Announcement: Cottage Press Academy Online – Registration Now Open!

We are thrilled to announce our first full-year live online tutorials covering Cottage Press Bards & Poets and Poetics & Progym I, beginning in August 2017.  Instruction includes composition, grammar, literature, and beginning rhetoric. Classes will meet online two times per week from September to May. Courses include weekly evaluation of student work. Class participants will receive 25% off the regular…

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…

That or Which?

The Comma Queen enlightens us on this tricky usage conundrum. It is well to  do as she bids, rather than relying on a  “this-one-sounds-sorta-good” stab in the dark. Oh, and I (Kathy) am currently making my way through Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen—a Christmas gift from my son. It’s a fun read! Art: Girl Reading…

Cottage Press Consulting Services for Home Schools and Co-Ops

Cottage Press is pleased to announce our Home Education Consulting Services with author, curriculum developer, and co-op director Kathy Weitz. With more than 25 years of home educating experience, and more than a decade of experience in curriculum development, Kathy’s specialty is Classical Education with a foundation of Charlotte Mason methods. Her passion is to inspire homeschool moms and students…

Picture Study Spotlight: Leonardo da Vinci

The greatest gifts are often seen, in the course of nature, rained by celestial influences on human creatures; and sometimes, in supernatural fashion, beauty, grace, and talent are united beyond measure in one single person, in a manner that to whatever such an one turns his attention, his every action is so divine, that, surpassing…