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DD is in 3rd grade so she's ahead of the first book. I am going to look at each book's scope/spectrum... but it says that you should start at Apples even if your child is ahead. Any thoughs from families using this book series? Start at Apples or ahead?
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This is what I was thinking after the fact... she'll be missing a big chunk of the story line if we start in the middle.
Quoting jen2150:
My son is in 3rd grade and we started at apples. My son doesn't want to miss any of the stories. It makes great review. Maybe just go faster through the first book. We love life of fred. I like having variety in our math lessons.

We started with Fractions and Decimals since the Elementry series wasn't out at the time. I plan on getting the books so my daughter can read the stories, but we have quit using it as a curriculum. My daughter got frustrated with reading it and then doing the problems. She isn't a discovery and learn type of child, she prefers direct directions.