Unitas Cottage School (Part-time & Homeschool Options)
Welcome! Unitas Cottage School is a Classical, Christian homeschool support program. We offer instruction in core subjects using the award winning Memoria Press curriculum through a part-time traditional classroom experience. Our goal is to enhance the homeschool experience of our students by offering a challenging, traditional academic experience that enlivens the mind and refines the soul.
All instruction is provided in the classroom with parents providing homework help and individual assistance throughout the week. Cottage School students join full-time students while class size is kept to a minimum to increase participation and ensure a high level of attention is granted each student.
Full-time classes are offered to homeschool/part-time students in à-la-carte fashion. Cottage School students may register for as many or as few classes listed below as they like.
Cottage School families are included in all aspects of the Unitas community- field trips, ceremonies, special events, field days, sports teams, Friday one-on-one tutoring sessions, study groups, etc.
All homeschool students who want to enroll in one or more classes must submit an application. If registering for one course, fees are due before the first class. Payment plans are available for families with multiple children and/or registration for multiple courses.
WEEKLY PRICE BREAKDOWN OF COTTAGE SCHOOL RATES:
Pre-K Enrichment - $35 on a week by week basis OR $800 for the year (discounted rate) *****
1 day per week course - $14 per week (+ book fee, $20-$40 depending on course)
2 days per week course - $17 per week (+book fee, $20-$40 depending on course)
*** These prices include books, participation in Friday workshops, Friday tutoring sessions (if needed), stellar teachers, official course transcripts and portfolios, and all other school functions and activities listed
1. Pre-K Enrichment Course: Friday 1-4p | $800/year or $35 on a week by week basis | Ages 3-5 This is an integrated course for the youngest Unitas students. Every Friday will consist of structured lesson time and learning through play. Monthly themes and character traits serve as springboards for the integration of academic studies and play. In partnership with parents we have 3 areas of developmental and academic focus to help our Primary students grow and develop: Reading Readiness, Social Development & Manners, and Fine Motor Development. Parents are equipped with ideas to take home so the learning and fun can continue!***** Class begins September 14.
2. Prima Latina: Mondays or Monday-Thursday 8:30-9:30a | $450 or $550/yr | Grades 2-5 Using a clear and systematic format to introduce Latin to young students, this course is perfect for young children who are still becoming familiar with English grammar and wish to learn Latin at a slower pace as well as those who would like to lay an early Latin foundation. Important English and Latin grammar concepts, as well as vocabulary, sayings, prayers, hymns, and constellations are taught. Full-time Students meet 4 days a week. Cottage School students may attend Mondays only or Monday-Thursday.
3. First Form Latin: Mondays or Monday-Thursday 12-1p | $450 or $550 | Grades 5-8 First Form’s grammar-first approach focuses on grammar forms and vocabulary because these are the skills suitable for the grammar stage student. With hard work, after finishing First Form, the student will have mastered:
The six indicative active tenses of the first two verb conjugations
Five noun declensions
First and second declension adjectives
185 vocabulary words
Full-time Students meet 4 days a week. Cottage School students may attend Mondays only or Monday-Thursday.
4. Arithmetic and Mathematics Classes Mathematics is an exact language, one that is unrelenting and unforgiving. A failure to master basics is the cause of the glass ceiling that most students experience in their mathematics education. Students must overlearn basic math skills in K-7 if they are to be successful in high school math. Arithmetic is the art of counting and calculation. Like the Latin Grammar, arithmetic is concrete, based on memorization, and is a small and finite subject.
Grammar School Arithmetic- This course is designed for 3rd-5th graders in mind. Students who have had some experience with basic calculations. After reviewing the basic facts and teaching the multiplication and division facts 10s-12s, this course teaches long division, multiplying by 2-digit numbers, and checking in the four processes of computation. Monday-Thursday | 9:30-10:30 | $650 | Grades 3-5
Pre-Algebra- This course is centered upon texts that were written by the Department of Mathematics at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. A broad range of topics are covered: measurement, the metric system, a basic introduction to algebra, scientific notation, graphs, statistics, and more!
Monday-Thursday | 9:30-10:30 | $750 | Grades 7-9
5. English Studies This course includes Composition, Cursive, Grammar, and Spelling. The ability to write with clarity, beauty, and power is further developed by our logic and rhetoric courses, which are an extension of English and count as English credits. On a more practical side, the development of a legible and attractive cursive hand is a high priority. We use a continuous 9 year writing program which:
Teaches students to create ideas for composition, to think and create! It teaches skills step-by-step, or "precept upon precept, line upon line" and thus eliminates frustration.
Teaches with an eye toward mastery. Writing skills are built and reviewed with each stage, so that the writing process becomes second nature.
Teaches through modeling and repetition. Writing skills are thus truly mastered by the students, and guesswork on how to write is eliminated. No guesswork is involved; merely mastery.
Teaches students to write descriptively and clearly.
