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1. Does Miss Humblebee's Academy provide a safe, secure learning environment for children?

Yes. With no pop-ups, ads, or links to other sites, children learn in a safe, secure online environment.
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2. What do I do if I forgot my username and/or password?

Option 1: If you have an account through a school, ask the teacher to reset the password.
Option 2: The child can sign in through the adult’s account.
Option 3: If you can’t remember the adult’s account password, select ”Forgot password” and enter your email address. Miss Humblebee’s Academy will email password reset instructions to you.
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3. Can children navigate Miss Humblebee's Academy independently or should I sit with them?

Our goal is to create a partnering learning environment among educators, caregivers, and children. However, that isn’t possible 100 percent of the time. All lessons have visual and auditory cues to help children progress through the lessons and the site independently. This feature makes it suitable for use by both caregivers and children together and by children on their own under minimal supervision (depending on age and ability).
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4. If an account has more than one child, can all the children be signed in, on separate devices, and use Miss Humblebee's Academy at the same time?

Yes, all children, on one account, can access Miss Humblebee’s Academy simultaneously.
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5. I'm experiencing a problem using the website. What should I do?

Please complete and submit the contact form, which has a few questions about your device. Once we receive your submission, we’ll make resolving the issue our top priority.
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Curriculum

1. What is Miss Humblebee's Academy supplemental curriculum?

Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an award-winning supplemental curriculum for children in preschool through kindergarten based on the Common Core State Standards, the research of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.
  • The supplemental curriculum is interactive and has full sound cues.
  • It includes all major subjects: language and literacy, math, science, and social studies, art and music, social and emotional learning, and fitness.
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2. How does Miss Humblebee's Academy teach the skills for kindergarten proficiency?

Miss Humblebee’s Academy helps children ages three to six learn from beginning skill level through kindergarten proficiency with hundreds of lessons. The supplemental curriculum is delivered in a choice of two ways or a combination of both:
  • A guided, step-by-step approach to learning that progresses sequentially. As children advance through the curriculum, lessons become more challenging.
  • Caregivers can choose the order of curriculum topics according to their preference.
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3. How many of the lessons are targeted at a specific age?

All children, regardless of age, will have the same number of lessons. Children progress and learn differently, and in many cases excel in a particular subject area. Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a thematic-based curriculum, where core disciplines are connected by a common theme. The benefit of a thematic approach is that children will develop learning skills more quickly because the material is presented in an interdisciplinary manner. 

Caregivers can customize the types of lessons that children work on based on particular skills from each of the curriculum subject categories. This can be set up in “Customized Learning” in the “Students” section of the dashboard. The lessons will appear in the “My Learning” area in the classroom.

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4. How do I select my child’s learning plan?

Caregivers can choose from three learning plans, based on their child’s needs: 
  • Guided Learning — A step-by-step approach to learning that progresses sequentially. 
  • My Learning — The caregiver selects specific subjects and skills they want their child to focus on. 
  • Choose a Lesson — Thematic-based lessons connect core disciplines by common themes.
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5. Can lessons be grouped and/or sorted by age?

As referenced above, Customized Learning allows caregivers to select specific kinds of lessons that they want their child to focus on from any of the curriculum subject categories. They’ll appear in the “My Learning” area of the classroom.
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6. Does Miss Humblebee's Academy have offline material?

Yes. The off-line curriculum accounts for 40 percent of the material, offering lessons, extension activities, printables, and practice worksheets to balance and minimize screen time.
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7. Does Miss Humblebee's Academy provide worksheets?

Yes. Miss Humblebee’s Academy has practice worksheets for letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and sight words.
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Assessment

