task to teach. This makes the lessons short, easy to understand, and easy to put into practice. This is really important for my highly distractible kiddo. Each lesson includes a short video and step by step instructions that help him stay on task.”

Learn Math Fast

Use pennies to teach tough math concepts!

This homeschool math program makes math learning fun and easy. The Learn Math Fast System teaches 1st to 12th grade math with a unique approach, making it possible for students to start over from the beginning and still advance several grade levels in just one year.

Perfect for struggling students and gifted students. The older you are the faster you’ll learn. If your homeschool kid hates math or is struggling to retain math lessons – this program is worth checking out.

“I have been very pleased with this math system. I never expected it to make such an extreme difference! My 8 yr old son has never completed a page of anything without being prompted to ‘move onto the next problem/question.’ He does some pages for ‘fun.’ I can’t say enough how pleased I am to have this system. Love it.” – Charlie, Homeschooler

Online Autism Training Course

Learn new strategies to empower your student.

This Autism training is helpful for all educators who work with students that have Autism, or to family members of children with Autism. This course is also helpful to individuals who are studying to become an educator.
The comprehensive 9-part training program covers topics pertaining to the implementation of basic Austism training methods.

“Information of ABA has empowered me to help my child overcome trial and obtain new skills. Our relationship is now strong and we have a much improved quality of life since we communicate well and interact more. This training is absolutely vital for parents of children with autism to understand. We are very lucky to Have Special Learning!”

Bank It! Money Management Game

Teach kids to save money and shop wisely.

Manage your money wisely and shop for a good bargain while saving money for your bike! Bank It! introduces concepts of saving, interest, and giving. Up to 4 players can play this board game that develops skills in counting money, decision making, and mindful spending.

Perfect for kids ages 8 and up. This board game is a great way to show kids how to manage their allowance, or start a conversation about family budgeting. If your homeschool kid wants a job, this is a great way to prepare them for earning money (and saving it!).

One homeschool mom suggests you replace the play money with real coins and dollars to prepare kids to handling money!

Hooked on Phonics Reading Kit

Learn to read in 20 minutes a day!

Because kids learn in different ways, this program includes a variety of multi-sensory tools that appeal to visual, auditory, and experience-based learners. With the Hooked on Phonics® step-by-step approach, kids learn about letters and sounds, learn how to put them together to form words, and then read great stories and books.

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Each lesson takes about 20 minutes, making the complete Learn to Read kit perfect for parents and homeschoolers looking for an effortless reading program for children ages 3 to 8.

“I’m SO glad I bought this kit! My daughter has had such a great time working with the program (which was a bonus to me) and she’s now reading!”

Anatomy Adventure Series

A monthly science & history adventure delivered to your door!

Each Know Yourself Adventure is anchored by an educational comic book highlighting anatomy, history, and civic engagement. These comic books, together with an adventure guide and other cool stuff will introduce kids to foundational learning about the systems of the human body through collaborative, hands-on, STEAM-based activities and side by side learning.

Delivered monthly, each Know Yourself Adventure includes a Time Skaters comic, science experiments and corresponding materials, historical lessons and healthy recipes.

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“These books are very colorful. My kids like to look at them and they don’t even realize that they are learning. The books make it very easy to learn a large amount of information easily.” -Katie L.

ShillerMath

A research-based math curriculum with music, manipulatives & more!

ShillerMath publishes research-based curricula, music, manipulatives, flashcards, and workbooks for students of ages 4-13 (including pre-K and pre-Algebra), with beautifully designed lessons, diagnostic tests with answer keys, songs, and Montessori-based manipulatives. No Montessori or math/language arts knowledge is required and there’s zero lesson preparation – just read (or have your child read) what’s in quotes and you’re good to go!

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Students using this approach consistently outperform their peers. ShillerMath includes authoritative materials and lessons used by thousands of Montessori schools worldwide and is the curriculum of choice for thousands of homes and classrooms nationwide.

“This is our third year of ShillerMath! After a previous experience with math in a school setting, I never expected math to be my daughter’s favorite subject or to be a source of confidence for her.”

College Prep Genius

Make sure your homeschooled teen is putting their best foot forward on college applications.

