No one at my house likes math. Life of Fred has introduced some math humor into our learning.
I do agree with the author about math being more then memorizing math facts, but my kids really need more practice to remember the concepts.
Along with the Life of Math Answer page I created to document their “Your Turn to Play”, I have also signed up to EdHelper for extra math pages. Really it has saved me time scouring the Internet for free math pages. I add these pages to his math notebook. I would also recommend signing up to Free Homeschool Deals. Often there are addition and subtraction activities for free. I have gotten a few games and lap books by reading the daily deals.
Life of Fred Butterflies Hands-On Activities
Trying to work on telling time we begin each math class with our clocks. I set my larger clock to a time and my son sets his clock to match and then tells me the time. We do 5 or 6 of these. He then has his clock ready for when the references to time pop up in the story. I will pause reading for him to set his clock to match the time mentioned in the story.
We taped 3 rulers together for the 1-yard equals 3 feet. Then we went on a hunt to find something in our house that was the same size as Fred. I took this opportunity to introduce basic measurement. Once again I printed measuring worksheets. Every other lesson I review our inch and half-inch measurements.
A few of the lessons discuss stars, especially Orion. I found having a star chart helpful in explaining and identifying different constellations.
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In the story when Fred shared how straws were invented, I took the opportunity to make straws. Since the ideal straw is 8 1/2 inches long, we had a great measuring activity.
Using the Numbers Printable from Homeschool Creations and a tub of cubes, I was able to have my son build the new addition and subtraction problems introduced in the book. I did create some addition, subtraction and equals signs to go with the numbers printable.
Youtube provides free videos on skip counting. We have enjoyed watching them during math time.
Since mail delivery is free at Kitten’s University, we wrote a letter to a friend and went to the post office to buy a stamp. It was a great lesson in counting change. We then asked our friend to tell us the moment the letter arrived so we would have an idea on the length of time it took to arrive. We then compared differences in time.
The last few lessons revolve around a bell tower. I had my son build a replica bell tower out of Legos. Then we discussed the concept of perpendicular. We went on an “I Spy” around the house to locate more perpendicular lines.
We end each Life of Fred Butterflies lesson playing a math game. Our current 2 favorites are Addition Bingo and Seven Ate Nine.
Addition and Subtraction Bingo
Seven Ate Nine Card Game