News and Events

Mini Marathon 2017

19 May 2017
We are excited to announce our Annual Mini Marathon coming up at the end of our school year. This community building event will take place at our Lake Park, West Valley location on Saturday, June 10 from 8:30 am-10:30 am. A 1K run will kick off the event followed by opportunities for the kids to participate in a variety of outdoor activities including face paint, rocket launch, water game station and much more! The schedule of events will be as follows: 8:30 am Warm-up Routine and Stretching 9:00 am Race Begins promptly for fast runners 9:10 am Race Begins for strollers and slower paced participants 9:15 am Oatmeal bar and outdoor centers Registration is $5.00 per person and includes 1K t-shirt and activities.  Additional food, full face paint and other activities will be available for purchase after the race.   Click here to register today! Our three week "training program"…

Raising a Giver - Studio 5 Segment

06 December 2016
Raising a Giver during the holiday season —Dr. Joyce gives some tips and tricks on how to instill a sense of giving in your young child this holiday season. Watch the segment now: Studio 5: Raising a Giver

Minimizing the Potty Training Struggle - Studio 5 Segment

11 October 2016
Potty training can be a challenging task for both parents and children.  And even though the task can seem daunting there are ways to ease the transition. Dr. Joyce Sibbett explains if there really is a right and wrong way to go about potty training. Watch the segment now: Studio 5: Minimizing Potty Training Struggles

Guilt Free TV Viewing - Studio 5 Segment

25 May 2016
Guilt-free Television—is it a realistic concept?  The answer is no unless it is monitored viewing time.  Regardless of program quality, children should only watch television for brief periods of time.  If you look specifically at the preschool years, they are a period of tremendous mental, physical, and emotional development.  Activities—physically doing things—stimulate imagination and promote learning in ways that screen time cannot.  Children need ample time each day for active learning. When children do watch television, it should be pre-planned and implemented wisely.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than one to two hours a day of educational, nonviolent programs for preschoolers.  And I agree.  Parents should also be selective about content; i.e., they should choose programs that provide information in specific academic disciplines as well as programs that support social and emotional development. Following the program, it’s ideal for parents to talk with children about what they…

Best of State 2015

14 May 2015
Shanny Pilcher received "Best of State" Early Childhood Educator for 2015. Shanny Pilcher has been a Dancing Moose early childhood teacher for the past seven years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Family consumer science with a focus on early childhood education. She is currently working on a Masters degree in Montessori education, which has been instrumental in providing sound practices that correlate with core educational standards for early childhood. She connects personally with each parent and often spends multiple hours weekly to help parents understand how to extend educational and social development of their children from the classroom to home. She maintains an open-door policy that welcomes parent to be involved and participate with or observe their child at any point. During the last five years, every one of Ms. Shanny’s 5-year-olds have graduated from her class with the ability to read CVC words, and each child had…

My Child Won't Socialize

17 March 2015
Your child won't socialize? Dr. Joyce Sibbett, owner of Dancing Moose Montessori School shares steps you can take to nurture your pre-schooler's social skills. Read more at http://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=54&sid=39315407#QRYr45pJPzS2orwd.99

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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