Our Preschool

Our Classes

Morning Program

  • Learning-through-play for 3 & 4 year olds
  • 9:00-11:15 am
  • Choose from 2-days (T/Th), 3-days (M/W/F) or 5-days per week (M-F)
  • Provides opportunity for children to socialize with their peers
  • Provides consistent environment and routine to build security & self-confidence
  • Encourages creativity and curiosity
  • Enables children to make independent choices and build on their interests
  • Parent-involved feedback and assessment

Afternoon Program

  • Kindergarten Prep for 4 & 5 year olds
  • 12:30-3:00 pm
  • 5-days per week (Monday-Friday)
  • No mandatory parent volunteer job and option to opt-out of fundraising
  • Focused on introducing and exploring knowledge, skills, and abilities as outlined in the Alberta Education Kindergarten Program  
  • Provide opportunities to improve a child’s literacy and numeracy skills
  • Montessori-style teaching methods that direct children to inquire about the world around them and ask questions
  • Formal feedback and assessment

Go to the Registration & Fees page to see the list of fees for each class.

Our Learning Philosophy

Malmo Pre-Kindergarten promotes a learning through play environment. We believe that play enhances the growth and development of the whole child: physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and creatively. It is through play that children learn to make sense of their world.

Malmo Pre-Kindergarten is an inclusive learning environment.  Ask us about the agencies we partner with and what accommodations can be made for your child.

Physical Needs

Opportunities for indoor play in the school gymnasium with various recreational equipment and outdoor play in the park and playground offer the children many activities that promote large muscle development and body coordination.

Small muscles and fine coordination are developed through the use of small-parts toys, blocks, puzzles, games, crafts, play dough, sand, and musical instruments.

Children are taught body care methods and needs through special theme subjects, activities, and resource visitors.

Social Needs

A preschool of similar ages makes companionship possible. Under the guidance of the teacher, the school provides many experiences in playing with and alongside peers, sharing, waiting one’s turn, and managing relationships and conflicts.

Emotional Needs

Children are offered a consistent routine and encouragement in an atmosphere of caring, concerned adults who are sensitive to the feelings of children.

Intellectual Needs

Various learning centres that change weekly, music/singing time, baking/cooking opportunities, exposure to technology and STEM activities, field trips, and visits from special guests all stimulate curiosity and contribute to the growth of ideas.

Creative Needs

Children explore their artistic natures through daily craft activities, a painting centre, a drawing centre, and a play dough table. Our playhouse and dollhouse allow the children a variety of imaginative play.

A Day in the Life of Malmo Pre-kindergarten

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Children are warmly welcomed into the school by their teachers and taken to the classroom.

The preschool day starts with free play time, where children choose their own activities from among the many learning centers designed to stimulate and challenge each child according to their individual needs and stages of development.

After free play, children are guided into a structured time of play. Starting with circle time, the teachers and children review the calendar and weather, discuss any topics of the day, and read a story.

After a bathroom and snack break, children are guided in an activity relating to the weekly theme. After completing their activity, children engage in active play which may include time in the school gym, outside at the playground, or extra free play time in the classroom.

At the end of the day, teachers get the children packed up and ready to meet their adult. The children come to know and enjoy their preschool routine.

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Children are warmly welcomed into the school by their teachers and taken to the classroom.

The preschool day starts with a check-in or feelings circle where the teachers and students sit together and discuss how everyone is doing.

Discussion moves on to the topic of the month where children brainstorm questions about the topic and think of ways to learn more or research the topic.

The research phase of the class could include reading books, watching videos, performing activities or experiments, or going on field trips. The teacher would also ask the children questions to ensure comprehension and move the research forward to get answers.

After the Research Phase, the class will have a bathroom and snack break followed by the show and tell phase where the children show off the information they have learned.

Before packing up and leaving for home, the class will have active play which includes going to the school gym, playing outside, free play time in the classroom.

Some of our centres include:

Water Table

Sand Table

Painting Easel

Small-parts Toys
& Games

Playhouse

Arts & Crafts

Blocks

Book Corner

Additional Benefits of Attending Malmo Preschool

  • Individualized instruction, assistance, and encouragement according to children’s individual needs and stages of development.
  • Large motor skills practiced using the school gymnasium, outdoor park, and movement breaks.
  • Fine motor skills practiced while playing with small-part toys, crafting, and playing at the various centres.
  • Weekly theme with specific daily activities to further stimulate and challenge the children, including guest speakers and field trips.
  • Exposure to art media, music, science, books, food, people and community experiences to broaden and expand children’s knowledge.
  • Teachers constantly assess the program, the environment, and each child in order to adapt and improve the program as necessary.
  • Teachers provide assessment for each child in the areas of social-emotional development, motor skills, language arts and reading readiness, math readiness, and physical literacy; assessments are shared and discussed regularly with parents/guardians.

Malmo Pre-Kindergarten vs Malmo Preschool

We are frequently asked about the name of our school. Our official name is Malmo Pre-Kindergarten but we often call ourselves Malmo Preschool. So, is there a difference?

There are many different terms for the grouping of three to five-year-olds: pre-kindergarten, preschool, playschool and nursery school. All these terms mean the same thing. For the most part, we refer to our school as the Malmo Preschool.