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Homeschool Living Maths: Life of Fred – Farming

I am very slowly going through Life of Fred - Farming, and in deed all these books, which are to all intents and purposes too young for my eldest, and possibly for my youngest. But there is something about them that makes me stoically continue on. The girls do ACE maths everyday, so I am…

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Homeschool Living Maths – Life of Fred: Cats

Learning Maths with Life of Fred: Cats The more I do Life of Fred, the more confident I am about it working as an exclusive way to teach maths. The girls really enjoy maths, and I can see it working in ways that I didn't with the older ones. We have just finished Life of…

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Five Maths Baggies: Mathematical Activities for Quiet Time

My younger two girls are not quite the readers their older brother and sisters were at their age.  The older ones would have happily read for an hour during their quiet time each day and complain when it ended.  The younger ones manage about half an hour before they start to get the wriggles.  I…

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Living Maths Resources for Fun Homeschool Maths: Maths Quest – The Museum of Mysteries

You all know how much I now enjoy teaching maths, especially since the addition of Life of Fred and the subtraction of traditional curriculum.  One of my favourite things to do is shop Amazon for fun living maths resources with which to fill our day.  Once a month or so, I am going to share…

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Homeschool Living Maths – Life of Fred: Butterflies

 Learning Maths with Life of Fred: Butterflies The girls are still enjoying our hands on approach to maths.  We have just finished learning maths with Life of Fred: Butterflies.  This is book two in the Life of Fred Series, (which can be bought in the UK here) learning lots of new maths concepts.  But first…

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Archimedes {Mathematician Study}

The first mathematician study we covered was Archimedes. Archimedes was a well known mathematician and inventor, alive during 287-212 BC in Ancient Greece. Well known for the Archimedes’ Principle and the Archimedes’ Screw, he was most interested in catoptrics, mechanics and pure maths. Archimedes Resources First, we learnt all about Archimedes by first reading the…

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Maths Investigations using Penrose, the Mathematical Cat: Investigating Polygons

I have written before about our change to a living maths approach using Life of Fred as our backbone, and I think I might have mentioned wanting to spend some of our time investigating a certain aspect of numbers in greater depth.  I have a few maths based books, but Penrose the cat is by…

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Life of Fred: Apples {Living Maths}

Yesterday, I showed a friend what my eight and six year old were doing using their Life of Fred: Apples.  I could see the incredulity in her eyes.  'Your daughter is only just learning what 3 plus 4 is?'  I could hear her silent thoughts.  And I doubted myself just a little.  But I didn't…

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Life of Fred Maths as our Core Text

Living maths has always appealed to me, but I have never been confident enough to do it long term.  I did, however, take Lillie off the traditional maths she was obviously struggling with (and very behind in) and we did living maths for a year together, starting from the very beginning.  I was completely surprised…

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