College Prep Genius provides an eCourse on how to ace the SAT and other standardized tests. 85% of colleges admit and give money based on the SAT so learn to answer questions in 30 seconds or less and raise your score high to get scholarships!
There are 12 easy self-directed/mom-friendly lessons. Each lesson is 45-60 minutes with a complete step by step homework guide. Students have raised their test scores as much as 600 points, become National Merit Scholars and gone to Ivy-League colleges for free. Test prep can be used as an elective on your student’s high school transcript.

“My son was told he would never go to college because of his low test scores after 3 attempts. We heard Jean at a local event and after the program, Buddy raised his SAT score 600 points and received $230,000 to Brown University!-Thank You So Much!”-Joe Y. Keene, TX

Free Math Games by TeachMe

Take your child’s math skills to a new level with these fun games.

Math Games combines interactive skill testing questions with exciting games to cover the full range of math skills, taking practice through play to an entirely new level! Parents and teachers have access to progress reports, individualized learning plans, and student management tools to facilitate truly innovative digital learning without all the time consuming grading and overhead.
Practicing math through play is the most engaging way to reach today’s modern student. It really combined technology with learning in a way that captures attention and builds a sense of fun of learning. These games make learning fun!

Sanela posted on Edmodo, “I want my students to have fun while learning and this is the thing. Kids love games, and now they love math games.”

The Fresh 20 Homeschool Meal Planning

Homeschool meal planning with fresh, nutritious ingredients and easy to follow recipes.

The Fresh 20 is a meal planning service created for busy families who want to eat fresh, healthy food without the stress of “what’s for dinner?” Meal plans rely on just 20 fresh, seasonal ingredients per week and are created by a professional chef who utilizes each ingredient to make meals that are high on taste and low on budget.

Each week you get a prep guide, shopping list and original recipes everyone will enjoy (even picky eaters). We offer Classic, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Paleo meal plans to cater to your family’s specific dietary requirements.

“The meals are amazing. My husband loves that almost every night is a new recipe, and my shopping budget is always less when I “shop The Fresh 20.” ~Jillian, PA

Red Apple Reading

Sharpen your child’s reading skills with these fun lessons and games!

Get the most value for your child learning to read with Red Apple Reading. Fun, safe, effective and robust, this program includes over 100 hours of game-based learning, teaches phonics, phonemic awareness, sight words, vocabulary, fluency and reading comprehension while your child plays games and learns at his/her own pace!

Uses proven research-based practices and was developed by a team of educational experts! Practice with 50+ original storybooks and printable support material. Works on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, and comes with a 30 day no hassle money-back guarantee. Start your child learning to read today!

 

“I have to limit how long the girls spend and how many lessons they can do. I’ve seen tremendous strides. The confidence surprises me daily. If you are looking for extra help when it comes to getting young kids reading, I very much recommend giving Red Apple Reading a try.”

VideoText Interactive Math

Foster independent learning with these videos for middle and high school math.

Recommended by Dr. Jay Wile of Apologia Science as “…truly, the best that I have seen,” VideoText Math specializes in multi-media programs for middle & high school mathematics (Pre-Algebra through Pre-Calculus).

Focusing on the “why” behind concepts, video lessons are supported by notes, worktexts, tests, step-by-step solution guides, and a toll-free helpline for additional support. While parents and students are often frightened by the prospect of teaching high school mathematics, VideoText Algebra and Geometry programs are the perfect solution for continuing home education. Visit our website to request a FREE sampler DVD or login with guest access to VideoText Online!

“After completing the VideoText Algebra course in 1.5 years, my 13 yo son took the college Algebra CLEP test and passed! Through the clear video instruction and the practice problems, quizzes, and tests, he learned the algebraic concepts quite thoroughly. Many thanks to all of you at VideoText!” -Jill H.

Wings to Soar Online Academy

Fill in your student’s learning gaps.

Is your child struggling with reading, spelling, writing, or math? Are you starting to worry your “late-bloomer” actually has a real problem needing intervention? Does your teenager need more independence? Are you feeling less confident to teach certain subjects?

Wings to Soar Online Academy specializes in helping dyslexics and other outside-the-box learners gain skills and confidence through custom Path to Success™ Learning Plans for K-12th. Enroll in just targeted intervention on up to full enrollment. Get started with your free Just-Right Level™ Assessments today!

