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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