When we start a new homeschool year, I’m always interested to see how my kids respond to the math curriculum I choose. Since we’re teaching kids with ADHD, I try to use various kinds of curriculum to see what works best for their attention spans and their difficulties with concentration.

So when I first discovered Life of Fred, I was thrilled. My oldest daughter, who has ADD, is a voracious reader. But she is NOT a fan of math.

Which is just fine because Life of Fred is NOT a set of math textbooks. If it was, she would have lost interest long ago. But she has loved these books and the concepts she’s learned as a result and that’s why we’ve kept them in rotation during the school year, even as she’s moved on to higher grades.

Read on to find out about the **Life of Fred math books** available for homeschool students. Plus, enter to win five Life of Fred math books yourself!

## Life of Fred Math Books for Homeschool

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Life of Fred is a series of storybooks about Fred, an unusual five-year-old. In fact, he’s the youngest professor ever in the history of Kittens University.

The stories tell us about what happens during Fred’s day-to-day life. In the first book, Fred wakes up in the morning and gets out of his sleeping bag (located in his office at Kittens University) and reads the clock to tell what time it is.

As the books go on, Fred’s days become more complex as he goes jogging, studies constellations, learns to read music, and even tries to assemble a bicycle he orders through the mail. All the while, mathematical concepts are introduced and practiced without kids really even noticing. (They’re far too interested in what happens to Fred.)

The books are separated by grade level, beginning with the Life of Fred Elementary Series, which includes the following four books:

**Life of Fred Apples**

**Life of Fred Butterflies**

**Life of Fred Cats**

**Life of Fred Dogs**

These are described as elementary level books, because they focus on the basic operations of arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They also introduce number theory, rounding, skip counting, shapes, and more.

For middle school-aged children, Life of Fred math books for homeschool include:

### Life of Fred Decimals and Percents

### Life of Fred Fractions

There’s also an Life of Fred Intermediate Series (for middle school) that includes the following books:

### Life of Fred Kidneys

### Life of Fred Liver

**Life of Fred Mineshaft**

In the Intermediate Series, the books take a big leap forward and tackle more advanced math topics, such as geometry, finding averages, and even the Pythagorean Theorem. Like the Elementary Series, though, these books introduce the topics so gently kids won’t have a chance to feel overwhelmed.

Each chapter is only about six pages long (perfect for short attention spans!) and there are a few questions for kids to practice some of the concepts they learned in the chapter. There are also answer keys for each practice section. Plus, the books are written at grade-appropriate levels, so kids can read them on their own. It’s reading and mathematics all in one!

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Now for the REALLY big news! We’re giving away five Life of Fred math books! Read to the bottom for your chance to enter!

**28 homeschool bloggers have joined together to provide one massive back-to-homeschool basket giveaway! Take a peek around these 28 sites and enter to win as many baskets as you like. Each blogger is conducting her own giveaway, so you never know…you may end up winning more than one!**

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I’m excited to announce that we’re giving away FIVE!!! Life of Fred books to one of our readers! The winner will receive:

**Life of Fred Apples****Life of Fred Butterflies****Life of Fred Decimals and Percents****Life of Fred Fractions****and Life of Fred Kidneys!**

So if you have elementary or middle-school students this year, this is the giveaway for you! Just use the Giveaway Tools widget below to enter!

meg pitts says

We’re using Rod and Staff this year… we do have Life of Fred Apples though and they love going through it!

Selena Robinson says

Hi! Sorry you didn’t win the giveaway. 🙁 I’d love to send you a 50 percent coupon to use on any product in my store. Let me know if you’re interested! 🙂

Nancy says

I’ve been wanting these books! We r using Singapore and master books

Selena Robinson says

Hi! Sorry you didn’t win the giveaway. 🙁 I’d love to send you a 50 percent coupon to use on any product in my store. Let me know if you’re interested! 🙂

Dianna A says

We are using a mix of work sheets and saxon math.

