This is a community-inspired environment where kids can have fun playing games, doing puzzles, reading, practicing yoga, and expressing themselves through art. Our goal is to nurture your child’s natural virtues of grace, purpose, harmony, connection, and growth through joyful learning. The Hive is available for families enjoying services in the Breathe BuildingParents can enjoy a yoga class, a meal, or a visit to our wellness center, knowing that their children are in a safe, nurturing environment just next door.

Director – Mandie

Empowering little hearts for big things.

Mandie moved to Portland from Hawaii, were she was a lead Infant Teacher in an Early Childhood Development center on a military base and a full time Yoga teacher with a CDA and 500RYT. With studies both in REI and Yoga and degrees in Early Childcare Education and Studio Arts, Mandie brings in a multifaceted approach to teaching young children. Art, conscious strewing and child-lead playtime coupled with meaningful conversation and calming breath practices- lead to promoting strong language development, self-sufficiency, creativity, empathy, and a since of belonging. Children have a natural curiosity and desire to learn and impress. By following their lead, expanding on their thoughts and being confident in them while they practice their new skills, children feel empowered.

Mandie is in love with all the things that yoga and the community at Yoga Union brings to her life and loves to share it with the little ones. Along with her side-kick Atlas, the cutest little babe, you can find her early mornings in the Hive, covered in paint and glitter and ready to play.

In the Hive, we truly believe our world is in the hands of the children. Building community starts with the smallest of tribe members. Behind every happy child is a family, a village, and one united community.

Assistant Director – Meredith

Childcare has been interwoven through Meredith’s life for almost three decades. Through this time, she has explored the roles of big sister to two siblings, mother to a toddler, and yoga & mindfulness instruction in it’s various forms to kids, teens, mamas & babies, and adults alike. Meredith moved here from Memphis in 2016 and has been in-joying her community involvement in the Hive and Yoga Union. When she is in the Hive with the future generations, she is usually consciously observing the interactions, allowing them to ebb and flow as they may, and providing assistance when the scenario calls. She’s loves seeing what the little humans intuitively do and how they interact as they adventure around in the space. Kaura LaVonne, Meredith’s daughter, enjoys hanging in the Hive just as much, if not more than her mama! Come on by and connect, learn and grow with them.

Pricing

We price childcare in 30 minute blocks.  For 1 block, it costs $6.  However, we offer packages of blocks (that can be shared amongst siblings), that reduces the cost per half an hour.  The packages are:

One 30 minute block = $6
Three 30 minute blocks = $15
Fifteen 30 minute blocks = $60
Thirty 30 minute blocks  =$110

Philosophy

  • The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following understanding:
  • Children benefit from having some control over the direction of their learning.
  • Children learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing.
  • Children build social skills by having a relationship with others.
  • Children form relationships with material items and learn from those items through exploration.
  • Children are enriched when provided a variety of ways and opportunities to express themselves.

Reggio Emilia is a developmentally centered philosophy that is supported by current theory and research on meeting children’s developmental needs. This approach puts children’s natural propensity to learn, grow, create, care, express, investigate, observe, and explore at the center of its philosophy.  As active constructors of knowledge, children are given opportunities to develop their innate potential. Children are also supported as social beings whose relationship to other children, family, teachers, and the community are places for important learning.

The ability to negotiate within a peer group is a prioritized skill. Care-givers help make children aware that respect for their peers is important because everyone is part of the group and has something to offer. This mutual respect is also modeled by the teacher who listens to the child’s ideas and concerns and offers collaborative problem-solving when disagreements arise.

In the Reggio approach, the teacher is considered a co-learner and collaborator with the children and not just an instructor. Care-givers are encouraged to facilitate activities and lessons based on children’s interests, asking questions to further understanding, and actively engaging in the activities alongside the children while allowing play to remain child-led.

The environment itself is seen as a kind of “third teacher” where children create meaning and make sense of their world. Here children learn to retrieve and put away their own supplies for play, fostering a sense of independence and contribution to the care of the room. Supplies are organized and frequently rearranged to suit the needs of the children and create visual interest.

Small group projects provide structured learning when appropriate, while self-selected play allows for freedom of choice and individual investigation. Care-givers observe imaginative play as the source material for deeper investigations. Project topics may also reflect seasonal changes, community activities, or spontaneous events that spark interest. Improvised responses allow for creative teaching and authentic learning. Uncertainty provokes children’s creative thinking and problem-solving, while developmentally appropriate materials allow everyone to participate.

Care-givers trust themselves to respond appropriately to children’s ideas and interests, they trust children to be interested in things worth knowing about, and they trust parents to be informed and productive members of a cooperative educational team. The result is an atmosphere of community and collaboration that is developmentally appropriate for adults and children alike.

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