The child’s mind is the instrument of his education; his education does not produce his mind.

— Charlotte Mason

What did your child do today?

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Is the Mason method similar to Maria Montessori? Somewhat, but different. Is it similar to the modern classical school movement? Yes, but different. 

Short lessons and living books. 

Lengthening attention spans and presenting topics by Socratic method. 

Respecting the personhood of the child. 

Expecting a mature amount of self-control. 

Presenting a hefty feast of ideas on which a child’s mind is eager to feed.
Seaside Cottage School, located in lovely Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is a one-, two-, or three-day-a-week elementary school tutorial program where students read from primary source books and compose answers longhand. An old-fashioned education meeting the needs of the 21st Century.

Less is More….

As a Cottage School, we don’t meet 180 days a year for 7 hours a day. We have a short year, a short week, and a short day. 

Good is the enemy of great….

So with less classroom time, we are always on the lookout for the very best books; children learn from original authors. 

To find out more about Charlotte Mason and her method, visit one of the sites below. This is hands-on, ears-open, enjoyable and inspiring. Welcome to “the gentle art of learning!”


Our next Open House will be Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Open House Presentation starts at 6:30.





Seaside Cottage School offers Programs for children 4 to 13.
We also offer a preschool program, K2-K3, for siblings of our students.