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Life of Fred   Leave a comment

Elisebeth is good at math. It is not a struggle for her. But she struggles with it. She doesn’t like the repetitious nature of it. She finds most math curricula boring. It becomes a fight to get her to do it. But she loves Life of Fred. I feel like it’s not enough though, so I’ve started looking around for coordinating printables or activities or something. There were a few sites where I found some extra activities for the early chapters of Apples. I found some cute generic notebooking pages to go with the first two sets of books. But I didn’t really find anyone that had done a consistent job of gathering activities and printables to go with the whole series. So I think I’m going to tackle it. I don’t know that I’ll be 100% consistent about getting things posted (or even figured out). But there appears to maybe be a need for it and I’m going to be hunting for the stuff anyway, so I might as well post it. She’s already on Chapter 10 of Apples, so that’s where I’ll start. But since I found stuff for the earlier chapters, I’ll link some stuff here just to get things started.

Life of Fred – Apples

LIfe of Fred fans Facebook

Overview of the Series – If you scroll down, there is a listing of topics by book.

Apples-themed notebooking pages – Scroll to the bottom of the post where she links to the pages for the first four books.

Some overall ideas for use with the book

Is Life of Fred enough? (includes information about things that are good to add on)

Teaching Money with LoF. This includes free printables to use as you go through at least the first four books.

An interesting post about math journals (with lots of other links and info).

Chapter One

An excellent example of activities to go along with the book from Noah’s Ark Homeschool. These are actually exactly what I’m thinking of doing, but she stops at Chapter 8.

Peanut Butter and Prosecco

Chapter Two

Another Noah’s Ark LoF lesson.

Peanut Butter and Prosecco

Chpater Three

Another Noah’s Ark LoF lesson.

Chapter Four

Another Noah’s Ark LoF lesson.

Chapter Five

Another Noah’s Ark Lof lesson.

Chapter Six

Another Noah’s Ark LoF lesson.

Chapter Seven

Another Noah’s Ark LoF lesson. 

Chapter Eight

The last Noah’s Ark LoF lesson.


Taking A Break From Crazy   Leave a comment

Tax season has arrived. And tax season always lead to contemplation of the weirdest thing about me. Now, my husband might say that there are much weirder things. And my best friend might say that my love for my husband is the weirdest thing. But, to me, the weirdest thing is my love of doing taxes. And here’s why. When most people who know I’m a writer find out that I do taxes (or vice versa), they ask how I can do both. And really, I have no idea.

A number of years ago, I took one of those tests that determine what your learning style is: Reading/Writing, Aural, Tactile/Kinesthetic, or Visual. And while I scored highest in Reading/Writing, all of the other three were tied at a number that was not significantly lower. So basically, while I’m most comfortable with Reading/Writing, I can learn in any way that a teacher can teach. And that seems to go even further. Once I know and understand something, I can translate it into any learning style. I used that to my advantage a lot when I was tutoring.

The weird thing is that  almost exclusively tutored math (even though I was a History major with aspirations as a writer). I hated math from 8th grade all the way through high school. Then, my freshman semester at college, I took college algebra with a professor that wasn’t actually a member of the math department. He was the dean of the computer information sciences department. All of his examples and explanations involved computers. And I loved that. As a person that somehow managed to grow up around computers, that was a language that I understood. Not only did I actually comprehend that class, it suddenly felt like all the classes before it suddenly made more sense. And that seemed to unlock a door. Because I could now take algebra and make it English for all the poor masses that don’t speak Mathematician. And later, when I started doing taxes, I found I ended up doing a lot of the same. People don’t just want to know that they took the standard deduction, they want to know why (especially if they had charitable contributions or medical expenses). And I tell them. In English. Because most people don’t speak IRS.

In that way, I guess, math and taxes are the same as writing. I’m taking something in my head, translating it for all the people who aren’t in my head, and then putting it on paper. And with math and taxes, I like that there’s a right and wrong answer. When I’m done with a day of taxes, I don’t wonder if they were good. I don’t wonder if it’s a big waste of my time to do it. Because numbers don’t play around like words to. At least not at the level of math that I know. And definitely not at the taxes level. Those numbers always mean the same thing, do the same thing, and give the same answer. That’s why I like doing taxes, and I like tutoring math. The numbers don’t mess with my head and make me feel crazy. And it’s nice to take a break from crazy once in a while.

Posted January 4, 2010 by Maidenfine in Randomness

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