Literacy is essential to most aspects of school curriculum. It also presents opportunities for children to avail themselves to the knowledge and creativity of others. Hence, literacy is a critical part of the DMMS curriculum. Children learn the sounds of letters and ways that letters combine to form words. They engage in innovative activities in inventive writing. They see words in context not only in books but around the classroom as well. Children learn that reading and writing are avenues to wonderful and exciting adventures.
Math is far more than symbols and words on paper. Children learn to add and subtract by combining and taking away objects. They learn place value by seeing bead bundles that represent ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands. They hold wooden spindles that can be divided into parts of a whole. Conceptual understanding of math is a natural outcome of activities that allow children to manipulate objects and see relationships. The symbolic representation on paper always follows a solid understanding of concepts derived from concrete objects.
Science is truly exciting when it is about physical properties that are learned through the experimentation of observing and testing, such as seeing the change in a stalk of celery when it is placed in a glass of red-colored water. Science allows children to label, define, and explain the processes and elements of life around them. It expands a child's vocabulary and vision of the world, indicating how the child can impact his or her environment. Children learn to articulate a question, derive theories, and then examine evidence to test their theories. The science experiments focus on impacting phenomena such as gravity, friction, motion, color and light. Experiments extend to other disciplines such as art, writing, and reading.
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Dancing Moose Montessori School Lake Park, West Valley
4428 Links Drive
West Valley City, UT 84120
Dancing Moose Montessori School River Park, South Jordan
10995 South River Front Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
Dancing Moose is always looking for qualified individuals who share a similar passion and mission for early childhood education to join their team.
The spacious playground features equipment that offers a variety of activities for several children at the same time. Safety is a guiding principal on the playground--the play area is covered with a rubberized, cushioned soft fall area. The equipment gives children a variety of playground options from simple to more challenging play events, allowing children to develop skills as they play.
The playground also features tricycles for children to ride along a winding path on a designated area of the playground. Traffic signs help to create a realistic environment, and serve as a learning tool to help children become skilled at identifying and understanding the purposes of basic traffic signs.
Dancing Moose's outdoor amphitheatre provides a setting where children's imaginations soar as they choreograph plays for each other and for parent programs. The grassy, rolling hills are perfect for active play with elevations to help toddlers improve their balance and gross motor skills.
Following are pictures of our commercial grade equipment manufactured by Little Tikes Commercial.
DMMS finds great importance in children’s physical development and coordination. The free-movement room allows each child to participate in activities such as karate, dance, yoga, music enrichment and instrumental percussion. DMMS does not charge extra for these activities because the founders recognize the importance of every child's participation. They are committed to the value of community membership.
Our kitchen is fully equipped according to the Utah Department of Health Regulations. It provides a hot lunch as well as three snacks for full-time students: a morning snack, afternoon snack and take-home snack. Part-time students enjoy one snack during their session.
Nutrition is of the utmost importance to DMMS. The chef is experienced in creating healthy, balanced meals from scratch. A monthly menu will be provided to parents. Special dietary needs will be accommodated at parents' request.
DMMS is proud to feature the latest technology to ensure safety throughout the school.
DMMS invites parents to watch their children through a monitoring center at the school any time they are inclined. Each classroom and playground has a video camera, so the director or parent can see what is happening at all times.
The entrance of Dancing Moose Montessori School has a keypad so only parents with a correct code can enter the building. This code also checks their child in and out. Visitors must ring the doorbell to ensure their check-in by the director.
A solid 10 foot block fence does not allow passerby’s to view Dancing Moose students at any time.
Each classroom is tailored to meet children's needs. Large windows are featured in each classroom to accommodate outside views for children and adults. Classrooms are also equipped with child-sized toilets and sinks.
Windows surround the interior walls so parents can view the classroom from the hall without disturbing children.
The toddler classroom is equipped with a soft floor, child-sized sink, and a variety of Montessori materials displayed at the toddlers’ eye level. Learning materials consist of high quality Montessori materials, each with a distinct purpose for the child. Rugs delineate a child’s place in the classroom to execute these activities. Music, dancing and singing is also a regular part of this classroom. There is a separate age-appropriate playground for children under three, and children remain separated by age throughout the school day. Watering plants with spray bottles is one of the favorite activities during the day for toddlers. They also enjoy visiting the gym where they sing and dance and play with balls, bubbles, and parachutes.
The twos classroom is equipped with Montessori materials that are simplified to accommodate this age group. Potty training is an important part of the curriculum in this class. “Potty time” eases children into sitting on the child-sized toilet without overwhelming them. Singing and dancing is also integral to the day-to-day routine. Teachers move the children around in 10 to 15 minute increments to capture and maintain their interest. Phonemic Awareness is a primary focus for teachers. Children learn how to break apart a word by sounds before they even begin to recognize the written symbols. Once a child recognizes that sounds make up words, the child learns to associate the letters with sounds. For math, children begin to recognize numerical symbols, and they begin to associate quantities with the symbols. Practical life activities include washing hands, wiping tables, pouring water, grasping with tongs and many others.
The three to five-year-old classroom is structured with several workstations to facilitate a myriad of curricular objectives. The sink area promotes practical life activities such as washing dishes and art projects such as water color painting. Reading is promoted first through Phonemic Awareness. Letter boxes contain objects for children to isolate sounds and match them with appropriate symbols. The DMMS leveled reading program allows parents to become involved in their child’s progress by continuing the learning process at home. Math is introduced in many different concrete ways. Math materials introduce multiplication and division if a child is interested and ready for these math processes. Each week, full-time students participate in dance, yoga, karate and choir. These special classes are important for the Dancing Moose emphasis on educating the whole child.
The teacher supports children's learning by preparing materials and a classroom climate of trust and support between the teacher and each child as well each child toward his or her peers. The teacher determines when to introduce new materials by observing each child's progress, taking notes, and presenting new ideas to individual children or small groups of children as indicated by their development.
If you would like to get to know our unique teachers and more about the learning environments they create, visit our Teacher Feature page.
Central to Montessori learning is the ethic of respect for self and others and respect for one's environment. Children learn the importance of approaching others politely and asking to join others in activities. These skills support a critical balance between autonomy and a cooperative community.
Choice and spontaneity, core principles of a Montessori education, are achieved in an orderly environment. Children exercise freedom within limits to facilitate a productive working environment for everyone.