Cottage School

(ages 3-5)

"...my object is to show that the chief function of the child--his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life -

is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses...” 
― Charlotte M. Mason

Heritage Christian Academy offers a unique experience for those children ages 3-5 years old of current Heritage Families who already have older students enrolled in grades 1-12, and/or current HCA faculty.  

Families who follow the Charlotte Mason method of education do not begin formal schooling until the age of 6,

but there is a feast of activities that we offer to the younger siblings of current students. 

The HCA Cottage School runs concurrent to all other HCA classes (9am-3pm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and the rotating list of activities that your children will participate in over the course of the school year will include:

  • Poetry and nursery rhymes

  • Folk songs, hymns and memory verses

  • Picture books and stories

  • Cooking projects

  • The sharing of nature discoveries from the previous week

  • Games and activities to build the habit of attention, self control, respect and obedience

  • Listen to (and learn) the Pledge of Allegiance and "God Bless America"

  • Listen to stories and poetry with rich, literary language

  • Nature walks (in all but the most inclement weather) and learning the names of the local plants, birds and insects they encounter

  • Becoming familiar with common bird calls

  • Notice the position of the sun and shadows, locating cardinal directions, learning to follow maps, physical geography games, noticing how water runs, etc. 

  • Tend a garden (indoor or outdoor, as weather permits).

  • Dressing up and play acting

  • Develop observation skills and vocabulary through "sight seeing" adventures around the facility and grounds

  • Creative play

  • Listen to classical music

  • Examine nature themed fine art pieces as well as the works of one classical artist per term

  • Simple crafts/introduction to handiwork

  • Rest time

  • Additionally, in the afternoons, those students that are ages 5+ may opt out of rest time and join one of our teachers for beginning letter and number work, as well as projects and classes with our first grade class, in order to prepare them for more formal academic studies when they enter first grade. 

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Heritage Christian Academy

(located on the campus

of Bethel University)

1001 Bethel Circle

Mishawaka, IN 46545

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