This Humble Hive


DIY Gratitude Nest

"How can any grammar skill outweigh the fact that they don't know the language of grace and thanks? Focusing on what is beautiful, good, true - isn't this the truest education?"

{ A. Voskamp }


We started the week learning about the color blue by painting robin's eggs and making simple bird's nests by arranging pine straw, moss, and twigs in a bowl. Then, we talked about the things we are thankful for and made the nests into "gratitude nests." 

Cut out egg shapes on cardstock paper. Paint, color or decorate the eggs as you so desire. As a family, have each person write or draw something on the egg that they are grateful for while sharing aloud and placing the egg in your homemade bird's nest. Provide reminders or suggestions for your child as needed. 

Many kids don't really understand the word "thankful." But, they do understand things that they "love", things that make them "happy", and things that are "good" in their days. So, find a word that your child can connect with and go from there! They are likely learning by your example anyway. 

We have found this to be an easy, but tangible way to intentionally practice gratitude as a family and to focus on the good in our days and the beauty that's all around us. The nest stays on our table and we do it often. Or we re-read through previous thanksgivings before a meal or craft or coloring. It's becoming more of a habit and less of an activity, and that's a beautiful, beautiful thing. 

An excerpt from The Color Blue, which is included in our Colors Unit available here

Tyler Hardee
Homemade Lavender Play Dough

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."

{ F. Rogers }


1 c water
1 c flour
1/2 c salt
1 T cream of tartar
1 T olive oil
10-15 drops lavender essential oil
(*optional: add blue & red food coloring) 

Mix all ingredients in a small pot. Stir constantly over medium to low heat. Wait until a ball shape forms. Scoop onto cutting board to cool. Pour 10-15 drops of lavender oil and knead. Store in airtight container.

A taste of our week exploring The Color Purple, included in our Colors Unit available here

Tyler Hardee
In the Tall, Tall Grass

"Where you invest your love, you invest your life."

{ Mumford & Sons }

Here's a taste of what our lessons look like. Lots of reading, creative play, and hands-on, get out in nature kind of learning as we explore The Color Green!

As a follow-up to reading In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming, invite child to go outside and gather a bowl full of grass. One by one, lay out pieces of grass on the table from longest to shortest. Make a line with glue on a sheet of paper and place each blade on top. Press down and repeat until the paper is covered! (We added nature bugs by dipping our fingertip in green paint as well!) 

We hope you will enjoy this simple, enjoyable activity with your preschooler. 

Our entire Colors Unit is available for download here. We'd love to have you join us!

Tyler Hardee
Creating a Space

"'Tis the gift to be simple, 'Tis the gift to be free, 'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be. And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 'Twill be in the valley of love & delight."

{ A. Krauss }

We are right in the midst of these preschool years ourselves. Soaking them in and sometimes just surviving the days. As we began this journey, we so deeply wanted to create a space in our lives for intentional learning and togetherness as a family. It has definitely taken a lot of prayer and time and thoughtfulness. But the result? Such beauty. Such purpose. Such life.

Of course we think this is every parent’s greatest intention: to truly live and thrive together. It definitely was ours. But, without some forethought and planning, the days often seemed to pass us by.

Such began our heart's cry and why we created This Humble Hive... In hope that the things we've learned (and are learning, present tense!) might help foster more purposeful, meaningful times in your family, too. 

In creating a space in our hearts and day-to-day lives, we’ve also realized the importance of creating a practical space in your home for this as well. A place that is simple and inviting and orderly. If you have a house that accommodates a special, set-aside learning area for your child, by all means, go for it. All we’ve got is our kitchen table. But, we do our best to keep things supplied, organized, and quickly available for use. It has helped us SO much to prepare and to readily have things on hand, instead of scrambling last minute or not even knowing what to do or where to start.

These things take some thoughtful planning. It’s okay if it doesn’t happen overnight. And not just supplies, but scheduling. Looking at our weeks. Planning ahead. Getting the library books that we need in time. We are continually learning and re-learning what works for us. And grace covers it all.

So, here’s our Home Preschool Supply List (things we use and re-use often in our lessons). Don’t think that you need to get it all tomorrow. Just start somewhere and grow as you go. 

Tyler Hardee