Tagged: Life of Fred, LOF, Math U See, MUS

- This topic has 26 replies, 12 voices, and was last updated 8 years, 4 months ago by nebby.

- AuthorPosts
- my12kiddosMember
Does anyone do them both, together? I really like both and I can’t decide on one. Also it isn’t like double the math work since LOF lessons are short.

crazy4boysParticipantWe do LOF with RightStart. The boys love LOF and say it’s their favorite part of the day so they don’t mind at all doing the ‘extra’ work. I’m guessing MUS w/LOF would be similar.

mtnmamaParticipantCrazy4boys, do you try to relate the two math programs or use them separately?

We also use LOF and RightStart. It is the book we pull out once a week when we need a break and read daily during winter and summer breaks. We probably only get through two or three LOF books per year, but that is plenty to keep my kids (2nd and 1st grades) happy and interested.

I would like to be able to use LOF to reinforce concepts in RightStart, but haven’t found a way to do that, especially since we only buy one or two LOF books at a time and can’t look ahead.

mtnmamaParticipantcrazy4boysParticipantI don’t try to relate them. We use LOF for the sheer fun of using it. I think it would kill some of the interest (and story line) to match them up….and I honestly don’t want to put the time into figuring it out! My older boys (ages 12) are doing the series on their own, one chapter a day PLUS their RS lessons. The younger boys (ages 9 and 6) do LOF with me on Fridays for Living Math. They have RS lessons M-Th, then on Friday we play games/read LOF.

missceegeeParticipantWe do the same as crazy4boys and it works fine. LOF is just for fun.

akirechelleParticipantWe use LOF for incentive. When the children finish a certain amount of their MUS lesson, they are allowed to do Fred. I do have to set a limit on how many Freds or my son will fly through half the book in one setting! He abhors Math U See, and I have considered dropping it for him, because LOF just clicks with him and he rarely gets an answer wrong.

nebbyParticipantWe use them together. For elementary yrs I don’t try to relate them. MUS never takes us all yr anyway.

Nebby

Rachel WhiteParticipantQuestions:

MY son is transitioning from Dev. Math LEvel 12 to MUS Epsilon soon. I wanted to also use LoF but don’t know whether to start with their Fractions book or back up to the Intermediate books?

My dd is in going into MUS GAmma and I am going to start her with Apples. That should be right-she hasn’t done multiplication yet. I know she’ll love the story.

How often should they use LoF? If I do once a week (which it will probably be more), how many will they go through in a year?

Sorry to hijack…

jmac17ParticipantRachel,

I can’t help you with the Fractions vs. intermediate books question, but in the elementary series of LOF, each book has 18 or 19 chapters, so hopefully that will help you figure out how many books you’ll need in a year. For the first few books, my children (DD7 and DS5) could happily do 2 or 3 chapters in a sitting. They are now in ‘Farming’ and ‘Edgewood’ and usually only do 1 chapter at a time, 2 or 3 times a week. They would do more for the storyline, but now that they are both at a level where they are challenged a bit (doing three digit addition and subtraction), I don’t want them to move too fast. We also do IXL, games from Rightstart, and “9’s Down” drills and lots of other activities from MOTL to flesh out our program. Can you tell I’ve had a challenge landing on the perfect math curriculum? LOL

I’ve heard that ‘Fractions’ and ‘Decimals and Percents’ would take a year for the two, then each book after that is a full year, but we aren’t there yet so I don’t know for sure.

Joanne

Rachel WhiteParticipantThanks. I think it’d be best to start my dd in Apples. MUS is finally somthing my dd is understanding; she’s 11 and hadn’t been able to get past adding and subtracting single digits for developmental reasons; but in a nutshell, she couldn’t grasp the concept of place value, so she kept getting numbers in the wrong places. MUS finally got her over that hurdle and she’s moving quickly through.

LoF is something she’ll either love and it will useful or she’ll love it and it won’t do anything positive except make her laugh at the storyline.

We’ll see…

4myboysParticipantI am hoping to use LOF fractions this summer. My boys would be heading into Epsilon in the fall, so LOF will give an introduction, and if I find it is as thorough as they claim I may not get Epsilon after all. We have only read Apples, but my boys love Fred. We would love to get the whole series, but financially that isn’t likely. Besides, the boys are beyond the better part of the elementary series.

crazy4boysParticipantMy 12-yr-olds are working through the elementary series on their own. They started with Apples a few months ago and do one chapter a day, 4 days a week. Even the early elementary books teach some high level math…some of the stuff I never learned in high school/college math.

One of them is starting Fractions in a month or so. Each chapter is 6 pages, then there are some ‘practice’ questions. Every 4 or 5 chapters there is a Bridge (which is a test). They have 5 or 6 tries getting this right before they move on, or go back and re-read. I (perhaps unrealistically) think he’ll be done with the book in a few months. I’ll let you know in a while how it goes!

Rachel WhiteParticipantI can surely bet that if my son likes the Intermediate books, then, sInce I’m going to use Apples with my dd, he’ll probably obscond with them somewhere or try to read through them with her; or my dd will share the “story” with him since she’ll be amused and she likes to share her amusements while reading. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up reading and/or listening to the Elementary books eventually!

Kristi26ParticipantWe did LOF Fractions this year and then followed it with MUS Epsilon to make sure DS13 got it all. I plan to do the same with MUS Zeta and LOF Decimals and Percents. 🙂

- The topic ‘LOF with MUS’ is closed to new replies.