I wanted all of my kids to learn about statistics and have a basic idea about how they are generated because so much data we receive is actually in a statistical format (whether we realize it or not).
All three of my kids took a Statistics class in high school. With the oldest, we used a book that we found to be a little difficult to understand.
So, we tried Life of Fred Statistics for the middle child and enjoyed it – so the youngest used it also!
The book presents statistics using a silly story format. It includes quite a few practice problems.
Life of Fred Statistics lends itself well to your student self-teaching. If you don’t know statistics, you can learn right along with them!
The book teaches descriptive statistics, probability, and more. It is a very good foundational class for a student to have under their belt before taking statistics in college.
Here are the resources we used in our Introduction to Statistics Class:
There is now available an Expended Edition of the book. If you choose to use the expanded edition, you may have to modify the class schedule.
Completing the Statistics Class:
This Statistics class schedule was designed to be completed over the course of thirty weeks, working on the course three days per week.
The course schedule lists the page numbers in the book to read and the problem sets to complete. The problem sets have odd names such as “Empire” and “Garland”.
With some of the problem sets, we just completed the odd numbered problems. That is indicated in the schedule. If you child needs further practice, you could have them work all of the problems.
On the high school transcript, we called the class “Statistics” and gave one credit hour.
To determine how much credit you should give your student, count the hours your student spends on the class.
This class is best completed by an upper level high school student who has a good grasp of Algebra.