Your a good parent and it sounds like a wonderful adventure!
I can't offer much advice but I do think frames are a good idea. You want a hive that is easy to look through without working the bees up. It's easy to pull frames and share all the things in a hive without dealing with angry bees.
Maybe you could also plan for a storage container of sorts so you can keep some of the basics out there?
I would love to see some photos