By Guest Blogger, Stephanie Parker
Bigger is better. More is, well, more . . . right? Everything in today’s world reinforces the idea that potty training our kids at 6 months is do-able, that our children should be fluent in Spanish at age 3, and that every 2-year-old should have a jam-packed schedule of extracurricular activities like that of an Olympic hopeful.
Have we bought into the idea that more is better without asking ourselves if it is truly meaningful?
As January ushers in preschool registration deadlines, consider if more classrooms, more kids, more programs actually make a preschool a better school? In a “Bigger is Better” world, I’d like you to meet Peace Preschool.
A small student population, long-standing teachers, and Christian principals have created a family-like environment many of the bigger preschools simply miss out on. After serving in leadership roles at several Charlotte area preschools for nearly 30 years, director Norma Lynch knew she wanted to build a school that was different when she created Peace.
“I watched as preschools got more and more focused on how many kids they could get through the door. I found out what really mattered,” said Lynch. “Not the numbers, but the love a child and family feel when they walk in the preschool doors and the love they take with them when they leave.”
Sheri Adams, mother of Sophia (2) and Mackenzie (12), has been sending her children to Peace since the school opened and believes there is no other school like it.
“Having an older child, I know that they grow up so fast and I want them to enjoy the unique and loving place that only preschool can be. There is a level of trust at Peace that is so different from any other school experience,” said Adams.
Located on the corner of Rea and Colony Roads, “Peace” as it is affectionately known, has chosen the path less taken by many preschools. In its 10-year history, it has purposefully remained a small, nurturing school that believes most in one simple idea, love.
“Children should just be children as long as they can. We hug on them, praise them, and give them room to build their self-esteem. If a child leaves our school feeling good about themselves, then we know they will go far,” said Lynch.
So before you sign up for the preschool “that everyone goes to” or the preschool with “the most programs” consider all your options and find the best fit for your child and your family.