Early Bee Special: Save $25 and Secure Your Spot!

BeeSmartBee Smart! Save money and help HIVE bee better!

Register by July 10 by making your first payment ($25) and you’ll receive a $25 discount on membership fees and secure your child’s place in the program! Pre-registration helps us by allowing us to secure insurance and more effectively plan our program.

Membership Fees for 2016-2017
$150 if you sign up by July 10.
$175 after July 10.

Payment Schedule
payment = $25 by July 10
payment = $62.50 by September 1
rd payment = $62.50 by November 1

payment = $25 at sign-up
payment = $87.50 by September 1
rd payment = $62.50 by November 1

How do I Pre-Register?
There are two ways to do it:
1. Paypal $25 to saralrfurlong@gmail.com with a note telling us your children’s names and ages.
2. E-mail saralrfurlong@gmail.com to let us know you’re interested and we’ll take your info and let you know an address where you can send a check.

We look forward to beeing your friend!!

HIVE Español

holaHIVE Español is a low-key group for families who are trying to integrate Spanish into their homeschool curriculum. Our goal is to provide accountability and fun as we take advantage of this phase of development when students are able to most easily learn foreign language.

Families will get together for lunch one day per month, test out their vocabulary, and play Spanish board games.

Not sure how to get started? Get in touch!!

HIVE Lego League

legoThis year, HIVE Cooperative will have our first official Junior First Lego League team!

Check out this video to learn more. VIDEO

What is Junior First Lego League?

Check out the description below from their website:

It’s never too early to discover STEM. STEM stands for to science, technology, engineering and math concepts. FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®.

Guided by adult Coaches, teams (up to 6 members, grades K-4) explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. Then they create a Show Me poster that illustrates their journey of discovery and introduces their team. They also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. At the close of each season, teams come together at Expos to strut their stuff, share ideas, celebrate, and have fun!

HIVE Hikes

hivehikesHive Hikes is an optional program for HIVE members that meets every other Friday at 1:30 p.m. The purpose of this group is to be deliberate about getting our kids out exploring nature – which has been proven over and over again to provide many benefits for children and adults.

Families take turns choosing locations for outdoor adventures. They could be a low-key walk through the woods, a more rigorous hike, checking out a natural feature of interest like a local waterfall, or any other planned outdoor activity.

In the winter, group outdoor play in a backyard would be perfectly acceptable most weeks, though parents can decide if they want to brave snowshoeing excursions or other adventures. (These can be rented for a few dollars at the Oneida Recreation Center.)

Check out the 2016-2017 schedule to see the days HIVE Hikes meets. We will fill in the excursion locations as we gather members in a separate Facebook group.

Looking forward to getting outside with you all!


End-of-Year Planning

A bunch of things for the end of the year that I finally had time to get to!

1. Schedule.

The schedule for the end of the year is partially complete and you can view it here: https://hivecooperative.com/experiences/schedule/.

We need volunteers to plan activities for the following slots:

-April 25: Bee day. Session 2/ little kids.
-April 25: Bee day. Session 2/ big kids.
-May 2: Pajama Day. Session 1/ all kids.
-May 2: Pajama Day. Session 2/ big kids.

May 16 we may or may not need a volunteer, depending on what we decide to do about the spring play.

2. Zoo trip.

Is May 9! Admission costs will come out of HIVE funds. 2 and under are free. Meet at gift shop at 9:45.

3. Spring play.

So many kids still seem so nervous about being in the play.
I was wondering if it might be more age-appropriate if we broke the kids into two groups and did two small plays for each other right at co-op. The plays would really just be story/poems that an adult narrator reads that incorporates all their chosen characters and they come out and can either say their lines or the adult can say their lines as part of the story (I’ll write these). Won’t require much practice at all and they will have the fun of “surprising” each other. And the kids can make trees as the “set” for the magical forest that we put up on the gym wall. Theater in the round on the gym floor might be less intimidating.

We could also have the kids do a talent show on that day and use the stage if the kids want to. I know many are eager to show off talents and activities they’ve been working on. 😉 This could take place on May 16.

Of course, if others think they should do a full-on play on stage on a weekend day, we can definitely consider it!

Or, if people talk to their kids and their interest level is not high, we could scrap the whole thing? The idea was that they would be very engaged because they would get to make decisions, but I’m wondering how much they actually want to do it!

4. Graduation?

A HIVE graduation ceremony has been mentioned in discussion. Thoughts on this? Should we do it? When? Details?

5. Surplus/ Year books.

Rich will figure out our exact surplus this week. So far, coming ut of the surplus is zoo admission and year books. (Heather had the idea that our funds could cover the cost and I thought it was a great idea so no one will have to find the money for that.)

We will determine what the additional surplus is and then we can either:

-Redistribute to members.
-Plan discounted admission/activity someplace to anyone who is interested?

6. Picnic.

We will have an end-of-the-year picnic on May 23 at the park where we had the nature scavenger hunt! Kids can play on the playground, have a picnic, and sign each other’s yearbooks.

Any other questions or ideas? We will also need to have a planning meeting at some point to discuss what we want to do next year for those who plan to be involved. We have a steering committee, but really, everyone needs to be involved so we can determine who we have and what we want HIVE to be next year.

Week 22: Poetry Day!

Hello! Happy April! Below are notes for Monday’s HIVE.

Because April is National Poetry Month, this Monday we will be celebrating with a Mad Hatter Poetry Tea Party.
Suring session 1, the kids will sit down to a tea party in tables of 6. They will have snacks and tea while the moms read them the poems they’ve brought to share.
*Each child should bring 4 things:*
  • A hat to wear (anything will do)
  • A poem to share
  • A snack to pass (if you have more than 1 child, just bring 1 – we should have plenty!)
  • A cup for tea (again, any mug will do!)
Thanks, mom (Lynn) for bringing in all those great tea pots! I will bring tablecloths, paper plates, spoons, and napkins.
We will need to discuss logistics for the spring play and fill in the schedule for the second half of April and May. Look for messages on Facebook coming soon!


April 4 – Javi
April 11 – Review with Bonnie

April 4:  Poetry Day! (Mad Hatter’s Poetry Tea Party)

–>Show & Tell: Caleb, Henry, Grace

10-10:15: Circle time. Show & tell. Discuss poetry

10:15-11:00: Session 1: In honor of National Poetry Month, we will host a Mad Hatter’s Poetry Tea Party.

11:00 – 11:30: Session 2: (3- & 4-year-olds). Sara Furlong will lead the kids in a rhyming game and making a color poetry book.

11:00-11:45: Session 2 (5- and 6-year-olds). Javi – human body – 5 senses.

11:30- 12:00: Free play. (Older kids will join when done with science.)

12:00-12:30: Lunch.

12:30-1:15: Gym.

1:15 – 2 (or whenever you want to leave or the  kids drop from exhaustion): Outdoor recess.



Week 21: Construction Day!

Hello, all! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s happy, healthy faces on the second day of SPRING!!!!!!

A few notes for the week:

-Pray for good weather! I long to see the kids running around outside in the sunshine again!

-No HIVE next week, 3/28.

-4/4 is poetry day.  (In honor of National Poetry Month.) The plan was to have a Mad Hatter’s poetry tea party where kids can bring poems to share (moms can read them) while they eat some treats, drink “tea,” and wear crazy hats. We can discuss plans in more detail on Facebook. 😉

New science schedule:

March 14 – Sara
March 21 – Ann Marie
March 28 – No HIVE
April 4 – Javi
April 11 – Review with Bonnie

March 21:  Building & Construction Day!

–>Show & Tell: Brielle, Oliver, Tori, and anyone who missed their turn who wants to go. 😉

10-10:15: Snack.

10:15-10:30:  Circle Time.

10:30 – 11:00: Session 1: Jasson Obomsawin will come to talk to us about being a builder and show us some cool tools!

11:00 – 11:30: Session 2: (3- & 4-year-olds). Jessica Obomsawin will lead the group in a neat construction-related activity.

11:00-11:45: Session 2 (5- and 6-year-olds). Magic School Bus human body unit: Ann Marie.

11:30- 12:00: Free play. (Older kids will join when done with science.)

12:00-12:30: Lunch.

12:30-1:15: Gym.

1:15 – 2 (or whenever you want to leave or the  kids drop from exhaustion): Outdoor recess.