Each 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.
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.
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.