About

Christy is a homeschool mom in California. She didn’t send her 3 “bugs” to school because she knew no one would be a better teacher than she is. (Christy tends to be a bit over the top) She was also terrified, quite frankly.

Christy didn’t want her kids to call her “mom” all day, and it was really awkward to have them call her “Mrs. Gandara” – so during their first week of school the kids and Daddy brainstormed together and came up with a special teacher name just for the Happy Hive (then the Gandara Bug Academy). – Mrs. Crabtree… the name comes from the teacher in the Little Rascles television show. You can learn more in our video, HOMESCHOOL TEACHER NAMES:

The Bugs “walking” to school

The best “curriculum” the Happy Hive Homeschool ever used was off the cuff vs textbooks. One year we based everything we did on the “Holiday of the Day”. It was an amazing year full of learning and memories. This website is dedicated to helping you use such Holiday of the Day learning in your educational endeavors.

There is only so much time in the day for learning right? Why spend any of that valuable time on the quirky off the wall holidays someone invented for each day of the year? Join Mrs. Crabtree as she explores the reason SHE feels holiday curriculum belongs in homeschools and classrooms. Check out the video below:

Dress Your Pet Day – January 14th

Christy was also a classroom teacher in California, holding a valid California Credential and teaching in multiple grades K-8, with the emphasis on grades 3-5 for the majority of her 19 year career. She has experience working in both public and private schools.

Mrs. Gandara demonstrating for a group of students.

Christy now works with families who are Homeschooling their children. She provides support to those who withdraw from public, private or charter schools as well as those who wish to home educate continuously from birth.

If you are interested in Home Education we can help! Please CONTACT US for a free consultation. For more information about the services Happy Hive Education Consulting offers, Check out : HAPPY HIVE HOMESCHOOL CONSULTING. We can help families in every US state, not just California 🙂

What People Say


My child didn’t like school for many reasons but the one reason that made me decide to pull my child from publicly funded school was the fact that my child wasn’t interested in the academics of school.  I felt that I could instill in my child the desire to answer the questions that my child kept asking me. Why? What? Who? When? Where? My child would ask a question based on these five Ws multiple times a day.  With my collaboration with Christy Gandara I was able to create a structure to my child’s day that allowed them to seek the answers to those questions they kept asking. I was able to see the spark of interest return to my child’s academics that had been lost in the public school.

I know I could do this on my own but I sought out Mrs. Gandara’s help because she provided me with the knowledge that only a seasoned school teacher who has homeschool experience  could give. This is the special magic that she uses, the combination of the two worlds. How would what I try on him work? She would provide antidotes on how those processes might work for other kids in her classroom or her own homeschooled children.   This allowed me to change my approach faster and correct for things in a timely fashion without always having to wait for the results from my child.  I felt more confident with Mrs. Gandara on my side.  

I also benefited from Mrs. Gandara in two more ways:  she cheered me on consistently and even when I thought I didn’t need cheering on. She knew my child.  She got to know my child so that I knew she was also cheering my child on as well. She had both of our interests in her heart and her actions.  She knew me so that she could support the work I was doing as a facilitator of my own child’s learning and she supported my child in understanding how to have a new teacher, their own mother, and to have a positive attitude of gratitude through it all.

I know that when Mrs. Gandara works with a family in a homeschooling setting she is able to look at the big picture and synthesize her work with them as a whole.  Everyone benefits.

  • Emily N, California

Christy helped me take the fear out of starting to homeschool my boys. When the thought of homeschooling came up, I was terrified I would ‘mess up’ my boys since I did not feel qualified enough. In my heart I knew that traditional school was not the right option for them at that time. I approached Christy about her experience in homeschooling. Not only did she help calm my fears, she set me on the right path to succeeding as a homeschooler! And she was there for me as a sounding board and coach through it all. I am forever grateful!

  • Diana M, Georgia

Coming from a family that all went to a traditional school, I was far from ever thinking that one day I would home school my child.  Well the day came when my husband and I decided that a traditional school was not for our child. Not knowing how or what to do, a family member recommended that we talk to Christy Gandara.  It was the best decision we ever made. Christy guided us through the whole process. From taking our son out of public school, to filing the paperwork with the state to start our own homeschool. That was just the beginning.  Christy also customized our curriculum to fit our sons needs. She spent countless hours guiding me and reassuring me that I could teach my son.  She was right, I did teach my son!!! We successfully homeschooled our son for five years. We will be forever grateful for all of the advice and knowledge she helped us with!!!

Ana W – California


Let’s Homeschool together.