The MLCA preschool is proud to offer a comprehensive range of enrichment programs and community initiatives to complement our classroom learning and activities. Throughout the year we partner with child-centred local programs to host sessional physical activity classes, invite members of the community into the classroom, and conduct a variety of field trips to teach children about the world around them and foster a sense of community.
We believe that music ignites the whole child, connecting their body and brain. We are proud to offer weekly music lessons where students sing and engage in musical play with a variety of instruments, while learning about movement and rhythm.
During our four-week dance program, students are introduced to the foundations of dance and encouraged to express themselves through music and movement in a fun-filled environment. Our dance partners include Ms. Caroline from the MLCA Prancing Peanuts program and Counterpoint Dance Academy.
Our little yogis love learning yoga, mindfulness and breathing techniques, while improving their physical literacy skills during our four-week yoga residency! Past yoga partners include Wymbin, a youth-focused yoga, wellness & educational studio located in Inglewood.
In the Spring, our classes head outdoors for Sports Day at the South Calgary fields. This multi-sport day allows students to try out a range of activities in a fun and non-competitive environment. Sports Day is designed to build confidence and competence in children on and off the field. The preschool has previously worked with the Sportball organization to host Sports Day.
Arts & Craft
We believe that inspiring curiosity, promoting creative expression and exploring a range of media is important to a child’s development. Students are given the opportunity to make their very own masterpieces and learn about the clay making process during field trips to Wildflower Arts Studio and classroom sessions with Clay for Kids.
The Grand Friends program is an inter-generational collaboration between the preschool and the MLCA Seniors Group which aims at building meaningful relationships between members of the community. Our Grand Friends visit the classroom on a monthly basis to assist children with reading, pumpkin-carving at Halloween and other activities. During the holidays we perform a festive arrangement at the Staywell Manor Seniors Residence.
Community Crop is a volunteer-run, non-profit gardening society that manages garden plots across the city, including one conveniently located across the street from the MLCA Preschool. The children learn about worms, planting, growing, harvesting food and most importantly giving back… the potatoes that are grown by the students are harvested in the Fall and donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
Our students love getting out of the classroom to explore the world around them! The preschool organizes fields trips to the Giuffre Family Library, local fire hall and South Calgary community garden so students can learn about their neighbours and the community they live in.
Throughout the year we invite members of the community into the classroom so students can learn about a variety of topics and professions. Visitors include members of the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, family doctors, dentists, sleep consultants and professional athletes.
*Please note that some of our enrichment activities have currently been put on hold due to Covid. We look forward to bringing these programs back once the government deems it safe to do so.