Life of Fred Elementary Math Giveaway!

Life of Fred Giveaway

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One of the amazing deals featured at Educents is Life of Fred Math. Up until about 2 years ago I had never even looked at Life of Fred, and had no clue what all the fuss was about.  I bought 4 of the elementary math books to use with Krash last year as a supplemental review and we fell in love! 

We are now using the same books with Ladybug this year, as more of a main math program for 1st grade. Educents kindly sent us the remaining books in the series for this review, since we only owned the first 4 books of the series. The photo below shows all 10 of the elementary math books.

Dr. Schmidt recommends that all students up to 4th grade start with Apples and work their way through the entire elementary series.  Krash is in 4th grade this year and finishing up the series this year {we hope}.  Ladybug is in 1st grade and just started!

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These books looked strange to me at first. Take a peek. Does this look like a math book to you?

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Not really, huh?  But it is math. presented in a engaging, purposeful and silly way.  Our entire family now really enjoys Life of Fred math! The strangeness is what has really drawn us in.  The characters are quirky, the stories are funny, and the math is practical.

Want a deeper peek?  Scroll down to the product description section on this page and there’s a link to see inside of each book!  There’s also a great overview video!

We just started with Ladybug and I captured a bit of learning with her Dad during her first week. They sit together like this most days and will use a dry erase board to complete the problems at the end of each chapter.

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Here’s a video I made showing them in action.  It’s about 6 minutes long, giving you a peek into chapters 1 & 2 from Apples.


For more added fun, invite your dog!

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The creator of the series, Dr. Stanley F. Schmidt is a former high school teacher and college professor who created the character Fred Gauss to give students real-world examples of how to use what they are learning. Kids love these adventure-focused and engaging stories. With 10 different Life of Fred books, they will have never-ending fun while developing their math skills. This giveaway features the full Elementary Math Series, a $139.90 value – but the educational experience is truly priceless!

Click here to find out more about the Life of Fred books, and click here to read even more.

Click here to read about how an inspiring homeschooler uses the Life of Fred books in her lessons.

Giveaway is over.

Tot School Gathering Place Week 136

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!


Where is the summer going?!?!?! We are already half way through the month of August! Many of you may have already started the school year…and some are just gearing up! Whatever your state – make sure you share all your wonderful ideas with us here at the Gathering Place! We’d love to see what you’re up to!

Are you ending your summer with a trip to the beach? Check out the ideas from Adventures in Tot Schooling to see if any of the activities might interest your Tot!

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Are you starting Tot Schooling or Homeschooling this week or in the near future? Check out Mama April’s start into the Tot School journey over at My Sacred Sojourn and maybe give her some words of encouragement!

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Is your Tot exploring rhyming in her everyday language? Take a peek at the gem that Mama Michelle from Research Parent found and put together for her Tot to explore the world of rhyme!Research Parent 8162015

Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


See the Tot School webpage here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.

Looking for a fun and interactive way to have fun with COLORS? 

I Spy Color Hunt Book

 Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Lately in Our Life ~~ Summer Wrap Up

Lately I totally forgot to write this series!  I haven’t shared since June, whoops!  I was doing so well then totally forgot about it!

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Loving the Library

My little book worm loves the library and we go at least once every 2 weeks!  She has spent much of her free time this summer with her nose buried in a book.  I can’t lie – I love it!  Neither of my boys loved books as much as she does.  This is a treat for me since I always secretly hoped I would have at least 1 bookworm!

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Summer Gymnastics Training

Our son has had a pretty intense training schedule this summer.  He absolutely loves it and it has been fun to see his progress.  He is excited to begin competing again in November at his new level {6}. Here are a couple of video clips {click to see them on Instagram} of him in the gym this summer! It still blows my mind to watch him.

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Beach, Pool, Yard, Lake & Camping Fun

We were thankful that our small above ground pool survived our move and has been a great way to beat the southern heat this summer!

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We have also enjoyed my parents’ pool a lot {on the left below}!  AND…I turned 40!  The pics on the right are from my birthday dinner!

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Some of our new friends live on a lake and we have spent time with them there and LOVED every minute!

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We enjoyed a beach trip with my husband’s family and the kids enjoyed camping with their Pop Pop and Daddy!

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My oldest son spent much of his summer away, mostly serving with church and enjoying his new church friends.  He went on a beach getaway with his new youth group, mission trip to Chicago, and spent a week helping at a camp for children with special needs. He was gone a lot, we are happy to have him home!

I have enjoyed our summer break, and am also happy that fall is upon us.  I love routine and I truly love homeschooling our kids.  I have missed it!

See more of what’s been going on lately in our life here on Instagram!

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!

Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards ~ Cat Theme

Cats Story Starters Printable Photo Cards

Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards feature a simple photograph on the front, with word ideas on the back.  You can see more about why they were created and how we use them here in our original post!

We have a brand new CAT set for you today, with 18 different photographs. My daughter helped me choose some of these and was giggling as we picked them.  A reader shared with me that she plans to use these with her ESL students, what a great idea!

Here’s one of the stories my daughter wrote using one of our cat cards!

Story Starters Cat Theme


Below you can see the photographs included in this set, there are matching word idea cards for each photo also!

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See a video walk through here showing you how we use and organize our cards, and the extra printables we use alongside of them.


We have more themes coming and many will be released here on my blog for FREE.  I am also listing sets in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss any of our free printables!

Have a theme idea for a set? Leave me a comment!

Download your free Cats Story Starters here!

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The printables shown below were were created to go along with our story starters! 

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Looking for more CAT fun?

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Cat Theme on Pinterest.

Bible Verse Printables Letter T

Proverbs 3 verse 5 T is for Trust Free Printables

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter T are available to download for free! T is for TRUST! This set is based on Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Coloring ~  I love coloring time because it gives such a great opportunity for discussion. 

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying words and sounds she knows, as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear her singing along in the video. The tune is “London Bridge.”


The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter T printables here!Raising Lil' Rock Stars Letter T for Trust

 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter T and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!



See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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