What Makes Us Unique?
Miss Humblebee's Academy is an award-winning, online and offline curriculum that prepares children ages 3 to 6 for kindergarten proficiency. At Miss Humblebee's Academy, we believe in order to fully prepare your child for a lifetime of learning success, there needs to be a combination of online and offline learning. Our Offline Curriculum section takes the information your child has learned online and lets them use it offline through the use of hands-on activities.
Miss Humblebee's Academy is a thematic-based curriculum, where core disciplines are connected by a common theme (e.g., All About Me, Animal Classes, My Five Senses). The benefits of a thematic approach is that children will develop learning skills more quickly because material is presented in an inter-disciplinary manner. The lessons are in the following subject areas: Language & Literacy, Math, Science & Social Studies, Art & Music, Social & Emotional Learning, and Fitness.
The Cognitive Skills Assessment evaluates three specific domains that are legislatively mandated for kindergarten readiness. The domains are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.
- Language and literacy development
- Cognition and general knowledge (math and science)
- Social and emotional development
Progress and Performance Reports
Miss Humblebee's Academy provides weekly reports on lesson progress and performance that are emailed as well as readily available online at all times. Caregivers, educators, and librarians can go to one place to track child and classroom success.
The reports are designed to:
- Help identify a child's strengths
- Pinpoint trouble spots
- View improvement over time
- Measure progress based on length of practice time
With the use of any device (iOS or Android tablets or phones), your child will enjoy learning with the help of Miss Humblebee's Academy. Whether you are going for a quick ride in the car or a plane ride across the country, be sure to bring this engaging learning tool along.
Miss Humblebee's Academy offers traditional academic and developmental resources, but we also believe kindergarten readiness extends far beyond traditional academics. We provide the necessary resources for caregivers, educators, and librarians to take learning offline and outside with our offline curriculum. We also empower caregivers to raise children to become healthy, contributing members of society, by giving children responsibilities that extend beyond the traditional learning environment. For example, by allowing children to be responsible for specific chores, they can begin contributing in their home and then the world around them. We provide templates for learning schedules, chore charts by age, and even a reward system that you can stick with. The following resources are only available for members when they are signed in:
Why MHA for school readiness?
According to the Department of Education Early Learning Challenge, there are five essential domains (sometimes referred to as categories) of school readiness. These five domains each contain multiple milestones further defining requirements.
Miss Humblebee's Academy has provided the necessary tools to prepare your child for kindergarten:
Meet Our Class
Miss Humblebee was in line to be the next Queen Bee, but left the hive to follow her dream and help children everywhere.
She's patient, nurturing, confident and a hard worker, but enjoys sitting back and watching nature and all its beauty grow.
Oly is named for the word "Olympian." He's confident, cool, relatable, popular because he's nice and helpful.
He's born to be cool, and aspires to be Superman. Oly's favorite subject is math.
Fiby is named for the Greek word Phoebe, which means "brilliant".
She is a tomboy who likes to have lots of fun, similar to Peppermint Patty, and not prissy. She loves to read and has a very active imagination. Loves adventures and exploring.
Fiby's favorite subject is language and learning.
Mic is named for Paul McCartney. He's relaxed, has an easy-going personality, and loves life and all living things. He is an emotional artist who expresses himself through music.
Mic's favorite subject is music.
Raffi's named for Dr. Rafael Royo-Torres, a Spanish paleontologist. He's energetic, loves dancing, has an infectious personality, and is bubbly.
Raffi's favorite subject is science and social studies
Jia is named for Huajia, Chinese for "painter". She's thoughtful, polite, kind (especially to plants), sweet, gentle, and knows she's cute.
Jia's favorite subject is art.
Subjects We Teach
Language & Literacy
Miss Humblebee's Academy language and literature helps children develop skills required by the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the Common Core State Standards. Preschool through kindergarten-aged children learn basic concepts and build a strong foundation in letter knowledge and sound. The curriculum gradually becomes more challenging as the child advances.
