Our Programs

Oak Cottage Homeschool Enrichment provides a one day program for elementary students, and 1, 2, or 3-day options for middle and high school students.

Our goal is to guide children toward becoming responsible for their own beautiful education using Charlotte Mason’s philosphy, with our choices for study inspired by Ambleside Online, a wonderful 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 nature study, a wonder and appreciation for God’s creation.

Our group meets in a historic home in downtown Kingsport, and since we want to keep our group cozy and relationally-focused, space is limited.

All classes run for 30 weeks beginning on August 13, 2018 and ending the week of April 30, 2019.


The Oak Cottage preschool program offers young children a foundation for formal learning later in a nurturing, small-group setting. Activities include nature time, poetry and Scripture memory, painting and play dough, art and music appreciation, story time, and more!



Our early elementary community day introduces children to the joy of learning in a group setting, with history stories, geography and map drawing, literature, nature study, music and art appreciation, and memory work. Tea time provides an opportunity to practice manners. The upper elementary class continues the same subjects at a higher level, and in addition to memory work children will have a reading assignment and dictation practice to complete outside of class.


Upper Elementary: Mondays 9-12

Early Elementary: Mondays 1-4


Middle School:

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. Students enrolled in all three days will receive the bulk of their direct teaching time for all subjects except math in class, with parents monitoring the work and keeping records.

Our middle school Tuesday/Thursday 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.

The Wednesday program lets our students put down roots in other areas. Instruction will cover science, writing, church history, poetry reading, critical thinking, government and current events, and a foreign language. Each student will receive a “pathway” to help focus their assignments in each subject outside of class.

Middle school class times are 9:30-1:30 on T/Th and Wednesday.

Subjects Early Elementary Upper Elementary Middle School


Bible Reading X X X
Geography X X X
History  X X X
Century Books X X
Citizenship:  Ourselves X
Shakespeare X
Folk Songs X X X
Hymns X X X
Nature Study X X X
Poetry X X X
Music Appreciation X X X
Art Appreciation X X X
Dictation X X
Literature  X X X
Story Time X
Copywork X X
Memory Work X X X
Recitation X X X
Written Narrations X X
Tea Time X
Work to do outside of program  Memory work X X

High School:

Oak Cottage is excited to introduce a high school program for the 2018/19 school year. 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. Like the middle school program, families may choose to have their students participate on Tuesday/Thursday, Wednesday, or all three days.

Students participating on Tuesday/Thursday will earn the following credits:

*U.S. history and geography (Colonial times, the nation’s founding and early development)

*US government and economics (Will also include Plutarch)

*Biology (with labs)

*Public speaking/debate

Students participating on Wednesday will focus on the beauty of language. Credits earned will include:

*English (rich literature, Shakespeare, formal writing structure/organization)

*Foreign language

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, folk song, and hymn memorization. Classes meet from 9:30-1:30 on T/Th and Wednesday.


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.