Our goal is to guide children toward becoming responsible for their own beautiful education in a cottage school setting. Our choices for study are inspired by Charlotte Mason’s books and by Ambleside Online, a wonderful free online curriculum used by thousands of families since its creation in 1999 (http://amblesideonline.org). Children at Oak Cottage spend time making deep connections in each subject. Through written narrations, copywork, and dictation they learn habits of careful attention, and through history, literature, and nature study, a wonder and appreciation for God’s creation.
Our elementary and middle school groups meet in a historic home in downtown Kingsport, and since we want to keep our group cozy and relationally-focused, space is limited. Oak Cottage high school classes meet at Westminster PCA in Kingsport.
All classes run for 30 weeks.
Our early elementary community day introduces children to the joy of learning in a group setting, with history stories, geography, brush drawing, literature, nature study, music and art appreciation, and memory work. Tea time provides an opportunity to practice manners. The upper elementary class continues many of the same subjects at a higher level, and in addition to memory work children may have a reading assignment, copy work, and dictation practice to complete outside of class.
The Upper Elementary extension day program is a second day of class for motivated learners in 3-6th grades. This year we’ll cover literature, science, handicrafts, copy work, extra picture and composer study, and a literature read aloud.
Early Elementary: Monday 1:40-4:30, Tuesday 9-12, and Friday 9-12
Upper Elementary: Monday 1:40-4:30 OR Tuesday 9-12
Upper Elementary Extension: Thursday 1-4
Middle school at Oak Cottage opens the door to more time spent learning deeply in community. While students continue to do some subjects completely in class, they also spread their wings at home with assigned work between meeting days.
Our middle school program offers the foundation of a liberal arts education: literature and history, nature study, citizenship, Bible, art and music appreciation, Shakespeare, geography, copywork and dictation, recitation, and folksongs, hymns, poetry, and Scripture memorization.
Middle school class times are 9:30-1:30 on Monday & Wednesday.
|Subjects||Early Elementary||Upper Elementary||Middle School
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|Work to do outside of program||Memory work||X||X|
The Oak Cottage high school program meets M/W/F. Students will be immersed in living books and vibrant discussions, offering opportunities to test their ideas and opinions in a constructive atmosphere valuable for the upper level learner.
Participating students earn the following credits:
*American History & Geography
*Anatomy & Physiology
*English (rich literature, Shakespeare, formal writing structure/organization)
*French 1 or 2 OR Speech
* Government (1/2 credit)
*Health & Wellness (1/2 credit)
In addition to the credits above, high schoolers will continue to enjoy the riches of a Charlotte Mason education: art and music appreciation, recitation, dictation, and poetry, Bible study, folk song, and hymn memorization. Classes meet from 9:30-1:30 OR 11:00/3:30 on M/W/F.
Oak Cottage is delighted to partner with parents to provide a Charlotte Mason education for their children with these programs. Although the responsibility for meeting state educational requirements rests with you, the homeschooling parent, we would be happy to aid you in structuring the rest of your week.