Life of Fred - Mineshaft (Intermediate Series)

Life of Fred - Mineshaft (Intermediate Series)

Publisher: Z Twist Books - Life of Fred
Author: Stan Schmidt
$16.00
The second book in the Life of Fred Intermediate Series

Life of Fred is a series of math books that break the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters situations that call for solving math problems. Dr. Stanley Schmidt wrote these to make math come alive with humor, clear explanations, and silly illustrations that will make math a fun subject. Your children actually want to read these books. The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them.  Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions. The textbooks are all hardbound, the answer keys are comb-bound.

This program relies on reading comprehension and thinking and is non-consumable. You will not find 30 problems on every page of rote spoon-fed learning that is quickly forgotten.  This is totally different, a new way of learning math, and everything you need is in the book. As a parent, you will quickly pick up on the novel way as you read along and learn with your student.  Books available for grades K - 12.

The intermediate books are not essential. When a student finishes Jelly Beans, they have all the arithmetic they need to start Fractions, but because of how quickly students can progress in the elementary books, a student might not be old enough to really be ready for Fractions (author recommends 5th grade). Kidneys, Liver and Mineshaft allow for more practice of arithmetic while the student gets older.
Concepts

  • Elapsed Time
  • the Two Rules of Survival
  • Passing the Sat Exam
  • the Three Angles of a Triangle Always Add to 180º
  • What Can Go Wrong with a Lifetime Guarantee
  • the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Finding Two-fifths of $400,000
  • Solving 2x - 7 = 11
  • Pie Charts
  • the Drawbacks of Multitasking
  • Six-sevenths of 413
  • Short Division, Quotients
  • Changing Percents to Fractions—68 Completely Worked out Examples
  • Computing 2% of 550
  • Who Is Not Harmed by Watching Television All Day Long
  • the Difference Between Graffito and Graffiti
  • Functions
  • Reducing Fractions
  • Finding an Average
  • and more!

Hardback, ISBN 978-1-937032-08-1, 128 pages

Click here to view sample pages.  

Book Title Life of Fred - Mineshaft (Intermediate Series)
Publisher: Z Twist Books - Life of Fred
Author Stan Schmidt
The second book in the Life of Fred Intermediate Series

Life of Fred is a series of math books that break the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters situations that call for solving math problems. Dr. Stanley Schmidt wrote these to make math come alive with humor, clear explanations, and silly illustrations that will make math a fun subject. Your children actually want to read these books. The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them.  Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions. The textbooks are all hardbound, the answer keys are comb-bound.

This program relies on reading comprehension and thinking and is non-consumable. You will not find 30 problems on every page of rote spoon-fed learning that is quickly forgotten.  This is totally different, a new way of learning math, and everything you need is in the book. As a parent, you will quickly pick up on the novel way as you read along and learn with your student.  Books available for grades K - 12.

The intermediate books are not essential. When a student finishes Jelly Beans, they have all the arithmetic they need to start Fractions, but because of how quickly students can progress in the elementary books, a student might not be old enough to really be ready for Fractions (author recommends 5th grade). Kidneys, Liver and Mineshaft allow for more practice of arithmetic while the student gets older.
Concepts

  • Elapsed Time
  • the Two Rules of Survival
  • Passing the Sat Exam
  • the Three Angles of a Triangle Always Add to 180º
  • What Can Go Wrong with a Lifetime Guarantee
  • the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Finding Two-fifths of $400,000
  • Solving 2x - 7 = 11
  • Pie Charts
  • the Drawbacks of Multitasking
  • Six-sevenths of 413
  • Short Division, Quotients
  • Changing Percents to Fractions—68 Completely Worked out Examples
  • Computing 2% of 550
  • Who Is Not Harmed by Watching Television All Day Long
  • the Difference Between Graffito and Graffiti
  • Functions
  • Reducing Fractions
  • Finding an Average
  • and more!

Hardback, ISBN 978-1-937032-08-1, 128 pages

Click here to view sample pages.