1. What is a cognitive skills assessment?

This is a 15-question assessment. Having your child take a cognitive skills assessment is recommended to:
  • Establish a baseline of kindergarten readiness.
  • Measure improvement compared to subsequent cognitive skills assessments (e.g., every three weeks and after 50 lessons).
  • Benchmark kindergarten readiness compared to industry standards.
  • Provide access to reporting 24/7. 
How it works: 
  • It typically takes about 5-10 minutes.
  • You can stop and start as time permits.
  • If you choose not to take a cognitive skills assessment, Miss Humblebee will remind you at each log-on. 
The cognitive skills assessment evaluates three domains for kindergarten readiness. These domains are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.
  1. Language and literacy development
    • Language — listening and understanding:
      • Shows progress in understanding and following simple and multistep directions.
      • Understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.
    • Literacy — phonological awareness:
      • Shows increasing ability to discriminate and identify sounds in spoken language.
      • Shows growing awareness of the beginning and ending sounds of words.
      • Progresses in recognizing matching sounds and rhymes in familiar words. 
      • Shows growing ability to hear and discriminate between separate syllables in words.
      • Associates sounds with written words, such as awareness that different words begin with the same sound.
    • Literacy — print awareness and concepts:
      • Recognizes a word as a unit of print, or awareness that letters are grouped to form words.
      • Literacy — alphabet knowledge:
      • Shows progress in associating names with their shapes and sounds.
      • Increases ability to notice the beginning letters in familiar words.
      • Identifies letters of the alphabet. 
  2. Cognition and general knowledge 
    • Mathematics — numbers and operations: 
      • Demonstrates increasing interest and awareness of numbers and counting as a means of solving problems and determining quantity.
      • Begins to associate number concepts, vocabulary, quantities, and written numerals in meaningful ways.
      • Develops increasing ability to count in sequence to 10 and beyond.
      • Begins to make use of one-to-one correspondence in counting objects and matching groups of objects.
      • Begins to use language to compare numbers of objects with terms such as “more,” “less,” “greater than,” “fewer than,” and “equal to.”
      • Develops increased abilities to combine, separate, and name “how many” concrete objects.
    • Mathematics — geometry and spatial sense:
      • Begins to recognize, describe, compare, and name common shapes, their parts, and attributes.
      • Progresses in the ability to put together and take apart shapes. 
      • Begins to be able to determine whether two shapes are the same size and shape.
      • Shows growth in matching, sorting, putting in a series, and regrouping objects according to one or two attributes, such as color, shape, or size.
      • Builds an increasing understanding of direction, order, position of objects, and words such as “up,” “down,” “over,” “under,” “top,” “bottom,” “inside,” “outside,” “in front,” and “behind.”
    • Mathematics — patterns and measurements:
      • Enhances abilities to recognize, duplicate, and extend simple patterns using a variety of materials.
      • Shows increasing abilities to match, sort, put in a series, and regroup objects according to one or two attributes, such as shape or size.
      • Begins to make comparisons between several objects based on a single attribute.
    • Science — scientific knowledge:
      • Expands knowledge of and respect for their bodies. 
  3. Social and emotional development
    • Self-concept and self-efficacy:
      • Identifies different emotions.

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2. What is kindergarten readiness?

According to the Department of Education Early Learning Challenge, there are five essential domains, or categories, of school readiness: 
  1. Language and literacy development
  2. Cognition and general knowledge, including early mathematics and early scientific development
  3. Approaches toward learning
  4. Physical well-being and motor development, including adaptive skills
  5. Social and emotional development
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:
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3. What determines a child’s eligibility for assessments?

A child is eligible to take subsequent assessments after three weeks and 50 lessons have been completed.
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Technology

1. Is Miss Humblebee's Academy available at home and on the go via tablets?

Yes. The supplemental curriculum was developed in HTML5, so whether you’re going for a quick ride in the car or a plane ride across the country, you can take Miss Humblebee’s lessons with you on the go with a smart tablet.
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2. Which technology will Miss Humblebee's Academy work with?

Laptops/Computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

  • Firefox (Version 20+)
  • Google Chrome (Version 26+)
  • Microsoft Edge (Version 79+)
  • Internet Explorer (Version 11 only)

iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch): iOS 6+

  • Safari

Android tablets and smartphones

  • Stock browser (Android 4.4+)
  • Google Chrome (Version 26+)
  • Amazon Silk (Version 3.6+)
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3. Is there a Miss Humblebee's Academy app?

Yes. We have a Miss Humblebee's Academy Android-based app for $2.99. Please note, the app and the website do not link at this time.

Another option to simplify the web-version login process for your child is to create a Miss Humblebee's Academy icon on their computer's home screen. Make sure you are viewing the Miss Humblebee's Academy website using the Google Chrome web browser, and click the ••• icon in the right corner of the screen.

  • Select More tools
  • Select Create Shortcut
  • Edit the shortcut name
  • Click Create
  • You can also add websites to the home screen of any Smartphone or Tablet

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    Languages

    1. Is Miss Humblebee's Academy available in other languages?

    At this time, the classroom content is available in English only. We understand that language and literacy skills develop first in the child’s home language and that it’s essential to provide resources in other languages in hopes of building on what a child already knows. To offer opportunities for children to learn in their native languages, all content outside of the classroom, including off-line activities, assessments, lesson reports, and website content, can be translated into more than 100 languages using Google Translate. This equates to 40 percent of the content available outside the classroom.
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    2. Is Miss Humblebee’s Academy an English language learners (ELL) resource?

    Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an online kindergarten-readiness program and doesn’t expressly represent itself as an ELL resource. That said, with the classroom content provided in English and the ability for learners and their caregivers to supplement with translated activities and lessons, you can expect the learner will progress in listening to, understanding, and speaking English.
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    3. How does Miss Humblebee’s Academy help libraries support equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives?

    Miss Humblebee’s Academy curriculum is modeled after the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework because of its history and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Additionally, the Miss Humblebee’s Academy user interface and curriculum were updated in 2020 with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, including:
    • Removing binary, gender-based language throughout the curriculum.
    • Adding more diverse characters and student avatars.
    • Updating the term “parent(s)” to “caregiver(s)” throughout the website.
    • Adding short video tutorials led by a diverse group of teachers to address key kindergarten-readiness skills and concepts in all subject areas, including social and emotional learning (SEL).
    • Making World Changer eBooks available—a nonfiction series of eBooks that feature inspiring individuals of all ages from around the globe.
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    4. What content is available in Spanish?

    There is a menu option within the classroom environment to view the navigational thumbnails in Spanish or English. Content outside of the classroom, including off-line activities, assessments, lesson reports, and website content, can be translated into Spanish and more than 100 other languages using Google Translate. For future development, Miss Humblebee’s Academy is exploring opportunities to add new songs, activities, and lessons in Spanish.
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    Home

    How It Works

    1. How much does it cost?

    Home subscriptions are available monthly or annually. The cost per month is $7.95 for first child and $5.00 for each additional child. The cost per year is $79.95 for the first child, and $60.00 for each additional child.

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    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Caregivers should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them. Media & digital devices are an integral part of our world today. The benefits of these devices, if used moderately & appropriately, can be great. But research has shown that face-to-face time with family, friends & teachers, plays a pivotal & even more important role in promoting children’s learning & healthy development. Keep the face-to-face upfront & don’t let it get lost behind a stream of media & technology.”

    At Miss Humblebee’s Academy, we believe in a balance of online learning with offline learning. We also feel it’s important for children to use Miss Humblebee’s Academy two to three times per week for up to one hour per use to establish a routine and a steady learning path. To help minimize screen time, the off-line curriculum accounts for 40 percent of the material, offering lessons, extension activities, printables, and practice worksheets.
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    3. Do you offer a trial membership?

    Yes. We offer a free one-week trial. The assessment is available once your free trial period is over. You can either wait until then or be billed immediately for your first year or month.

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    4. Do you accept any form of payment other than credit card?

    The only payment we accept at this time is credit card. The easiest way to pay is via credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

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    5. Can I cancel my membership at any time?

    You can cancel your account anytime by going to Dashboard – Change Subscription – Cancel Subscription. You will continue to have access to misshumblebee.com until your next renewal payment is due. As explained in the terms and conditions, when you cancel, billing stops and no new charges will be billed to you. All plans are non-refundable. You can always reactivate your account by signing in at misshumblebee.com.

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    School

    How It Works

    1. Can children access Miss Humblebee's Academy from home?

    Yes! Miss Humblebee's Academy subscriptions offer children and educators unlimited access from any computer or smart device (iOS and Android tablets and phones) connected to the Internet. Therefore, children can practice from school or home.

    If you'd like to add an MHA icon to your device for quick access, use the following directions:

  • iOS devices

    In Safari, tap the "Share" icon. It looks like a rounded square with an arrow pointing up. On iPhones in portrait mode, it's located at the bottom of the screen in the center. On iPhones in landscape mode and also on iPads, it's located directly to the right of the address bar at the top. After tapping the "Share" icon, tap "Add to Home Screen" (you may need to scroll down to see this option). It will ask what to name it (it defaults to "MHA"). After naming it, tap "Add".

  • Android devices

    In Chrome, tap the three vertical dots located to the right of the address bar at the top and then choose "Add to Home screen" (you may need to scroll down to see this option). It will ask what to name it (it defaults to "MHA"). After naming it, tap "Add".

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    2. Can children use Miss Humblebee's Academy via tablets and smart phones?

    Yes. The curriculum was developed in HTML5, so children are able to access all of Miss Humblebee's Academy supplemental curriculum via tablets and smartphones.

    iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch): iOS 6+

    • Safari

    Android tablets and smartphones

    • Stock browser (Android 4.4+)
    • Google Chrome (Version 26+)
    • Amazon Silk (Version 3.6+)
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    District, School, & Class License

    1. How much does it cost?

    Please contact support@misshumblebee.com

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