Life of Fred: Geometry

by Ph.D. Stanley F. Schmidt Author

(From Amazon): My daughter Louisa used to hate math. Then we discovered The Life of Fred and now she LOVES math! At first, I was highly suspicious as I listened to Louisa laugh through her math lessons and totally enjoy doing them. I was stunned to watch her go straight for math when she started her homeschool work each morning. I picked up the book and read an outlandish story about a miniature boy named Fred and all his adventures. I was impressed to say the least! How could a girl who hates math actually be enjoying? I contacted Stan Schmidt, the author of the Life of Fred, and a retired college math professor of 28 years whose self-proclaimed mission is to help kids love math. I asked him, "How do I know a student who does Life of Fred will retain it?," to which he replied, "How much of your school algebra did you retain?" Ouch! If you have a creative child who is languishing on traditional math programs, you'll love Life of Fred! Beware: This is not a traditional math book. This is a child-directed course. The student reads the adventure story, does the math problems that occur as a natural part of the story, and checks their answers (the solutions are right there for the looking.) And learns to love math in the process! (Compare to Saxon at $50-70) Contents: Points and Lines, Angles, Triangles, Parallel Lines, Perpendicular Lines, Quadrilaterals, Area, Geometry Theories, Similar Triangles, Symbolic Logic, Right Triangles, Circles, Constructions, Non-Euclidean Geometry, Solid Geometry, Geometry in 4D, Coordinate Geometry, and Modern Geometry. Hardcover, 542 pages.


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Print Status
In Print
Z-Twist Books
1st Edition, 2009 printing


  • 1 Points and Lines
  • 2 Angles
  • 3 Triangles
  • 4 Parallel Lines
  • 5 Perpendicular Lines
  • 5 1/2 Chain the Gate
  • 6 Quadrilaterals
  • 7 Area
  • 7 1/2 Junior Geometry and Other Little Tiny Theories
  • 8 Similar Triangles
  • 9 Right Triangles
  • 10 Circles
  • 11 Constructions
  • 11 1/2 Non-Euclidean Geometry
  • 12 Solid Geometry
  • 12 1/2 Geometry in Four Dimensions
  • 13 Coordinate Geometry
  • 13 1/2 Flawless (Modern Geometry

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