Preschool

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9am-1pm, children ages 3-6 years old join us for a Waldorf-inspired, seasonal curriculum from late August through June. Please find more information about this program here.

Singing, storytelling, free play, art, crafts, feeding the chickens our leftovers, and a wholesome snack are a part of every day.  We also do puppet shows, play games, make plant medicine, learn about the plants and animals around us, and garden.
Children bring their own lunches, and must have all of the proper gear to stay warm and dry in the weather.  We also have a wood-stove heated yurt where we eat and do art and crafts in the cold months.  We use a composting toilet, and the children pee outside.  This program is for children who are not prone to wander, and who can respond to verbal requests to stay with the group, as we do spend a part of our day outside of the fenced-in yard.

Rhythm

When we look around us, we see rhythm everywhere.  The sun rises and sets every day. The moon goes from new to full to new again every month.  The tides go in and out each day.  The seasons change from Spring to Summer, to Fall, to Winter every year.  We can even notice our heart beating all the time in rhythm, and our breath goes in and out, in and out.  When creating our days, our weeks, our months, and years, we mimic these rhythms because they work and they help us and the children feel safe and held.

Each day, we follow a similar rhythm:

9am ~ children arrive to Humming Hive

9:15am ~ morning activity (painting, seasonal craft, or baking)/free play

9:45am ~ clean up and circle time

10:15am ~ snack

10:45am ~ chores and get ready for the forest

 11am ~ journey to forest, free play in the forest

11:45am ~ story time

noon ~ return to the yard, lunch

12:45 ~ closing circle

1pm ~ children depart

The weekly rhythm guides our special morning activities and snack

Tuesdays: Oatmeal, Painting

Wednesdays: Millet, Seasonal Craft

Thursdays: Bread, Baking

Every year, we celebrate the changing of the seasons with special celebrations and festivals

Harvest Festival

Lantern Walk

Winter Solstice Spiral of Lights

Spring Waking up the Garden Party

Beltane Maypole Celebration

Welcome Summer/End of Year Picnic

 

Information for 2017-18 school year
Program cost: 10 monthly payments of $450
Non-refundable deposit: $150 due at enrollment time
(covers materials and supplies)

To enroll, please read the Humming Hive Parent Handbook and submit an application by looking for the “enrollment application” in the menu or clicking here.  Please also plan on attending an Open House, or scheduling a tour.  Once we have received your application, and you have visited Humming Hive, we will contact you for an enrollment meeting.
We still have a few spaces available for next school year!

Just Added! ~ Afternoons in the Yurt

This year, Miss Christy will be offering an aftercare program for children who are enrolled in our Tuesday-Thursday program for preschoolers.  There is room in the yurt for 3-6 children each afternoon.  Every afternoon, we will follow a similar rhythm.  After a short free play time outside, we will go into the yurt for a short quiet time.  During the quiet time, children can sleep or rest quietly while the teacher plays some soft music, sings, or tells a short nature story. Children may be given a piece of beeswax, or a simple toy to play with quietly, during this time.  After the rest time, we will “wake up” and have some free play time with toys that are open-ended and made from natural materials, such as colorful silks, branch blocks, and knitted dolls.  We will clean up after this and have a snack.  Snacks will be healthy and organic.  Once we have finished snack, we will put our outdoor gear back on and play in the yard until parents arrive.  Parents can pick up anytime between 3 and 3:30.
In the Winter, or whenever it is cold, we will be able to keep the yurt cozy and warm with our wood stove.

Afternoon Rhythm
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1:00 – 1:30 ~ free play in the yard until morning-only children depart
1:30 – 1:50 ~ quiet time
1:50 – 2:20 ~ free play inside
2:20 – 2:30 ~ clean up
2:30 – 2:50 ~ snack
2:50 – 3:00 ~ put on outdoor gear
3:00 – 3:30 ~ free play outside/parents pick-up

Cost of Program
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3 afternoons/week: $150/month
2 afternoons/week: $100/month
1 afternoon/week: $50/month
drop-in rate: $10/hour