There are so many ways to make math. Ways to learn, ways to understand, ways to make sense of mathematics in our modern world. We pursue math in multiple modalities in our class, and lately we have returned to Life of Fred, which is ... weird. (In a good way!). Life of Fred books are written by a Ph.D mathematician, Stanley Schmidt, who uses storytelling via the premise that the character "Fred" is a five-year-old mathematician teaching at a fictional university in Kansas.
We read Life of Fred in the 2017-2018 school year, but last year were having too much fun with Miquon to make time for Fred. Well, this winter Fred is back! The best way to grasp Life of Fred is through direct experience, so without further ado, what follows are chapters 1-5 from Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents: