v5 NBCC Honeybee Classroom

Honeybee Room

The Honeybees are a full time infant classroom with ages ranging from 6 weeks to 20 months.

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Curriculum

The Honeybee Room believes in a play-based curriculum where we enhance the children’s learning with daily special activities designed to meet specific interests and developmental stages. Our activities fall into three major categories: Body - which includes gross motor/large muscle activities; Mind - which includes hand-eye coordination, fine motor development, sensory, and literacy ideas; and Spirit - which encourages social and personal development.

We promote teacher-child communication, as well as language development, through the use of simple sign language. Signs such as “more”, “all done”, “stop” and “help” enable the children to communicate their needs, even though they may not have the words to tell us.

On top of all this, we offer a loving, nurturing environment, where our infants can come to learn, grow and enjoy!

Food & Diet

Isomil formula is provided, as well as rice cereal and jar baby food (used only after introduced by the family). You are welcome to provide your own food if a special formula, type of food or breast milk is used. As the child grows into eating a regular diet, we provide freshly prepared family-style meals and snacks, served at a low table, right in the infant room.

Honeybee Teachers

Michelle Taub

Honeybee Room Lead Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    TBD
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    TBA
What do you love most about working with children?

Please ask.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

Please ask.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Please ask.

Jamie Basiewicz

Honeybee Co-Lead Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    June 2005
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    My baby dolls and any toy I could take apart or put together.
What do you love most about working with children?

I love watching them learn about the world, celebrating their successes with them and helping them through their challenges, and seeing the world through their eyes every day.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

I'm complimented most on my patience and my "poker face", my ability to speak calmly without reaction no matter the situation. I've also been complimented a few times in my ability to set up an environment and classroom.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to spend time with my daughters and my husband. We have three dogs as well. I love to do hip hop fitness, and spend time outside at parks or working in the garden.

Amy Garrett

Honeybee Room Assistant Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    TBD
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    TBA
What do you love most about working with children?

Please ask.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

Please ask.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Please ask.

Patti Wille

Honeybee Room Assistant Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    April 2015
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    Twin baby dolls named Happy and Nappy
What do you love most about working with children?

I love to view the world through children’s eyes. I get just as excited as they do every time they learn something new or do something for the first time. I love to see them smile and reach for me to pick them up and give them a hug. I just love to be around them.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

The most common compliment I hear is that I have patience and that they can tell I love what I do and that the children gravitate towards me.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I like to read, been with the same book club for 15 years. Getting together with family, friends and neighbor is also something I enjoy and do frequently. My husband and I enjoy the movies and going to the wine club that we belong to.

Leslie McLaine

Honeybee Room Assistant Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    TBD
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    TBA
What do you love most about working with children?

Please ask.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

Please ask.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Please ask.

Activities

As a team we meet each week for one hour to plan activities for the following week. We work very hard to provide your child with meaningful experiences that are developed from their interests as well as regular exposure to new ideas. Our planning sheet is posted outside the door of the classroom for parents to view the domains we work on regularly.

Please be prepared that your child may be a little messy some of the days when you pick them up, as we are regularly exploring some wet/messy sensory or art ideas. This is evidence of a great day of exploration! We use washable paint and markers on a regular basis, as well as crayons, chalk, water color, and sandbox play. We explore many different sensory ideas and we get the children ready by dressing them in bibs, smocks, or temporarily removing clothing (children will have a diaper on at all times during these experiences).

Documentation

We use a “Parent Board” in our hallway where we post announcements, schedules, articles and our weekly activity plan. We also make use of a whiteboard to share your child's daily experiences. Each child has a mailbox labeled with your child's name. Don't forget to check it frequently for art work and other mail. Current Honeybee art work and pictures can also be found on display in the hall. We update them as often as we can!

On your child's daily sheet you will find a written activity or interaction they had that day. The Honeybee teachers also put together portfolios for each child where you will find photo documentation gathered from their entire stay in the Honeybee room. These portfolios are completed and given to each family after your child transitions out of the Honeybee room.

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Remind App

We use the Remind App for iOS to communicate with our families. It's a safe, secure, and simple way to be able to share messages and communicate.

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Share Sites App

Often our little bees are doing adorable things as they learn and gro. We love sharing photos of those experiences. Our families can join our secure Shutterfly stream to view the photos.

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Information Packet

Our Honeybee information packet provides all of the necessary material you need to know about our room, whether enrolling a new child or how a process works.

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