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.

Monday, 02 March 2009 06:46

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.

Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:44

A Teacher's Role

teacherThe 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. 

Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:44

Respect & Order

orderCentral 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.

Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:43

Autonomy & Creativity

creativityChildren's creativity is free flowing in this prepared environment. Children can try new activities without fear of reprimand or competition from others. This sense of safety facilitates intellectual development derived from choosing activities that capture and maintain children's interest, and self esteem that comes from accomplishing self-designated learning tasks. Joy is the pervasive emotion that governs children's work.


Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:42

Montessori vs. Traditional

Montessori Education
Traditional Education
Individually-paced lessons that challenge children's critical thinking skills. Pre-designed lessons in designated time block.
Teacher guidance to facilitate activities in a timeframe most suitable to the needs of each child. Persistent teacher intervention to meet learning objectives in a predetermined time.
Cooperation and respect for each child's autonomy. Competition with peers to complete tasks quickly.
Emphasis on learning that is individually suited to each child's level of development. Emphasis on standardized learning objectives.
Individualized teaching for effectiveness. Routinized learning goals for efficiency.
Learning that connects to children's lives, allowing children to engage in higher brain functions, such as inductive and deductive logic and synthesis of ideas. Learning as fragmented pieces that exist for some purpose that the teacher understands.
Sunday, 01 March 2009 23:37

Maria Montessori

montessoriItalian born Maria Montessori (1870-1952) began studying children as a medical doctor. Through scientific observation, Dr. Montessori learned that children develop cognitive skills in a nurturing environment filled with materials that stimulate their interest. She developed the Montessori Method based upon essential observable tenets:

  • Children's minds absorb information at an unprecedented rate from the age of birth to six years.
  • Children love to interact with people and objects in their environment and enjoy pursuing purposeful independent activity.
  • Children respond well to a cooperative and nurturing environment.
  • Children cultivate respect for children and adults when treated respectfully by others.

Montessori's educational philosophy, although decades old, is recognized around the world as a progressive approach that leads to a lifetime of academic excellence. As Montessori stated, "Education is not something which the teacher does…It is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his [or her] environment."

Thursday, 27 November 2008 17:00

Dr. Joyce Sibbett Ph.D

President of Dancing Moose

Friday, 28 November 2008 07:00

Jennifer Duffield

Executive Director

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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