It’s that time of year: registration is open for next year for nearly every school across the nation.
When my eldest was a toddler, I thought it was absurd that we needed to plan out his preschool career eight months before the school year started, months before he even had his third birthday. So, I put it off, thinking surely those dates on the various preschool advertisements were wrong.
Eight months later, an autism diagnosis changed all my plans anyway, but I felt so guilty going into his three-year-old year with only a once-a-week Bible study. Even the local MOPS group was full. The following year, we were ready. I researched and planned, and filled in the appropriate paperwork for my son to start Classical Conversations for his four-year-old year.
Of all the preschool options out there, why CC? Isn’t that a curriculum meant for older kids?
Five Reasons we chose Classical Conversations for preschool:
- The purpose of preschool is to prepare a child for kindergarten and elementary school. I taught preschool for a long time, and even in a Christian setting, preschool is still meant to prepare a child for future years in a standard school setting. The homeschool lifestyle is dramatically different from traditional school, requiring a different sort of prep.
- Classical Conversations costs a ton less than standard preschool. Tuition for the year is approximately the same as two months worth of preschool tuition.
- The quality of the program is equivalent to a private school education. It’s homeschool, so it’s expected that parents will work with their children at home at their own pace. But the material presented is fantastic.
- The philosophy of CC is that the material repeats every three years, but discussed at a slightly deeper level each time. So, we began last year on cycle 1, now we’re on cycle 2, and next year will be cycle 3. Last year it was just a bunch of catchy songs to my son. This year he’s making the connection between the history, geography, and timeline songs. Next year the history and geography will focus on American history. We’re on the East Coast, so I’m excited to take my son to see some of the things he’ll be singing about. But then next time we hit cycle 1 again, the songs will already be familiar (even if just vaguely) and we’ll be able to add extra books and projects to the material instead of learning it for the first time.
- Everyone loves the art and science projects. Even the tin whistle, though for 4-year-olds, it’s really just making a joyful noise for the Lord. Everyone does the same projects across the campus, so it was fun to see what the older kids did for art, while we were introducing various ways to use paint and methods of drawing. A lot of this was similar to when I taught preschool, just taught in a more meaningful way.
After teaching preschool for so many years, the biggest difference is that we don’t go over letters and numbers at CC. We do that at home. It’s really fun to see that as my big kid learns letters, he gets better and better at reading the CC memory work! CC is enough for the little years. And CC plus math and phonics is enough for kindergarten.