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Friday, 08 May 2009 13:59

Best of State

medalDancing Moose Montessori is proud to be awarded Best of State in the Education: Preschool category for 2009!

Read more here.

Tuesday, 05 May 2009 09:22

Dancing Moose Virtual Tour

Take a look around Dancing Moose

Click and drag within each image to move around the room

Lobby / Hallway

Classroom

Classroom

Classroom

Multipurpose Room

Kitchen

Outside Playground

Outside Playground

Outside Playground


Monday, 09 March 2009 21:10

Curriculum

Literacy Skills

curriculumLiteracy 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 Curriculum

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 Curriculum

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.

Sunday, 01 March 2009 17:00

Contact Us

Please contact us to schedule a tour to find our more out Dancing Moose Montessori, our programs and facilities.

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(801) 968-0100

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Dancing Moose Administration

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Dancing Moose has two convenient locations

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

Join Our Team

 Dancing Moose is always looking for qualified individuals who share a similar passion and mission for early childhood education to join their team.

Please fill out this inquiry form indicating your interest

Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:48

Our Playground at Dancing Moose

playground_1The 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.

play_preschool_equipmentplay_toddler_equipmentplay_priderock play_4_seat_tetter

Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:47

Free-Movement Room at Dancing Moose

free movement roomDMMS 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.

Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:47

Dancing Moose Kitchen Facilities

ourkitchenOur 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.

Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:46

Child's Safety at Dancing Moose

childsafety_headDMMS 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.

Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:45

Classroom Setup at Dancing Moose

classroom_headEach 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.

Toddler Classrooms

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.

Two-Year-Old Classroom

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.

Three- to Five-Year-Old Classroom

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.

What Our Parents Say

  • Jamie & Ken B:  Too many great things to narrow it down to just a few lines! But we'll try!  We love that all the teachers and administrators are always smiling and positive - it sets the stage for a great learning environment for our child and let's us know that they truly care about all the children.

  • Keith W:  Moving here from the east coast, we were concerned about finding the proper level of education for our daughter. Dancing Moose was just opening and when we did our tour, Dr. Joyce impressed me with her professionalism,enthusiasm, and academic prowess. We started our daughter in the toddler class and never looked back. Now, four years later we have both our children in Dancing Moose and could not be more pleased. Not only is the education second to none, and I would apply that not to only utah, but the entire country, the family atmosphere is phenomenal. I would recommend Dancing Moose to all toddler to 2nd grade children.  I can not understand why anybody would go anywhere else.

  • Alexis J:  Aislynn loves going to school at Dancing Moose, she's excited every day to tell me or any other adult near her what she did in school that day.  I love the flexibility the teachers are allowed, how every student gets to work at their own pace and none of them seem overwhelmed or bored.

  • Cherie M:  I commute everyday to the Dancing Moose, usually about 20 minutes each way from my Holladay home. Though commuting is not my favorite activity, I have found it is worth every second of my time. My son, Liam Emsley, is so happy when I pick him up and drop him off, sometimes I have to convince him it is time to leave school and go home! The state of the art facility is top notch, the teachers are warm and friendly, the school lunch/snack program is the best I found when I was researching school options. Needless to say, I am a big fan of the Dancing Moose!

  • Michelle M:  Our family loves the Dancing Moose Montessori for so many reasons.  The most important reason, is that our son absolutely loves his teachers and the other staff. We love the diversity and acceptance of students and staff and we also love that the Moose is community oriented and working on a "green" future. 

  • Shannon C:  Transplants to UT from OR.  This is our second year at DMM.  We feel safe, comfortable, love coming to school everyday to learn from a FANTASTIC curriculum,  really enjoy the flavors from Chef Renee, organic gardening and most of all the consistent unconditional love from each teacher with our little ones!  Thank you Dancing Moose for providing my children a great early childhood educational experience!

  • Christian M:  Dancing Moose distinguishes itself in the quality of academic education the school provides to young children, and also in the environment it creates for learning to occur.  Perhaps most-importantly, our son loves it!

  • Chris P:  Some of the things I like best about Dancing Moose have nothing to do with what goes on in the classroom.  I like that the place is wind powered, has a community garden and has a chef making food from scratch every day.  These are manifestations of values which I hold dear.  I am happy that Dancing Moose shares these values.

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