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“Wings to Soar supports children with learning differences to fill in any gaps in their learning in a fun way. It brought me peace of mind to know that I had a professional, who was very affordable compared with a therapist, helping me to meet their learning needs.” Liz M.

School of Rock

Learn to rock your world.

The School of Rock has a unique approach to teaching music that helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. The performance program gives every kid who participates the opportunity to work with a team and perform live in front of an audience. And along the way, they learn to work toward a goal, go outside their comfort zone, and kill a riff from their favorite song. Visit School of Rock’s website for more info on programs, camps for all ages, and click here to browse their 27 locations and find a school nearest you!

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“My son has been involved with School of Rock for two years and it is wonderful. He is learning musical skills, but also being exposed to lots of great music. The instructors are talented, encouraging and great communicators and the other students become friends fast.” -Megan

Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues

In one of the most creative and educational coding games for kids, as a member of Nancy Drew’s De-TECH-Tive crew, choose disguises, find clues, and program your robot puppy to solve the mystery of a missing project at the Tech Fair.

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The coding challenges increase as the story progresses and leads to a Super Coder award. Not only is it a great way for girls to get some basic education on coding skills and knowledge, but it’s also a great way to keep them entertained and challenged.

“An amazing introduction to teach kids coding in an easy, approachable way.” – The Toy Insider

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Art Books for Homeschooling: Review & Giveaway

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I was very excited to get the book ‘Art Parts’ by Kim Bogren Owen. It is a very simple overview of art and what it is. For parents like me who don’t necessarily know much about art (I’m more of a math and science kind of girl) and not sure where to begin, this book is a great introduction.

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ART PARTS: A Child’s Introduction to the Elements of Art

by Kim Bogren Owen

Illustrated by: Kay, TJ, Maddie, Stephanie, Darin, Abi, Timothy, Kaila, and Zac

 A Book that Introduces the Elements of Art to Children

 Using simple text and children’s art, Art Parts: A Child’s Introduction to the Elements of Art introduces children to 6 elements of art.  Designed for children between the ages of 2 and 8, it includes blank pages after each element where children can experiment with the concepts of line, color, shape, texture, space, and emotion.

 These blank pages allow children to personalize the book making it a keepsake to treasure, and a wonderful gift for a special child in your life.  It would, also, be a great asset to any classroom to add to the art center with materials that allow children to investigate the elements of art.

 In addition, Art Parts includes an activities page to expand on concepts in the book for parents and teachers to use.  These activities include suggestions for special projects, as well as things parents and teachers can do during everyday routines.

 Five percent of the profits from Art Parts is donated to Reach Out and Read.

Get free lesson plan ideas for using “Art Parts” here.

Normally I just give my kids paint or markers and paper and let them go crazy, but this book helped me to separate out the different elements of art and talk about lines, space, colors, shapes, textures and feelings so we could experiment with each one separately before combining them. We also learned a lot of new vocabulary that we can use when describing art or talking about art.  “Art Parts’ is a very nice book. I love the included art pictures by other kids.

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It was less intimidating (I think) for my preschoolers to see those rather than perfect paintings by adults. My kids and I enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it. I would definitely recommend it to others who would like to introduce simple art concepts to their preschoolers but are not sure how to start.

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‘Orchids’ by Kim Bogren Owen is a wonderful book for preschoolers. It’s beautiful illustrations, engaging, short sentences and descriptive style even captured the attention of my wiggly three-year-old. It has easy to understand, simple language but it was very informative. I even learned a few new things!

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ORCHIDS

by Kim Bogren Owen

Photography by Amber Owen, Ron Hanko, and Mike Pearson

The perfect book for a young orchid or flower enthusiast, as well as for the parent who is a  lover of orchids, Orchids features beautiful photographs that bring the beauty and appeal of orchids to life. In addition to introducing children to the diversity of orchids, this book introduces simple science concepts.  Developed for children between the ages of 2 and 8, the concepts  in this books include opposites, diversity, pollination, and symmetry.

This book includes a page with ideas for activities that expand on the concepts introduced in Orchids.  These activities include simple art projects, as well as conversation starters to make the concepts meaningful to young children.

 Five percent of profits from Orchids are donated to Reach Out and Read.

Get FREE lesson plan idea for using “Orchids” here.

