Life of Fred is a stand alone math curriculum, but many substitute with a more traditional approach. I will reserve my opinion on whether I feel Life of Fred is a complete curriculum or not until I have completed the Apples book. Although I will say that we had very hearty math lesson today using only Life of Fred curriculum and doing a few activities that tied into the lesson. We tackled a couple complex math concepts with very simple mathematical skills and activities. I didn't feel like my children were missing out on anything or needed anything more.
My children found this lesson curious and exciting! All four of my children were engaged and learning. Chapter 1 introduces the idea that if you have 7 (or a certain number) items and you split them up in groups they still together will equal 7. Remember memorizing the rule is simple, but understanding how it works goes a little deeper. Clocks and the concept of the passage of time was also covered in this lesson. So, other than reading the text and doing the 3 problems at the end of the lesson, this is what we did.
We Made a Clock!
You will need 2 paper plates, brads, the arrows and numbers, glue, scissors, and colored pencils.
You can also visit Frugal Fun 4 Boys to see how they did it!
The kiddos colored and cut out their arrows and numbers.
Then they glued the numbers on and attached the arrows with a brad. We also colored the sections different colors and labeled them O'clock, Quarter After, Half Past, and Quarter 'Til.
The kiddos cut slits between each hour and then labeled the minutes in intervals of 5 on the plate underneath.
After we completed our clocks we set our clocks to 5:00 just like in the text and calculated the elapsed time between 5:00 and 7:00.
And last but not least, we played! We picked random times and raced to set our clocks. We also made up story problems in Life of Fred style to practice and play with our new creations.
We Used Legos to Show Parts of 7
We started off with 7 Lego's.
Our first task was seeing how many ways we could make seven with two groups.
Then we moved on to making 7 with 3 groups, and then 4 groups.
While we were making our groups we recorded our results.
This is what we came up with.
This was only our first lesson, but we are having a blast with Life of Fred thus far!