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“Outside-the-Box” Math Books: Life of Fred (4th -12th Grade)

I blogged on how much I liked Dr. Stanley Schmidt’s Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra, As Serious as It Needs to Be.

Good news!  I didn’t realize he wrote a whole series of math textbooks:

Life of Fred: Fractions – For me, I’d have my 4th grader start on this one.  Also, because the lessons are chunked out into 100ish chunks, it does coincide perfectly as a summer enrichment text.  Now, it’s not likely we will finish the book over a summer.  My child would rebel against daily homework and she has a busy summer camp schedule.  But I will work it into the nooks and crannies of the day and give her a big bribe (iPod Touch) upon completion, so we will likely have it done by Christmas. I had my daughter, who does NOT love math, look over the book to see if she’d do it,  and she said that she liked the stories so she’d try it.

Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents. From Fractions, this would be the next stop.

Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra is next and Dr. Schmidt has a new Fred’s Home Companion:  Beginning Algebra for this book.

Life of Fred: Advanced Algebra

Life of Fred: Geometry

Life of Fred: Trigonometry and Fred’s Home Companion: Trigonometry

Life of Fred: Calculus

Life of Fred: Statistics


To buy these books, please go to http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html The books are $25 at his site but much more on Amazon.

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Picture Book about Autism for Typicals in Elementary School

Picture Book Teaches Kids Compassion

The Friendship Puzzle (about Autism) by Julie L. Coe.  This is a great book to teach children how to relate to their classmates with special needs.  In this picture book, MacKenzie Macabee meets Dylan, the new boy at school who seems a little different.  When he has trouble fitting in, she puts the pieces of the puzzle together of why and learns about autism, but, even more importantly, she learns how to connect with him.  Her friendship with Dylan helps to bring her classmates around and he becomes a sought after soccer player.

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Teaching Tolerance to Kids for Their Special Needs Classmates

How Do You Teach Compassion for Special Needs Classmates?

My elementary school children switch tables every month and this is always a topic at the dinner table because it’s a really big deal to them.  Each month there is either wild  elation or grave disappointment depending on the seating chart.  Over time, I realized that when my kids are most upset about their new table mates, it is not necessarily that they are not sitting near their friends, but it’s because there is someone at the table who is disruptive. Read more…

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Haiti and Teaching My Kids About Charity

Teach Kids Compassion through Charity Work

A mom in my yoga class made a nice plea for donations yesterday.  Her cleaning lady is Haitian and her family in Haiti is, of course, personally devastated by the earthquake.  Yoga mom offered to run over and pick up any clothing and shoe donations from any of us and ship to Haiti.  She said that UPS was shipping free of charge for a while so she was rounding up donations all week. Read more…

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Finally, A Really Good Fairy Book for 2nd Grade Girls

2nd Grade Fairy Book for Girls

My 7-year-old came home from school two days ago with an important message for me: “I just read the best book. You need to add it to your blog.” I had never heard of No Flying in the House by Betty Brock and assumed it was a picture book, though I don’t know why. My middle daughter is the reason why I created the Favorite Chapter Books for Newly Independent Readers because she refuses to read anything except chapter books. She proceeded to borrow it from her teacher so that I could save a trip to the library and I have to say that she is right. This is a great, old-fashioned fairy story. Our copy was even more charming because it was clearly a really old book with a big chunk of pages taped carefully back into the book. It looked like a garage sale rescue or a beloved book that was carefully passed down. No matter! It’s a find! Read more…