Unsolicited Raves from Readers . . .
. . . You should have heard the shameless chortles of glee from daughter #1 when she came home from her hike. She dove right into the advanced algebra book, completely ignoring her hiking partner who surely thought my daughter had dealt a death blow to sanity. We, of course, shared freely with our guest how wonderful your books are, and their mom looked through the books and wrote down your web address.
We received the Trig book on Friday. . . . The book looks wonderful and my daughter has her old math excitement back. I believe this book (and series) is an answer to my prayers. . . .I found her at 7 am this morning, working problems with gusto! God bless.
My son greatly enjoy LoF: Geometry, and everyone in the house has read at least a little of Fred's story.
Hello, Dr. Schmidt,
I was pleased that there was no extra shipping charge. . . . I was jaw-droppingly amazed at your fast shipping (ordered Thursday late, arrive Saturday.) Then I opened the book. Next cool surprise—how often do you get a math book signed by the author? Sweet!
Finally, I started reading. And grinning. And laughing. It was wonderful!!!! What a hoot—I knew my 12 year old son would love it. We had some friends over after church on Sunday and they took to reading passages out loud. Who knew math could be so entertaining? You have truly used your gifts in a way that will bless many people.
I am a student who needs to get back into math, and your books are GREAT!! I found one at the library (Geometry) and wondered how I could purchase them. Thanks so much.
Dear Dr. Schmidt–
Thanks so much! I saw your geo book and it was wonderful!
I had been struggling for months over what to use for my math geek, and this was just the ticket. I bought the whole set of six books, and everyone in the family—even the nonmath folks—dived into poor Fred's Adventures.
LOVE your calculus book! Far better than my old college calculus books!!! This will not only help me teach my son, but I have been wanting to teach other homeschooled high schoolers advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Once I have time to start my classes, I may be ordering lots of books for my students. I especially appreciate all the humor.
Thanks a million! loved the book!!
[Enclosed a photo of his 13-year-old son] "absorbing" algebra and Life of Fred.
Thanks! We love these books!
My boys couldn't put it down. You are hysterical!
WOW! It is even better than I had hoped. My son and I just read the first chapter and we really enjoyed it. . . . Yours is the first living math book that I have ever seen. I am so excited that I will have a copy of Fractions to share. . . .Thank you for a great product and super fast shipping!
Life of Fred? The best thing I've ever read. No joke.
My friend . . . has been raving about your math books at church, and they have circulated among our homeschoool community like wildfire. This is mostly because her math-adverse daughter . . . after years of resisting traditional math instruction, ensconced herself in the living room easy chair and completed something like 25 lessons of one of the pre-algebra books in one weekend, Voluntarily!!!!
My engineering husband took a two minute look at the trig book and said "I like it, it's real math applied in real situations, let's get some." He's also delighted with the sense of humor throughout the books.
Dear Dr. Schmidt—
My 14-year old worked on the algebra book all the way home from Colorado. A very good sign!
LOF is the best math book I've ever used.
I love the book.
I really appreciate your modest pricing and your desire to help people love math. Your prices are much better than other curriculum.
I work for the Department of the Navy at [omitted]. Your statistics book opens the possibility of teaching a stat course here for all of the officers who report for two to three year tours of duty as "test directors". . . . I was not ever one to read a math book but this stuff is fun and at age 62, I actually feel like [I'm] starting to really understand what I have been doing for the last 40 years.
By the way, my son used to be math resistant till he started reading your book. Thank you for all the humor. :o)
Oh Yippee! now I can start at the beginning of math and finally get it through my thick head!! Can't wait.... This will be great for the grandkids to start with also. I'll be ordering a ton of books!!!
Thank you! Enjoying Alg 1 already. Love your approach. Please send me copy of Statistics.
Thanks for such a wonderful book!
Thank you so much for the Life of Fred book. I love the fact that he [Fred] is 5 and teaching at KITTENS. You make it really real, and fun to learn. Go Fred!!!!
[posted on a chat site] I just ordered Advanced Algebra (Alg II) and really like it (for $29 I thought it was worth buying without seeing). The story's great, the math is solid—and we really need a break from Saxon. . . . I talked to the author on the phone—he's a really interesting person. I like his approach to math.