Selena Robinson says

Hi! Sorry you didn’t win the giveaway. 🙁 I’d love to send you a 50 percent coupon to use on any product in my store. Let me know if you’re interested! 🙂

Karen @ Living Unabridged says

We primarily use Saxon. We supplement with Life of Fred and lots of living books. We’ve used CTC Math for some in the past. One of my children is using ABeka this year. Thanks for the chance for more LOF!

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Katrina Bagwell says

These are great, we are using Learn Math Fast.

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Gina S says

We are using time4learning along with worksheets, but I’ve been eyeing Life of Fred after hearing great reviews!

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Tish Perry says

We are trying out Math for a Living Education this year. I would love to try Life of Fred!!!

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Lindsey W. says

We’re using Math U See again this year….and are studying decimals and percents.

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Karli King says

We are using worksheets and hands on activities for now but wanting to add life of Fred and rod and staff.

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Christel says

We are using Math Lessons for a Living Education 1 this year. I’ve heard a lot about Life of Fred and would love to try it though!

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Sarah M. says

We’re using Math-U-See, but I’ve heard great things about LOF!

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Melinda J. says

I’m using Easy Peasy math grade 1 this year. I’ve been wanting to view the Life of Fred series for awhile to see if they will work for my family!

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Tanya Button says

We love Life of Fred!

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Amber Oliver says

We love LOF! We didn’t start at the beginning though. (Shame on us..) My middle daughter started with Kidneys, and my oldest with Fractions. Later, I started my son on Edgewood. My middle daughter is switching away this year, but my other two are sticking with it. My son will be doing Jelly Beans and my oldest will be doing Geometry. =)

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Indasa Butler says

I have been looking at Life of Fred for my youngest. She loves literature more than math (opposite of her sister), so I thought the Fred series might be a good choice.

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Julia Cosgrove says

We are using a combination of products like EnvisionMath, Easy Peasy and worksheets.

Selena Robinson says

Hi Julia! Sorry you didn’t win the giveaway. 🙁 I’d love to send you a 50 percent coupon to use on any product in my store. Let me know if you’re interested! 🙂

Kristina U says

We use a mix of Life Of Fred and Teaching Textbooks

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mckmnm says

We’re using MCP

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Janet says

We are using Singapore and Life of Fred! It would be great to win!

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STeveandkimberly MIljatovic says

Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to have this for my children!

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Aimee says

Planning on using MOTL. These would be a perfect fit!

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Charlene says

We are using Teaching Textbooks, but these look like an interesting option!

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Karon King says

We use Saxon math & worksheets that we get online from different sites.

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Wendy Clark says

We use Abeka Math

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Shannon Alexander says

Depending on each child… One I really want to try LIfe of Fred. The others are using Spunky the Donkey and Study Time Arithmetic

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Lynsey Runyon says

We actually are using life of fred this year so it would be awesome to win the kidney-mineshaft!! Thank you for putting this together!

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Julie b says

I’ve always wanted to try these!

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Colleen P says

We’re still figuring out which math program to use this upcoming year.

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Lisa says

Such wonderful giveaways! ❤️📓❤️

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Judith Martinez says

We’re using Kahn academy and Math U See.

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Lisa says

Just starting our home schooling journey and Life of Fred really appeals to my oldest’s sense of humor so we will use Saxon along with Life of Fred.

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Andrea says

We’re using A Beka this year. We’re starting our first year of homeschooling and the kids used A Beka at school, so I wanted to keep them in the same program they were used to. At least for this year.

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Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life says

Teaching Textbooks for some kids and Math U See for others.

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Megan says

My oldest isn’t quite old enough to start homeschooling this year, but we will be using Life of Fred & most likely RightStart when the time comes!

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Anna says

Planning on using ALEKS online for math with one of my kids.

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Jennifer says

We are using Life of Fred this year. They are great!

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Shera R says

We would love to try Life of Fred this year!

