Poetics & Progym II – A Closer Look

Poetics & Progym II– Language Arts for Upper School – is the second in a three-level composition and rhetoric high school course from Cottage Press. Lessons are structured around classical literature and progressing exercises of the progymnasmata. Poetics & Progym II guides students through three substantial literary classics – with composition, grammar, and rhetoric lessons structured…

Poetics & Progym I – A Closer Look

Poetics and Progym I – Language Arts for Upper School – is the first in a three-level composition and rhetoric course from Cottage Press, designed for students 8th grade and up. As with the other Cottage Press courses, lessons are structured around classical literature and progressing exercises of the progymnasmata. The defining literary focus for…

Cottage Press Celebration Sale

A sale! To celebrate the new editions of several of our books – Bards and Poets, Poetics and Progym I and II, and the all-new Sentence Sense, we’re offering a 20% discount on all of our regular priced titles from now until the end of August. Along with the proof and field test discounts, 25%…

Bards & Poets – A Closer Look

Bards & Poets is a comprehensive classical grammar and composition course for upper elementary to junior high students – 6th grade and up. As with Fable & Song (for middle grades), composition lessons are based on the narrative exercise of the ancient progymnasmata and contain twenty-eight lessons, each designed around a timeless literary or poetry…

Show and Tell – Book of Centuries

Mystie Winckler featured a show-and-tell video of the Book of Centuries from Cottage Press on her crowdcast. Hop on over to see it and find out why this book is one of our most popular items. Show-and-Tell: Cottage Press Book of Centuries Mystie chats about things like what that handy blank space is for, using…

Updated Language Arts for Intermediate and Upper School – Now Available!

Busy summer! Based on feedback from families using Bards & Poets and Poetics & Progym, we have expanded and revised Sentence Sense to make the grammar lessons more streamlined. The complete text of Harvey’s Practical Grammar (1878 version) is now included in Sentence Sense, so you only need one grammar resource for parsing, diagramming, and…

The Oxford Comma For the Win in Court

Yes. It matters. The serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma for its endorsement by the Oxford University Press style rulebook, is a comma used just before the coordinating conjunction (“and,” or “or,” for example) when three or more terms are listed. You’ll see it in the first sentence of this story—it’s the comma…

Mysteries of Vernacular: Noise

Another informative Ted-Ed video.  The word “noise” also has a long and varied history, and just reinforces the importance—and fun—of studying a word’s etymology, as well as its contemporaneous denotation and connotation in a particular poetry or prose selection. Through our studies of literary and rhetorical elements, Cottage Press Language Arts students get lots of practice with…

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…

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…