[from the same person in a later posting] I had bought his book and e-mailed him a ton of questions. Boy was I surprised to get a phone call from him! He said that he wrote his books from a Christian perspective but didn't hit readers over the head with it. I asked him whether there was anything in his books that I, as a Catholic, would be uncomfortable with. He said no—and I haven't found anything so far. We went from there on tangents about Catholic poetry, songs, etc—it was a great conversation.
[a different person posting] OK. Bought Algebra and Trig. The girls are so thrilled with these books! [name omitted] even continued to do math problems while everyone was watching Star Gate (we are sci-fi geeks here). Even [different name omitted], who is not fond of math, loved the first chapter of Algebra (I had intended to do Saxon 87 with her, but this is so much more engaging!). . . . I had planned on (and purchased) Saxon Calc., but now she [her daughter] is thinking that Life of Fred Calc. sounds much better.
[a posting on a chat site] . . . was struggling with Saxon Algebra last year (she was doing Seton curriculum and so we had to use Saxon—which I personally don't like). I pulled out LoF Algebra—she whipped thru it and was able to catch up and finish Saxon no problem. Besides, the guy—Stanley Schmidt is a riot!
Hi Dr. Schmidt,
Dear Professor Schmidt,
On Saturday, my friend lent me a her copy of "Life of Fred: Fractions". That evening after supper, I started to read it and giggled so much my daughter came and sat beside me to see what I was reading. . . . We got a piece of paper and a pencil, and she wouldn't stop until we had read five lessons. . . . She said: "This is the funniest math book I have ever seen."
It was her bedtime, and I hid the book because I knew that if she found it she would read the story. . . .
Tonight, she asked to do some more. I kept saying "OK, that's enough for today; we can continue tomorrow," and she kept saying "Just one more page," and we're at p. 74 after two sessions. Incredible.
Dear Mr. Schmidt,
I have a 10-year-old math-hating daughter and a 12-year-old son who loves to read. I just wanted to let you know that after checking out Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra from our library we are more interested than ever. My son thinks it looks so much more intriguing than a typical math book and is eager to give it a try this coming school year. Even my daughter has admitted that it looks like a fun way to learn math.
LOVE the books. can't believe they actually exist!!! you've ended my math search for high school and myself!!! thankyou thankyou thankyou
Both my daughter and I were thrilled when we began to read through the books. This is the FIRST TIME EVER I have seen true excitement from my daughter when it comes to math! She took the book into her new room and read the first several pages. I could hear her LAUGHING as she read. She begged to begin her new math the next day. The most amazing part is that we just began our "summer."
Thank you for making math affordable as well as interesting!
Got this today and LOVE what I've read. . . . Thanks very much. I'm positive my boys will actually enjoy math for a change.
My 11 year old daughter just took a peak (read the first chapter) at her 13 year old brother's Beginning Algebra LOF and said to herself (but I heard her) "This is fun!" Thought you would enjoy that testimonial.
Dear Dr. Stan:
I am shocked and awed...in a really good way!!! Stanley, these books are AWESOME! . . . That's $19 bucks well spent! Thanks for all your hard work.
Dear Dr. Schmidt,
My 11 yo son just loves the Fred math. He'll see something in other books or just in daily life and say Fred... this.... or Fred... that.... He saw a random bicycle riding along the sidewalk, and then a random kid walking and he made up a D=RT problem right there in the car as to when the bicycle might catch up to the walker.
I am using Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra for my 7th grade GATE Seminar math class. No more groans, instead we have laughter.
[a Web site review]
All Hail, Fred and Stan!
I've borrowed her first few books to see exactly what makes this curriculum so great in her eyes. After working through the Fractions book, I'll have to say, it's the most unorthodox, unusual teaching material I have every seen!!!!
. . . From the time I was in 2nd grade, I cried my way through math. In high school, I wrote my best friend's term papers and she did all my algebra.
Now, here I am with your book; this thin funny little thing that's filled with obscure (and seemingly pointless & unrelated!) information. And yet, I've found myself sitting at the kitchen table, giggling over the story lines, working out problems and actually "getting it" for the first time in my life!!!! :)
And that's a very good thing since I am now a homeschool mother of 5. . . . I'm wondering where Fred's been all my life????!!!!! :)
. . . Just so you know, even my 7 and 9 year olds are BEGGING me to read the story of Fred to them!!!! Enough so that they're grabbing paper and pencils attempting to answer the questions with their siblings so I'll read more!!! I've never seen anything like it.
Return to Home Page, click here.