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April says

Our Kindergarteners will be using the suggested workbook through My Father’s World. For 2nd & 5th, it’s Math-U-See, and our 8th grader will be using Saxon.

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Dandi D says

I’m doing Rod and Staff math with my first grader, but I’d really like to supplement with the Life of Fred series, so this would be perfect for us!

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Amy K. says

I’ve been interested in Life of Fred for a while, it would be great to win them!

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Claire Burkhardt says

Modern Curriculum Press and Christian Liberty Press.

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Bethany Pollard says

This looks great. We use different things to help the kids learn math.

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Lynn says

Math u see

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Sunny Barnum says

Horizons math

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Bethany W says

We are using Math U See and a bunch of creative things.

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Lori H says

We are using Horizons for two and UnLock Math for the third child.

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Jbegreen says

We are currently using Horizons for all of our kids.

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Toni says

We are continuing with Horizons, which we have used since I started homeschooling my oldest.

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Jennifer Mathesz says

We are using LOF and Abeka

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Sue R says

We have a few LoF books and LOVE them. Math without tears!

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Carol Tieman says

Since we’re in preschool, we’re using hands-on material.

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Patsy Foy says

We’re using Teaching Textbooks again but I’ve heard great things about using LOF with TT.

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Morgan E. says

We are using Horizons this year but I saw Life of Fred when I was looking through the CBD catolog the other day and I was interested in it. Would love to win it! Thanks!

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Lauren M says

We are using Horizons for my oldest and loving it, but my 2 preschoolers are so different from her! I’m thinking they may do better with these!

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Adena F says

Teaching Textbooks

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Christa H says

We’d love to use The Life of Fred books. We have been using Teaching Textbooks.

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Tiffany Colwell says

We will be using Teaching Textbooks but I have been curious about Life of Fred.

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Anna Pry says

we’re using teaching textbooks pre algebra

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Shikara C. says

We’re using Math-U-See and the hands-on aspect has been great for my ADHD daughter. I keep hearing about Life of Fred and would love to try and see if she’d like them as well!

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Jazmin says

I’m using Singapore math with a 3rd grader and Horizons with my Kindergartner.

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Katie says

we use bob jones math and life of fred

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Tracey M says

We used Algebra for Breakfast, CTC Math, and Math U See last year, but we are still looking for a new Math curriculum for this year. we want to try a new approach. We are currently looking at Life of Fred, Learn Math Fast, or Hands-On Equations. I want to begin the year reviewing basic skills and then move towards more advanced concepts. I would LOVE to try Life of Fred because my daughter loves stories and reading. I think my daughter’s attention will be captured considering the way the concepts are presented in Life of Fred using the main character’s adventures in story format. Thank you for the opportunity to win this curriculum. We would definitely utilize all the books this year. A wide range of skills and concepts are covered using these books which is perfect for us this year.

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Meghan A. says

We are going to be using Math Lessons for a Living Education for the first time–trying to find a less overwhelming math curriculum that won’t reduce my boys to tears on a regular basis. We’ve also borrowed Life of Fred Fractions from the library and had some success with that.

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Lisa T says

LOF is a fantastic program for practical, everday math!

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Tessa S says

We’re using Teaching Textbooks, but are always looking for something to supplement and mix it up a little bit. These look great!

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katie says

We are using horizons and life of Fred this year

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Karianne says

Right now Mathseeds but I have been really wanting to try Life of Fred!

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Sarah P. says

We’re using Purposeful Design, but I would love to use Life of Fred to *hopefully* encourage my oldest to want to read.

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Kryste Herring says

We are using videos and worksheets found online. Trying to piece it all together…Would love to have the Life of Fred books for my son. Thank you for the opportunity.

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Amy C says

We are using worksheets, but I’m still looking into other possibilities.

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Virginia @thatbaldchick says

We used Everyday Math last year, which is a spiraling curriculum.

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Anne Jetton says

Right Start for kinder and Saxon for jr/sr high

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Deanna Sallee says

We are using Singapore Math. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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Dandi D says

We are currently using Rod and Staff, but I have thought about Math Mammoth and Life of Fred.

