Monday, May 25, 2009

Just a reminder...

Just a reminder that this is the last week to take advantage of my May Special! With any purchase of one or more of my Spring Kits you will recieve one of my PFDs (your choice) FREE!!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me (

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hearts and Trees Spring 2009 Kit!


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Introducing the Hearts and Trees
Spring 2009
Art, Nature Study and Handicraft Kit

Each kit includes the instructions and materials to complete easy and fun handicraft, art and nature study projects with a minimum of effort. (Please note that you will need to provide common art supplies such as paper, colored pencils, paint, glue, etc.)

I am really excited about the two handicraft projects in this kit. The first is a woven pouch made on a cardboard loom. Once you master the basics of weaving, there are so many things you can make! The yarn, weaving needle, cardboard and instructions are all included.

The second handicraft project is to make your own screen for screen printing, using the provided Scratch-a-Print screen. This is a surprisingly easy and very fun project. The screen is reusable, so you will be able to make many prints of your design.

The art aspect of this kit is focusing on Winslow Homer. The art print for this kit is Winslow Homer's "Mink Pond." A notebooking page for Winslow Homer is included as well as an art element worksheet focusing on Value-Light and Shadows.

There is also a set of copy work pages focusing on frog poetry. There are two blank lined pages you can use for the copy work, as well as a page of frog poetry and suggestions for how to use them.

The nature study portion of this kit is focusing on frogs and nature study near lakes, rivers, streams or ponds. My mom helped me to design a frog file-folder book (which you could mount on cardstock if you prefer). In the lapbook there are components for vocabulary, frog facts, bullfrog facts, frog noises, and the frog life cycle. In the lapbook you can also mount your life cycle of a frog drawing (instructions for this drawing project are included).

I have also included a laminated nature study card designed to help you as you explore the area near a river, pond, steam or lake.

We also thought it would be fun to give you some ideas of how you can use the projects from this kit to throw a frog-themed art and nature study party showcasing what you've learned using this kit. So we have included a one page sheet of ideas to help you plan a Frog Party for your friends and family. There are ideas for invitations, refreshments, activities and how to present your projects from the kit.

In all this kit includes: 2 handicraft projects, 1 drawing project, 2 art notebooking pages, 1 art print, 1 frogs lapbook, 1 set of frog poetry copy work pages and 1 laminated nature study card.

Complete Contents List:

  1. Woven pouch on a cardboard loom- materials (cardboard, yarn, plastic weaving needle) and instructions
  2. Screen printing project- materials (scratch and print screen) and instructions
  3. Winslow Homer art print “Mink Pond”
  4. Winslow Homer notebooking page
  5. Art element worksheet- focusing on value- light and shadow
  6. Frogs Lapbook- (6 page set of lapbook pages with color cover) Note: file folder is NOT included
  7. Life Cycle of a Frog drawing project- materials (cardstock) and instructions
  8. Laminated nature study card- focusing on river, stream, lake or pond observations
  9. Frog poem copy work set- three pages (2 blank copy work pages and a page of frog poems)
  10. Plan a Frog-Themed Event instructions sheet

These kits were gathered with children ages 6-12 in mind. Parents may need to help their students, especially younger children, with some aspects of this kit.

To purchase a kit you will just need to make a PayPal payment to my account. You can do that using the "Pay Now" buttons in my sidebar. Just be sure to use the button for the right number of kits you would like to purchase.

The cost per kit is $11.95 plus shipping. Shipping for one kit will be $2.75 First Class. Shipping for two kits will be $4.00 First Class and shipping for three kits will be $7.00 First Class (Please note if you purchase three kits it will come in two envelopes). For information about purchasing more than three kits, please email me for shipping information. Shipping prices are for the US and Canada. (For information about shipping outside of the US and Canada, please email me.)

All kits will ship within 3 business days after I receive payment. (Usually the next day.)

If you are interested in purchasing any of the PDFs I am currently selling (they are in my sidebar) and you wish to make a combined payment for multiple items, feel free to email me for a total.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tint and Shade Paint Project Video Tutorial

Here is a project that I think would go really nicely with the Value Art Element Worksheet that is incuded in my Hearts and Trees Spring Art, Handicraft and Nature Study Kit.

You may need to click over to my blog to see this video tutorial if you are reading this via a feed.

For this project you will need:
  • Tempera paint (black, white and one other color)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pallette or plate to mix you paint on
  • Cup of water
  • Paper with circles printed on it
  • Papertowels
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface
Feel free to email me photos or leave me links to photos of your complete projects. I love to see how everyone uses the ideas on my blog.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Spring Kit May Special Offer!

May Hearts and Trees Spring Kit Special Offer!
I have decided to offer a May Special for my Hearts and Trees Spring kits. Now until the end of this month with any puchase of one or more spring kits you will recieve one of the PDFs I offer through my blog FREE!! You even get to choose which set of PDF pages you would like to receive!

Still Life Art Show Mini Unit Study Notebooking Pages PDF

More info here

Clouds in Art Mini Unit Study Notebooking Pages PDF

More info here.

Weather Lapbook Pages PDF
More info here.

Mammals Lapbook Pages PDF

lapbook inside
More info here.
*If you are interested in taking advantage of this special, you will just need to purchase a kit before May 31st (or before I run out of kits-my supplies are limited). You can find all the information about this kit as well as specific purchasing information in my Hearts and Trees Spring 2009 Kit post. When you check out with PayPal, in the notes for merchant section, just mention which of the four PDFs you would like me to email you. You can expect the PDF to be emailed you within 24 hours of my receiving your payment. If you have any questions, feel free to email me ( and I will get back to you as quickly as possible. Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Spring Nature Walk Worksheet

Last spring I put together a Spring Nature Walk Worksheet which I shared here on my blog. If you haven't already seen it, be sure to check it out.

Spring is a perfect time to get out and enjoy the changing seasons. Because spring is a time of change, it can be really exciting to spend a little extra time in nature study- observing new growth, listening to streams rushing from runoff and hunting out wildflowers.

My worksheet is designed to get you and your kids outside, looking for specific things and spending time exploring nature using your different senses. On this worksheet I have included a space to sketch something you find during your nature walk if you have not yet started your own nature journal.

If you use this nature walk worksheet, feel free to leave me a comment. I love hearing how people are using my scavenger hunt worksheets.


And if you are looking to include more nature study in your homeschool, be sure to check out my Spring Art, Handicraft and Nature Study Kit. The nature study portion of this kit focuses on frogs- a fun topic I am sure you and your children will enjoy studying together.