Heritage Learning Center’s (HLC) mission is to assist parents, teachers and leaders in developing each child’s God given gifts, talents and abilities. A method which cultivates relationships with God, self, man, nature and living ideas is the foundation for each student’s journey to lifelong learning.
Foundational scripture for HLC is Psalm 127:3 which reads, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” HLC believes and supports that each child is a gift from God given to parents to nurture, train and propel into God’s divine purpose and destiny through the Lord Jesus Christ. HLC is an extension and a means of support to parents in cultivating each child’s gifts. Each child’s unique abilities will be encouraged and celebrated through an individualized instruction plan for each student. Everyone learns at a different pace so each child’s goals will be set based on his or her course of study.
HLC’s purpose is to provide Biblical education and resources. The Center will provide many opportunities to meet educational needs while implementing the methods of Charlotte Mason. The initial services to be provided to students would be tutoring and learning communities. However teacher training and school administrative support resources will be provided for parents, teachers and school administration.
HLC’s educational philosophy is based on the distinctive methods of Charlotte Mason, a British educator and author who believed in every child having a broad liberal education. Her method is structured on the idea that every child is a born person. This main belief insists on students attaining understanding rather than the teacher “filling” the student with facts. Every child has a thirst for knowledge and the parents and teacher’s position is to provide living ideas to help ignite a true desire for knowledge for each student.
HLC’s educational plan is based on Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education. One of the main differences in this unique method of teaching is developing the habit of narration in each student. Narration is the art of retelling or telling back the information that was just heard. Through this process of narration students are developing a love for learning which allows space for greater creativity, expanded application of critical thinking skills, and a strong connection to the environment, the natural world, scientific analysis and reading comprehension.
Another tenet of education is relation education. Relational education respects each student as an Individual with varied natural affinities, gifts and abilities. Our goal at HLC is to utilize Charlotte Mason’s methodology, which views the child as a born person, endowed with the ability to think, analyze, and wrestle with ideas. We will present students with living, engaging educational materials that will ignite within them a desire to grow in skills, ability to analyze, and will expose them to primary source documents and the words of heroes and great men and women of the past who have impacted the world for good. Well- written, enlivened texts that draw in students will replace lecture format and textbooks, and the teacher’s job will be to spread a feast of living ideas before each student in order to allow for a greater level of connection with the material, the skill-set, or the ideas presented.
Statement of Faith:
1. We believe that God is the one true God, and there is no one above Him.
2. We believe in the Trinity; The Father, Son and Holy Spirit
3. We believe in the gift of the Holy Spirit being the supreme Teacher.
4. We believe that the Bible is God’s holy word, it is living and active, and we believe every word to be true.
Mountain Island Learning Community Programs 2023-2024 Calendar
- Traditions meets Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30 am and 2:30 pm.
- Enrichment meets Thursday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
- High School Career classes meets Tuesday 10:00 am to 11:30 am
High School meets Thursdays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
See Calendar for specific dates.
Class Offerings 2023-2024
Reading, Writing, Math, Science, History and Geography
Composer study, artist study, Spanish, Swedish Drill, Sloyd and Habits (tentative)
Spanish I, Spanish II, Biology, Writing/Literature
Intro to Architecture and Design
About our Community
- Be Respectful - Raise your hand, keep your hands and feet to yourself.
- Be Obedient - Pay attention, listen first time with a cheerful heart.
- Be Kind - Wait patiently with happy spirit.
- Golden Rule - A friend loves at all times.
About our Students:
“I am. I can. I ought. I will.” Charlotte Mason
I am . . . a child of God, a gift to my parents and my country. I am a person of great value because God made me. (Ephesians 2:10)
I can . . . do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God has made me able to do everything required of me. (Philippians 4:13)
I ought . . . to do my duty to obey God, to submit to my parents and everyone in authority over me, to be of service to others, and to keep myself healthy with proper food and rest so my body is ready to serve. (Mark 12:30-31)
I will . . . resolve to keep a watch over my thoughts and choose what's right even if it is not what I want. (Psalm 119: 30-32)
In following with the 1st Principle from Charlotte Mason that “Children are born persons.” Our efforts to form good habits leads us towards Restorative Practices when behavior or disciplinary issues occur. A handout will be provided with further details.
About our Parents:
Parent Motto: “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”
When we say that education is an atmosphere, we do not mean that a child should be isolated in what may be called a 'child-environment' especially adapted and prepared, but that we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere, both as regards persons and things, and should let him live freely among his proper conditions. It stultifies a child to bring down his world to the child's level.