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This book included a very good introduction to pollination, growing seeds, and other math and science concepts like symmetry, color, shape, size and function of different orchid flowers. And it did this without boring or overwhelming my two kids (4 and 3).

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In fact, I was surprised that the kids were interested and stopped me often to asked questions and point things out to me. At the end it also made the different kinds of orchids relative to people. They are all different, just like us! Overall I was impressed with the quality, writing style and illustrations in this book.

In summary, it is obvious the author knows her audience and understands how to capture their attention. The books are beautiful and interesting and don’t shy away from using “big words” with little kids. I like how they introduce new vocabulary and ideas in a fun, engaging way and keeps the kids’ attention. I recommend this book for anyone who has or works with a child of preschool or elementary school age.

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About Kim Bogren Owen 

Kim Bogren Owen has worked in Early Childhood Education since 1988 in a variety of programs and roles from teacher to coach to Quality Initiative Coordinator. As part of that work, she learned to tell and make up stories for the children in her care which started her passion for writing. She brings her expertise as an educator and love of working with children to her books.

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Is An All-In-One Curriculum Right for You?

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Like a warm security blanket, the all-in-one curriculum arrives at a new homeschooling parent’s door.

For this parent, the thought of having to put together a curriculum from different sources seems impossible. There are so many, with so many different methodologies. Volumes and volumes have been written about how to homeschool and which curriculums are best. How can one choose?

With an all-in-one curriculum, the choices are already made. The lesson plans are done, the schedules are decided, and everything the teacher needs can be found in one box, saving time and preparation. The nervous new teacher can pull everything out, look it over and get started the next day.

The publishers of these curriculums – A Beka Book, Bob Jones University Press, Calvert, Oak Meadow, Sonlight, to name a few – have earned solid and respected reputations, making newbies feel more confident as they march into this uncharted territory called homeschooling, armed with extensive teacher’s guides and a long history of success.

These curriculums, often used in private schools, do have high price tags, but parents have the option to order complete kits, so there is nothing else to buy. They often include testing materials and any recommended extras, such as supplemental books, science kits, craft kits and even paper. This is ideal for families who live overseas or those who don’t have easy access to a good library or retail outlets.

All-in-one curriculums, in general, follow a traditional scope and sequence, so parents can be assured that  their child is learning the same things as his age mates in public or private school. Other types of curriculums, such as unit studies, may give rise to concerns about gaps in learning. Scope and sequence curriculums make it easy for parents to keep track of what their child is learning when. This can be especially helpful if the child’s future schooling is unclear. Children following a scope and sequence may have an easier transition back into traditional schools.

For new homeschoolers, the structure of all-in-one curriculums is reassuring, and many students do very well with boxed curriculums throughout their education. Some parents, once they get their feet wet, will branch out and try programs from different sources. Research has shown that homeschoolers tend to go from more structure to less as the years pass and their experience grows. But without that all-in-one curriculum to start out with, some homeschooling parents may have never taken the plunge at all.

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How to Use Life of Fred Math Books

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Life of Fred math books saved my homeschool!

That may sound dramatic but it’s true. My oldest daughter and I struggled and struggled to find the right math curriculum. I’m embarrassed to tell you how many mistakes I made in this process. Some of those mistakes were sticking to a curriculum that wasn’t working for her for two full years because everyone else said how great it was. My daughter was miserable and frustrated and I was miserable and frustrated. And, at the end of the two years, she was no further in math than when we started. By the time she was in “tenth grade” (I use that term loosely and my fellow homeschoolers know why), she was still two years behind and had 3 more years to go.

Screen-Shot-2015-10-22-at-4.04.41-PMEnter Life of Fred. I accidentally came across Life of Fred Math books in my Internet travels. The concept of teaching math as a story was fascinating to me. My daughter was an excellent reader and the first book wasn’t expensive at all, so I figured “Why not?” and bought the first book.

What happened next was nothing short of amazing. My daughter devoured the book. And, she actually found math easy! (The is where the clouds parted, the sun started shining and angels started singing) The stories were so entertaining my daughter couldn’t wait to get to the next chapter. I even handed it to my husband one night and he was reading the book and doing the math to get to the next chapter!