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Natalie Kenny says

What an awesome giveaway! We are planning to use lessons for a living education (Master Books). I have been lusting after Fred and was just going to purchase the Elementary series for “Fred Fridays”!

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Morgan E. says

I plan to use Horizons this year.

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Tiffany says

We are Teaching Textbooks fans but I recently found CTC Math and my youngest is in love with it. The thing is, she wants to do it in her “free time” because she doesn’t think of it as “school.” 😀

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Kate Martin says

Horizons as of right now

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Stephanie says

We are using Math-u-See this year.

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BunnyMomRocks says

We are using Excel, Saxon and hopefully some Life of Fred! this year. All my kiddos learn in different ways I love the flexibility to personalize their curriculum.

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Anissa Busby says

We have been using Mammoth Math, but looking at different options.

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LINDSEY GASKIN says

I would love to try these with my boys!

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Gretta J. says

We are using Math U See. We started with it 7 years ago when we began homeschooling and we’ve used it ever since. All 3 kids LOVE it!

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Danielle Hull says

Math-U-See, but I’ve always wanted to try Life of Fred. I just couldn’t justify buying something I didn’t “need.” Husbands seem to get picky about that 😀

Selena Robinson says

LOL! Sorry you didn’t win the giveaway. 🙁 I’d love to send you a 50 percent coupon to use on any product in my store. Let me know if you’re interested! 🙂

Tanya says

We are using Learn Math Fast this year. We would love to add these books also.

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Rosanna says

We have been using Math U See, but are transitioning to Life of Fred :)!

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Dandi D says

We are still looking, but right now we use Rod and Staff.

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lorih824 says

Math u see

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Jessica Cemprola says

I have been hearing so much about these books lately and have been dying to give them a try.

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Teri Knight says

So, the plan so far this year is to just use some worksheets that we’ve found online and some workbooks that we’ve picked up here and there. I have heard good things about Life of Fred and would LOVE to give it a try.

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The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia says

We use EasyPeasy and supplement with resources I find online.

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Grandma says

Using a variety of hands-on math manipulatives for pre-school and K.

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KBE says

Looks like an interesting curriculum.

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Rachel says

We’re trying MCP for kindergarten math this year.

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Dandi D says

We would like to supplement our Rod and Staff with some Life of Fred.

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Andrea says

These look awesome!

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C. Webb says

We’re using Life of Fred, and we love it.

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Kirsten says

We are using teaching textbooks, but I have been looking at these books for a while to add to our studies.

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Tracey M. says

We’ve also used At Interactive Math as an online supplement and for testing purposes.

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Hope says

We are using Math-U-See and Abeka math.

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Stacy Smiles says

We are using TT and LOF.

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Janea says

We are using worksheets and workbooks and online courses. A friend told us about life of Fred and let us borrow one and we love it. We don’t want to give it back! Lol!

Corri Montgomery says

We have town Life of Fred books and they are great. Thank you for the giveaway and your content.

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Barb S. says

We are finishing up MathUSee Zeta and transitioning to Teaching Textbooks for pre-Algebra

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amanda says

This will be our second year homeschooling, and my girls struggle at math. this year we will be trying LMF and Life of Fred.

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Deana says

We love Fred! We have also used Math Mammoth.

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jennifer cervantes says

We are using worksheets but looking for a better system to teach math since they hate math currently.

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Tracey M. says

When my daughter was much younger we tried Right Start Math too.

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Cindy B says

We actually use a compilation of math that we’ve gathered. My husband actually teaches math in public school so we have LOTS of resources available for this subject.

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Brandie Moorehead says

He!lo! We are using the Caleb Gattegno original textbooks with rods and Horizons Math 1 workbook pages for review. I gathered a small library of printables for my son as he starts into pre-k. These would be a great addition for both. I have heard wonderful things and wanting to try.

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