Cottage School

(ages 3-4)

" 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 3-4 years old of current Heritage Families who already have older students enrolled in grades K-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

  • Classic picture books and stories with subsequent activities and crafts

  • 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

  • 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)

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

  • Creative play

  • Listen to classical music and learn about one classical composer per term

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

  • Simple crafts/introduction to handiwork

  • NEW - Beginning Spanish vocabulary and songs!