Teaches ideas, rather than introducing style too early, thus emphasizing content rather than "extras.
Teaches that style is dependent on the audience, not as an isolated skill. Writing is supposed to move your audience
3rd - 5th grades - Spelling and Grammar are taught independently & applied during Classical Composition (Fable Stage) Monday-Thursday | 10:30-11:30 | $550
6th - 9th grades - Spelling and Grammar are taught independently & applied during Classical Composition (Fable and Narrative Stage) Monday-Thursday | 10:30-11:30 | $550
6. Literature Children who are asked to read slightly above their comfort level will develop into superior readers. Our reading program continues the development of reading skills through various selections found here. Reading is not a passive activity for pleasure. Reading requires an active, discriminating mind that is challenged to think, compare, and contrast. Students who have been challenged by good literature will never be satisfied with the poor-quality books that are so readily available today. Vocabulary, Spelling, Comprehension, Writing, Discussion, and various Enrichment Projects are intertwined throughout this course. Literature selections are not finalized at this time. 3rd-5th | Monday-Thursday | 12-1p | $550 6th-9th | Monday-Thursday | 8:30-9:30a | $550
7. Classical Studies: Famous Men of Rome (3rd-6th): Monday & Wednesday | 1:30-2:30p | $550 This program is ideal for beginners of all ages who are fascinated by the action and drama of Rome. Students will experience 30 stories covering all of ancient Rome’s history, from its founding to its demise. Your child will witness the rise and fall of a great civilization through the lives of larger-than-life figures such as Horatius, Camillus, Caesar, and Cicero. Rome is the model civilization, the mastery of which provides a foundation for all other history study.
9. Christian Studies: Tuesday & Thursday | 1:30-2:30p | $550 Our Christian Studies courses are designed to develop three things: Bible literacy, knowledge of church history, and a strong faith and Christian consciousness. Over time, your student will study Scripture, church history, and Christian apologetics (grade 12). Christian Studies is an academic course equal in content and examinations to all other areas of the curriculum. Our beliefs are the Christian faith is true and that both reason and history support this belief. All time is dated from the birth of Jesus Christ, the central figure in human history. Our program helps students understand why this is true.
3rd-5th:Your child will learn the fundamentals of Bible stories, history, and geography, with solid detail at a manageable pace. The focus on this course during the 2018-2019 school year includes the rise and fall of Israel and the period of the prophets.
6th-9th: Students will embark on an in-depth study of The Book of the Acts of the Apostles. The exciting story of the travels, the teachings, and—in many cases—the martyrdoms of the apostles themselves, as told by the author of the Gospel of Luke will be enjoyed. We hope students leave challenged and inspired to continue the work of Jesus Christ.
10. Science: Mondays | 2:30-3:30p | $450 In our science program, students meet the world of nature by studying the things it is made up of—birds, insects, trees, mammals, and the heavenly bodies. Students are given a narrative account of the development of the sciences—they are given science in a story form, in a way that delightfully inspires conversation and curiosity. This is one of our students favorite courses as they walk away extremely knowledgeable about creation. They are able to recognize the beauty and intricate design details God has established.
3rd-6th: INSECTS! Need we say more? Well, just in case,.. This course includes reading of classic stories written by Arabella Buckley and Julia McNair Wright from the late 1800s. It takes a charmingly narrative approach to the life of insects. Using literature as a springboard, the teacher will then guide your student through the identification of different kinds of insects, insect anatomy, and more! Add the Peterson First Guide on Insects, and this course is sure to inspire a generation of entomologists!
7th-9th: Does your student know that the very gift of breath is the result of the oxygen that trees and plants put into the air? Or that trees and plants provide the means of sustenance for all life on earth? As much as modern science instruction becomes increasingly dominated by a focus on technology and scientific abstractions, our course returns to the traditional focus on the wonders of creation. This course provides a foundation for biology and chemistry by introducing the student to the world of botany. Students will learn both plant morphology and taxonomy (the different parts and different kinds of plants), the processes of photosynthesis and respiration, and flowers and fruits.
11. Geography: Tuesday | 2:30-3:30p | $450 3rd-6th: Geography of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe covers the area that constituted the ancient Roman Empire. Each region is explored in its historical context in “History’s Headlines,” as well as in the present in “Tour of Today.” Your student will learn countries and capitals of today and relate them to the ancient lands of the Greeks and Romans, deepening his understanding of both the past and the present.
7th-9th: Geography of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. Students are guided through areas of the world outside the Ancient Roman Empire. Each lesson includes physical features, history, and culture. By the end of the year, students identify and label countries with their corresponding capitals.
12. American History: Thursday | 2:30-3:30p | $450 6th-9th: The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic is a course that provides a one year survey of American History. The year begins with a lesson titled, Our Country, Northmen, & Prince Henry, and ends with a lesson titled, Gold for Greenbacks, The Great Statue, & The Spanish-American War