I can not believe it has been two years of using Life of Fred math for my youngest son. It seems like yesterday I was shocked about a math book reading like a story would be any help.
This school year we will start with Life of Fred Goldfish.
The two biggest things that have helped my son are playing math games and the math story line. I do think 4 plus 5 equals 9 will always be associated with vending machines.
I am very tempted to find an empty fish tank to use with Life of Fred Goldfish. I am sure we could attach pipe cleaners to the perimeter and colored paper for the area. I am sure we could weigh different amounts of water. If I was a super mom I would let him set up the tank for a goldfish.