Announcement: Cottage Press Academy Online Language Arts Tutorials for 2017-18 School Year

High school and junior high students, we invite you to join our 2017-18 live online tutorials, taught by Cottage Press author Kathy Weitz.  Bards & Poets and Poetics & Progym I each provide a complete Language Arts course, including instruction in composition, grammar, literature, and beginning rhetoric. Each class will meet online two times per week from September to May.  Regular evaluation of student work is…

Green Path Scholars Review

“Cottage Press is a beautiful language arts curriculum; one that truly brings delight into our homeschooling days.” – Lisa Russell from Green Path Scholars Thank you to Green Path Scholars for these lovely reviews! Check them out at the Green Path Scholars blog: Cottage Press Primer Review Cottage Press Language Arts Review And while you…

Can You Correctly Define These Obscure Literary Terms?

Cottage Press Poetics & Progym (Language Arts for Upper School) students will be able to get most or all of them! Nota bene: One of the figures we learn as the synonymous term anastrophe; and one of them we do not include directly, but our students’ training in etymology should make the answer immediately obvious. Can You Correctly Define These Nine…

Book of Centuries – A Closer Look

The Book of Centuries is a blank time line book, designed to serve as a companion to students of all ages throughout their journey of learning. As they encounter events and people in history, literature, science, art, and music, students can add these to the appropriate pages in the time line, either by a simple notation…

Fable & Song – A Closer Look

Fable & Song is a complete English grammar and composition course for upper elementary students, following the classical education model.  Composition lessons are based on the fable exercise of the ancient progymnasmata. (Greek, pro jim nas MAH tah meaning “exercises before“) In the Progym tradition, students are trained in writing, always with an eye to the love…

The Primer Series – A Closer Look

The Primer Series of Language Lessons for Children from Cottage Press seeks to provide gentle yet meaningful lessons for early elementary students in preparation for more rigorous grammar and composition instruction in later years. Brief daily lessons emphasize quality rather than quantity, with focused interactions on literary selections, rather than abundant busywork. This approach is…

Spring Sale ~ Primers and More – 20% Off!

The grand Spring  Sale is here! In celebration of the end of snow and the blossoming of all things, we’re offering a 20% discount on all books in the Language Lessons for Children – Primer series, Fable and Song for Middle  Grades, and our popular Book of Centuries. Use the discount code YJPYXWJE  when you order…

Picture Study Spotlight: Michelangelo

Truly his coming was to the world, as I said at the beginning, an exemplar sent by God to the men of our arts, to the end that they might learn from his life the nature of noble character, and from his works what true and excellent craftsmen ought to be. And I, who have…

Are You a Grammar Nerd?

Apparently, yes. This is a fun quiz with a couple of tricky questions, but Cottage Press Poetics & Progym (Language Arts for Upper School) students should be able to ace it. Read it carefully! The “scientific conclusions” about the personality types of grammar nerds are appropriately ambiguous. And that section contains a typo. 😛 Are You A Grammar…

Figuratively Speaking ~ Polysyndeton

Polysyndeton is a repetition of a conjunctions. Poly means “many” in Greek, so polysyndeton is “many” conjunctions. It is often used in a series where the members would commonly be separated only with a comma except for the last item which would commonly be preceded by the conjunction. Polysyndeton emphasizes each item in the list, drawing the idea out, even to the point…