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What to Consider when Choosing a School

17 March 2015
Developmentally appropriate practice is a phrase often used to describe Jean Piaget’s focus on children’s stages of development, which emphasizes the importance of matching instruction to children’s readiness to learn. The difficulty is the educator’s ability to understand when a child has reached a developmental stage that requires new strategies and materials to challenge the child. This educator awareness is a critical factor in choosing an early childhood center. To accomplish goals that are developmentally appropriate, the following features should be in place: • First, teachers are well prepared with academic and classroom management skills that nurture and support all…

Holiday Programs

01 December 2014
It is that time of year! Ready for some holiday cheer? Dancing Moose has been working so hard with all of the students in preparation for the following performances: South Jordan-River Park Loction Tuesday, December 9th at Viridian Event Center4:00 pm Class 10 all sessions5:00 pm Class 5 & 86:00 pm Class 6 & 77:00 pm Class 11 & 12 Wednesday, December 17th at River Park Gym4:00 pm Class 4 in Gym (Santa visit at 4:30 pm in class) AND Class 1 in Class with Santa first4:30 pm Class 2 (Santa visit at 5 pm in class)5:00 pm Class 3 (Santa visit at 5:30 pm in class) West Valley-Lake Park Location Thursday December 11th at Viridian…

6 Ways to Ease Back to School Transitions

22 September 2014
Back to School! Lazy summer days and couch potato nights are over everyone; it is time to transition back to school!  As a teacher, transitions are a quintessential part of planning each day.  How to smoothly transition from one activity to the next is strategically planned in order to keep peace and predictability in the environment. Some of you may have returned from vacations, spent weeks in the sun, or had an enriched summer at Dancing Moose.  No matter what the case, we have all had unique different experiences.  How can we come together to make this transition back to…

Best of State 2014

01 July 2014
Jennifer Duffield received "Best of State" Administrator for 2014. Jenn is more than an administrator at Dancing Moose. You will often see her in the classroom teaching and assisting, in the halls talking with teachers and parents, but most of all connecting with the children as they enter the school. She knows the children on a personal level, she knows her teachers and her parents, and that is how a community is built! We love you Jenn. As the Executive Director at Dancing Moose Montessori School (DMMS), Jennifer Duffield has a Montessori teaching credential in toddler as well as early…

Tears at Graduation

11 June 2014
Tears at Graduation- Life Lesson Graduation was beginning for the second graders at Dancing Moose, beautiful white gowns were being donned by each child. Smiles and laughter filled the room in anticipation of the event. These children had spent most of the last 5 years together learning, growing and maturing at Dancing Moose.    As the ceremony was about to begin one child was missing from the group. Her cap and gown and was not white, it was green. With tears streaming down her face she was not going to participate because she did not fit in with the other…

Summer at Dancing Moose

24 April 2014
What would happen if you didn’t exercise your brain for 3 months? It is referred to as “summer academic loss” or “summer slide” and it’s real! Studies have shown that children enrolled in summer programs are two years ahead of their peers by the time they reach fifth grade. It’s easy to see the importance of continuing to develop critical thinking skills, academic confidence and cognitive ability throughout the summer. This summer, Dancing Moose is offering a full-time Summer Academic Program, and week long summer Moose Camp. 2014 Summer Academic Program » 2014 One Week Summer Camps »

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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