Children will learn:
- Alphabet knowledge, sounds each letter represents and writing practice sheets
- Upper and lowercase letter recognition
- Follow multi-step auditory directions
- Blends (br, tr) and digraphs (ch, sh)
- Segmenting and putting sounds together to create words
- Parts of a book
- Categorizing like words
- Sight words
- Auditory discrimination; example: distinguishing the difference between bin and pin
In addition, your child and you will enjoy hours of educational and entertaining reading that spans many literature styles. You’ll find traditional stories such as The Crow and the Pitcher and The Lion and the Mouse, as well as new stories and poems written exclusively for Miss Humblebee's Academy, all richly illustrated.
Miss Humblebee’s Academy Math helps preschool through kindergarten-aged children develop skills required by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, and the Common Core State Standards. Children learn basic concepts and gain a strong foundation in number recognition, counting, and writing. The curriculum gradually grows more challenging as the child advances.
Children will learn:
- Matching and sorting
- Number recognition, counting, and writing practice sheets 1-100
- Ordinal terms -- first, second, third...
- Prepositions -- on, under, above, up, below, left, right, middle
- Shapes – 2D and 3D and writing practice sheets
- Patterns – identifying, copying and creating
- Weight, size, and capacity
- Addition and subtraction
Children explore art through the ages by learning about famous painters and paintings, as well as different forms of artistic expression. Children will also listen to auditory cues to paint by number and paint by letter.
Learning about art becomes even more exciting when children create their own masterpieces. Miss Humblebee's Academy offers hundreds of drawing, coloring, and tracing activities that can be completed on the computer or printed out to be used offline. Every artwork completed by the child can be turned into a puzzle with three levels of difficulty.
More than 60 songs ranging from traditional music such as:
"Hey, Diddle Diddle"
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
to new exclusive thematic music, including:
"I'm a Shark"
"The Vowel Song"
"Shapes, Shapes, They're Everywhere"
You and your child will enjoy hours of educational, entertaining music spanning many music genres.
The music is available for listening on the site as well as for purchase in our Shop.
Social & Emotional Learning
Collection of nearly 100 online classroom lessons and offline extension activities help children learn how to regulate their emotions, develop self-confidence, and more. Includes digital animations, real-life video modeling, songs, and eBooks for both online and offline opportunities.
Short on-demand videos and printables to encourage kids to get moving as part of a healthy lifestyle.
What is School Readiness?
Language & Literacy
According to the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, language is not the same as speech. Language consists of a set of social standards that shows comprehension of the meanings behind words, putting words together in a sentence in order to communicate and understanding commands, directions and information given by others.
Literacy is the ability to read, view, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows you to communicate effectively.
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), “Early math concepts, [such] as knowledge of numbers and ordinality (e.g., first, second, third), were the most powerful predictors of later learning. • Early math is a more powerful predictor of later reading achievement than early reading problem solving and reasoning are the heart of mathematics.
According to the Head Start Early Learning Framework Social & Emotional Development refers to the skills necessary to foster secure attachment with adults, maintain healthy relationships, regulate one's behavior and emotions, and develop a healthy concept of personal identity.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills involve the coordination of small muscles in the hands and fingers. Strong fine motor skills are essential to complete tasks such as writing, cutting, putting together a puzzle, using a spoon and fork properly, as well as getting dressed.
According to Psychology Today, fine motor skills in kindergarten were a predictor for reading and math achievement during elementary school.
Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills involve movement of the large muscles in arms, legs, and torso. Strong gross motor skills are essential in order for children to run, climb, throw, as well as engage in social play.
According to Kid Sense, gross motor skills impact your ability to navigate your environment (e.g. walking around classrooms, carrying your heavy school bag). Strong gross motor skills help children with their coordination, which impacts their confidence during physical activities.
A child's natural curiosity, ability to solve problems, and creativity all play a role in school readiness and success.
What the Caregivers Say
The music is totally rockin’! My son actually gets off the couch and starts dancing.
Miss Humblebee is an online wonderland of learning, fun, winning, singing and overall gloriousness.
My daughter's interest in literacy has increased, and her teacher has noticed a difference in her participation as well!
Miss Humblebee is a daily MUST for my two youngest (3 & 4)! They LOVE it, and I know they are learning!