I was able to snag Life of Fred at a discount. Trust me, that isn't terribly easy to do. With a "deal" on educents.com and a discount code at Christmastime, I decided to try the first three books with the boys. I ordered Apples, Butterflies, and Cats because buying any three was the best price offered.
I have stopped expecting miracles of math curriculum. I keep hoping for The One Math Miracle. I've tried many of them, several through the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Some of those we have hands down loved and Xav is on track, but Mal is still struggling along. There. It's out there. He's having a rough time with math.
So far, we've read and "played along" for six chapters. We have laughed and giggled our way through Fred's life story, well part of one random, snow-filled day in five year old Fred's life. The boys love the illustrations and Fred's artistic doll, Kingie.
Xav loves how every animal Fred draws has Fred's head on it.
Mal likes not doing any worksheets.
The few questions in each chapter are done in a notebook. Right now, we aren't learning anything new, but the practice is fun and I'm using Life of Fred daily, in addition to other math work. I can't think of a single kid who wouldn't love these stories.