Apple Tree Math Mat {Free Printable}

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Apple Tree Math Mat for Preschool from Homeschool Share

Fall is coming and bringing the traditional apple theme for preschoolers. Homeschool Share’s Apple Tree Math Mat fits perfectly with an apple theme and is good for practicing counting, learning one-to-one correspondence, and strengthening fine motor skills.

If you want to use and re-use your math mat, consider laminating it.

Apple Tree Math Mat from Homeschool Share

We have two versions for you to choose from:

Download Your FREE Black and White Apple Tree Math Mat

Download Your FREE Full Color Apple Tree Math Mat

If you are looking for more Apple Fun, visit our Apple Connections Page at Homeschool Share

Apple Connections Page at Homeschool Share includes apple themed lapbooks, unit studies, printables, and more!

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos


Picture books about math are a terrific way to help explain concepts, especially to younger kids who may be more visual.  The Boy Who Loved Math is a picture book about math that works for kids of all ages–even high schoolers!

Deborah Heiligman tells the story of Paul Erdos, a Hungarian mathematician who worked with others all over the world on mathematical problems.  Paul, who was the son of math teachers, was peculiar when he was growing up, to say the least.  Instead of trying to make him conform to society’s norms, though, his mother worked to accommodate his eccentricities.  Though many of his quirks stayed with him throughout his life, Paul–or “Uncle Paul” as he became known to many–found that many people were pleased to deal with his odd behavior if it meant the chance to work with such a brilliant man.  The Boy Who Loved Math is a good story because it’s just plain interesting to read about Erdos.  You might think a biography of a mathematician would be dry and boring, but this is a book filled with humorous and interesting anecdotes, such as the time Erdos stabbed a tomato juice carton with a knife because he couldn’t figure out how to open it.  It’s also a good story because it shows that a person can still be successful without conforming to all of society’s norms.  In fact, that might even lead to success in some cases.  The author’s note in the back of the book includes more information for those who want more detail, too.

LeUyen Pham’s illustrations are a perfect fit for this book.  They’re bright and interesting and just enjoyable to look at–after we read it together, I found both my nine year old and my four year old pulling it back out again to look through several times.  What is most interesting and fitting, though, is the way numbers and history are woven into each illustration.  As it says in the illustrator’s note in the back, “wherever possible, [she] tried to include some sort of mathematical concept or theory into a composition, whether in the form of equations, graphs, or number groups.”  The note goes on to explain, page by page, the concepts included in each picture.  This would be a great discussion starter for older math students as such topics as harmonic primes–and many other types of prime numbers, amicable numbers, and other higher-level mathematical concepts are included.

Before I read this book I had never heard of Paul Erdos, but this story made him real to me, which is exactly what he wanted to do with math for the rest of the world.  The Boy Who Loved Math is one of those rare picture books where students of all ages can learn new information, so make sure you check it out!

Summer School: Math

40+ FREE Math Printables from Homeschool Share

In the past we’ve schooled year round, but the last few summers I needed a break. I decided we’d do school lite instead of going on a complete hiatus. My boys were required to continue their math lessons and, of course, to keep reading. This kept their brains going and eliminated any need for review at the beginning of the school year.

Summer break is a great time to boost math skills and to cement concepts that weren’t sticking very well during the school year.

Have you seen Homeschool Share’s FREE (and fun!) math resources? We host over 40 resources that are perfect for keeping your child current with their math abilities!


Addition Facts Lapbook

Subtraction Facts Lapbook

Multiplication Facts Lapbook

Division Lapbook

Money Lapbook

Months of the Year Lapbook

Unit Studies

Learning Math Through Literature (lower elementary)

Sir Cumference Math Adventures Unit (upper elementary)

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy (middle school unit)

Games & Printables

We offer tons of fun and free math printables! Scroll to the bottom of our Math Connections Page and you will find a hidden treasure trove of printable activities (file folder games, graphs, a mini-office, and so much more!) to keep your student busy learning math this summer.

Enjoy your summer together and don’t forget to keep the learning alive!