If you’re not familiar with Life of Fred math books, the concept is pretty simple. It’s math explained as a story. No, not “story problems” like you and I had in school. This is the story of Fred. Fred is a 5 year math genius, teaching mathematics at Kittens University; however, even though he’s smart, he is a 5 year old and has to deal with common childhood struggles like buying a bicycle, ordering a pizza and so forth. Each chapter in “Fred’s life” really addresses a particular math concept. Throughout the chapter, Fred plays with math. Math practice for students comes in at the “Your Turn to Play” sections, sprinkled throughout the chapter. At the end of each chapter there is a “bridge” to get to the next part of the story. The “bridge” is made up of 10 questions. If your child doesn’t get the required number of questions right to cross the bridge, it’s okay. There’s more bridges!

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As you can imagine, we were pretty despondent, staring down 5 years of math to complete with only 3 years to complete it. Because I was concerned about her foundation in math, I started her even earlier in the series and you know what? She completed 6 years of math in just 3 years. This wasn’t because we spent hours and hours each day working through traditional math curriculum. It was because the Life of Fred series. These books are interesting, engaging, make math completely approachable and fun!

When I say “Life of Fred saved my homeschool,” I mean it. It saved my sanity, helped my daughter graduate with a solid foundation in math and gave her confidence!

With all of that said, I am more than happy to present the following buyers guide to the Life of Fred series, by Educents.

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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:


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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  • “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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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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  • 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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  • 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
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Life of Fred College Math Series

Life of Fred Buyer's Guide - Educents

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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Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal {Book Review & Giveaway}

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I received a copy of Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

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Have you ever heard of Bedtime Math? If you have a child that just absolutely hates math and it’s like pulling teeth, you will want to check out their awesome resources and ideas.

In the past, I received the awesome opportunity of doing a review on their original book: Bedtime Math- A Fun Exercise to Stay up Late.  It was an absolute hit in our house especially with my 7-year-old.  This time I received their second Bedtime Math book: Bedtime Math 2-This Time It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck and Illustrated by Jim Paillot.  It’s just as awesome if not better.  Let’s just say when the book came in the mail, my daughter snatched it away from me in excitement.  As a parent, I was thrilled.  She looks forward to doing some math just before bed.  Originally, that would sound crazy, right?  This is just how good the concept is.  You will have to see it for yourself to believe it.

Bedtime Math 2 offers a nice introduction along with How to do Bedtime Math-The Fun Way.   The book is broken into 5 chapters:

  • Chapter 1: What’s in You?
  • Chapter 2: What’s on You?
  • Chapter 3: Personal Favorites
  • Chapter 4: Personal Habits
  • Chapter 5: Personal Bests

What does a Bedtime Math problem look like?  Here is a sample from Chapter 1 to give you an idea.

Each math problem is two pages each.  First page contains fun facts and the second page offers three level questions along with a bonus.  For example: Stick People.  The fact page talks about the importance of bones inside of our bodies.  If we didn’t have them we would “melt like a marshmallow.”  It talks about how many bones we have from the biggest to teeniest.

Questions are broken up like this (Taken from Bedtime Math 2 Chapter 1 page 3), which I think is very clever:

  • Wee Ones- Each of your finger has 3 bones, but each toe has only 2.  Which one has more bones, your finger or your toe?
  • Little Kids-You were born without real kneecaps!  They start out mush and don’t harden until age 4 or 5.  If you have 3 babies and 2 grown-ups in the room, how many “real” kneecaps are there? ( Each person has 2 legs, but only some kneecaps count.)
  • Big Kids- Your thumb is actually your longest finger: It has 3 bones like the others, but the third bone is hidden in your hand.  How many bones do your 5 fingers on one hand have in total?

*Bonus: We’re all born with more bones than we end up with, since many bones grow together over time.  If you started with 350 bones and now have 206, how many more did you start with?

As you can see, it gets those minds working.  Mental math is so important and is easily forgotten about.  Bedtime Math 2 approaches it in a fun way. Plus, kids get to learn some science facts as well. Perfect!

When you reach the end of the book, there is a really nifty equation chart: The Math Behind the Fun.  It contains all of the answers in every chapter.

I definitely recommend Bedtime Math 2 for all children.  Whether they hate math or love it, the concept is really neat.

You can currently purchase Bedtime Math 2 on Amazon for $10.11 Hardcover or $9.60 Kindle or you can enter to win your very own copy below!

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