Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Follow Hearts and Trees on Twitter!

I have just set up a Twitter account for Hearts and Trees. (I am new to Twitter so I am still trying to figure out how it all works!) This will be just another way I will share with you all things related to Hearts and Trees. Be sure to follow me if you are on Twitter!

Hearts and Trees Volume 1

Hearts and Trees 
Volume 1
All About Colors!

24 pages filled with fun and interesting art, handicraft and nature study projects for you and your child to complete!

Welcome to a new experiment from Hearts and Trees! I have put together an online magazine filled with fun and interesting art, handicraft and nature study projects to share with your children.

My goal for this magazine is the same as it was for my kits. It is my aim to encourage art, handicrafts and nature study in your homeschool by providing interesting and affordable ideas and products. This magazine is designed for children ages 6-12. Younger children will need more hands-on help from parents, while older children will be able to complete more of the projects on their own. It is my plan to offer a new volume of this magazine each month.

These volumes are going to be more topic/theme oriented than seasonal, so each volume will always be for sale on my blog and will provide fun and engaging projects no matter what the time of year.

Each volume will include notebooking pages and projects similar to what were included in my kits. The main difference is you will need to provide all the materials yourself. The last page of this magazine will always include a Supply List for you to consult as well as the link to an online Amazon store filled with all the things you will need to have on-hand to complete all of the projects in this volume of Hearts and Trees. It is my goal to include projects that will use materials that you most likely already have in your house or that can easily and affordably be obtained locally or online.

I would like to help you introduce your children to new art, handicraft and nature study projects that they can then take and make their own. Feel free to adapt and recreate this projects in your own way.

The theme for this volume is "All About Colors!"
Hearts and Trees Volume 1 Includes:
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Learn all about the color wheel!
Your child will learn about primary, secondary and tertiary colors using the color wheel flashcards. He will then make his own color wheel by mixing primary colors to make the secondary and then tertiary colors.

Does your child know what color is indigo? Or mauve? In the Color Names Vocabulary project he will be introduced to 20 new colors!

The feautired artist for this volume is the Fauvist artist Andre Derain. Your child will study his painting Charring Cross Bridge, London and then complete his own landscape imitating the style of the Fauvist artists.

What makes a rainbow? Your child will learn the answer to this question and then make his own rainbow indoors using water, a small mirror and sunlight!

Colors have an affect on our emotions and with the "How Colors Make us Feel" notebooking page your child will study two art prints and compare how the colors in the paintings make him feel.
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Make a digital photo collage with Picnik.
Your child will use a digital camera to photograph interesting colors and will then learn how to make a digital photo collage online using the FREE (no registration required) website Picnik. This is a really fun project your child is sure to love.

One of the handicraft projects in this kit is learn how to make beads out of recycled paper. This is a very fun and easy project your child is sure to enjoy. The color of the beads will depend entirely on what color of recycled paper you use!

Another handicraft project your child will complete in this volume of Hearts and Trees is a decorative embroidery project. Your child will embroider his name using two decorative stitches. He will learn how to backstitch and split stitch.

The nature study portion of this volume focuses on parrots. Your child will learn some facts about parrots and then choose a parrot to research more in-depth. He will also complete an art project using oil pastels (or whatever other medium you choose) to draw a tropical bird.

There is also a feature about colorful clothing around the world. Your child will learn a little about kimonos, saris and Mexican embroidery and then color his own kimono.

This magazine is jam-packed with fun and exciting projects for you in include in your homeschool. I am very excited to share this new product with you all.

The introductory price for
Hearts and Trees Volume 1 is just $3!
To purchase Volume 1 use the PayPal link in my sidebar.

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

Hearts and Trees Fall/Winter 2011 Kit

Hearts and Trees Fall/Winter 2011 Kit
For Sale Now!!!
Limited Number Available!
There are some really fun and exciting projects in this kit. Each kit includes the instructions and most of the materials to complete easy and fun art, handicraft and nature study projects. (Please note you will need to supply some common art supplies to complete these projects such as scissors, paintbrush and markers.)
To start with we have a mini canvas magnet project. Your child will design an abstract painting on a miniature canvas. It's just 2" x 4"! The mini canvas and the magnetic tape are included as well as all the instructions to get you started.
The next project is a pair of finger knit flowers. These are so simple and fun to make. Your child will learn to finger knit using my video tutorials. The yarn and yarn needle needed to complete this project are included in your kit. (Yarn colors will vary.)
The next project is a newspaper butterfly garland. Your child will make a colorful butterfly garland to hang up somewhere in your house. The instructions and twine are included.
With the last handicraft project in this kit, your child will learn how to make a 3-dimensional "painting" with tissue paper pulp. Your child will really enjoy this new technique. All the tissue paper, canvas and instructions needed to complete this interesting project can be found in this kit.

The featured artist is Martin Johnson Heade and the art print is his Blue Morpho Butterfly. There is a notebooking page focusing on Heade and the included art print.

The art element being discussed in this kit is contrast. The contrast notebooking page will help your child to learn what contrast in art is and to recognize contrasts in the Blue Morpho Butterfly art print.

There is also a notebooking page focusing on textures. There is a texture rubbing project your child will complete. He will be encouraged to think of descriptive words to describe different textures he views in works of art.

The nature study portion of this kit is a 3 page set of notebooking pages focusing on butterflies. Your child will learn about the life cycle of butterflies, how to tell a male and female monarch butterfly apart and the anatomy of a butterfly.

In all this kit includes:
2 handicraft projects, 2 art projects, 1 art print, 1 artist notebooking page,
2 art element notebooking pages and 1 set of nature study notebooking pages

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 "Add to Cart" buttons in my sidebar. Just be sure to select the right number of kits you would like to purchase.

The cost per kit is $12. plus shipping. Shipping for one kit will be $3 First Class. Shipping for two kits will be $5 First Class and shipping for three kits will be $8 First Class. (Please note if you purchase 3 kits they will come in 2 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 of payment being made. Feel free to add any of my PDFs to your cart before you purchase a kit. I have purchased materials for a limited number of kits so be sure to purchase your kit soon

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at Please note, I currently DO NOT have Internet at my house, so it may take me a day to get back to you. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Nature Study in Your Notebook

I am pleased to share a  free tulips nature study printable for your nature notebook!

I have joined up with five other awesome bloggers for the "Nature in Your Notebook Printables" link-up. This is just the thing if you are in a winter nature study slump! Feel free to visit all 6 of our blogs and download our free printables for your nature notebook. (Links are below.)

My contribution to this link-up is a free PDF that focuses on tulips. Your child will examine tulips found in your neighborhood, learn the parts of a tulip and study two famous paintings of tulip fields.

If you enjoy this PDF be sure to check out my other art, nature study and handicraft PDFs. Links are in the sidebar.

Barb from Handbook of Nature Study
Cindy from Our Journey Westward
Maureen from Spell Outloud
Jimmie from Jimmie's Collage
Lauren from Mama's Learning Corner

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