By education is a discipline, we mean the discipline of habits, formed definitely and thoughtfully, whether habits of mind or body. Physiologists tell us of the adaptation of brain structures to habitual lines of thought, i.e., to our habits. In saying that education is a life, the need of intellectual and moral as well as of physical sustenance is implied. The mind feeds on ideas, and therefore children should have a generous curriculum. — Charlotte Mason, Twenty Principles, Volume 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education
Atmosphere: the environment in which the child grows. We should not create an artificial environment for our children. They should be in touch with real things in the real world.
Discipline: developing the discipline of good habits and self-control. Life: we should give children living thoughts and ideas, not dry facts. The curriculum should be wide and varied, nourishing to body, soul and spirit.
Life: we should give children living thoughts and ideas, not dry facts. The curriculum should be wide and varied, nourishing to body, soul and spirit.
About our Teachers
Our teachers are passionate about their chosen subject(s) and have been trained to “lay out the feast” in a manner consistent with Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education.
While our teachers come from various backgrounds, they have immersed themselves in the Charlotte Mason philosophy and methods, some for several years. This ensures that as we grow, we can remain true to our vision and culture. The subjects that they teach often reflect a lifelong passion for that subject and for many, university, graduate or professional training in that subject.
What to bring:
Lunch: Students are required to bring their own lunches in bags or lunch boxes each day along with a refillable water bottle for drinks. Please do NOT send soda or any colored drink. Due to our time schedule lunches will not be able to be heated or refrigerated so please pack accordingly.
Back Pack to include:
Pencils (pencils will be provided but if your student requires a special pencil grip or larger pencil etc please send it with them)
Notebooks/folders (students will be given notebooks to bring back and forth to class that hold assignments. Keep track of those weekly and be sure they travel back and forth)
Any additional items needed will be communicated by the Program Administrator or teacher.
Please leave the following items at home:
Electronics, cell phones, toys, Special pens or pencils, anything that may appear to be weapon like…swords, nerf toys etc. If you are uncertain, please feel free to ask questions.
Medication & Illness
Attendance to each session is important. However, we endeavor to keep all parties healthy so if a child has an illness then please keep the child at home for that week or until symptoms clear up. If a student needs to miss a week please notify via phone or email at 980-858-2129 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Medication will not be given out to students during the course of our day by any teacher or staff. This rule applies to all medication including prescription and over the counter so please make arrangements accordingly. If your child does show signs of illness or complains of not feeling well, we will contact you so that you may come and pick up your child from class.
In an effort to keep our community healthy, we do ask that you please be courteous of other families and keep your child home from the scheduled activities should they show signs of potential illness. Children exhibiting symptoms of illness should be kept home until they are symptom free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to class.
Symptoms to monitor include but are not limited to:
- Fever 100 Degrees or higher
- Unexplained rash
- Runny nose with unclear mucus
- Any other signs of a possible contagious illness.
If your child requires medical treatment for any type of contagious illness such as strep throat, pink eye, bronchitis, etc, we ask you to keep them home until they have been under their prescribed regiment of care for 24 hours. Some illnesses will require a longer treatment program, and we ask you to adhere to your physician’s advice.
Classes will be canceled if CMS schools are closed or postponed, or if Mountain Island Community Church is closed. MILC will communicate via email to confirm classes are canceled.
Dress Code: Mountain Island Learning Community asks parents to be mindful of their children’s clothing choices within the academic setting. There will be a variety of activities done throughout the day, so we advise children to wear comfortable clothes and shoes that will provide an ease with participation. Weather permitting we will be having activities inside and outside so we ask children to come prepared with jackets, or sweatshirts to ensure they stay warm. In addition we do ask parents and children to be considerate of others when selecting their garments to ensure no “inappropriate” language, or pictures are depicted. We also ask for modesty to be a consideration when choosing dresses, skirts, and shorts.
We are so thankful for Mountain Island Community Church for the use of this fabulous facility. Below are a few guidelines:
Walk at all times when inside the church building.
No running, yelling or horse play when inside the church building.
Leave areas in the facility better than you found them.
Place garbage in garbage cans and clean up after yourself in all circumstances.
By signing below I have acknowledged that I have read and understood the following:
- MILC Policy and Procedures 2023-2024 including the Statement of Faith
- 20 Principles of a Charlotte Mason Education
- I agree to not hold MICC (Mountain Island Community Church), MILC (Mountain Island Learning Community) or HLC (Heritage Learning Center) harmless for any liability to my child for any injury or alleged injury to him/her.