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A Developmental Look At Building Meaningful Relationships

By Corrine Shipman, M.ED In early childhood, meaningful connections are formed by following our child's lead and meeting them at their developmental level. This means allowing our children to take the lead during playtime and engaging in activities that are...

Strategies that Reinforce a Child’s Good Behavior

Behaviors to Reinforce It is important to notice good behaviors that can help prevent negative behaviors before they happen. Some of the behaviors we want to notice with positive recognition can be simple positive acts. Playing nicely with siblings. Completing a...

The Dancing Moose Difference

Dancing Moose Montessori is focused on overall program quality and a whole child approach, which includes attention to a child’s physical, social-emotional, and academic development. Our team has crafted and continues to refine a research-based program that best...

Love at Their Level: Key Principles to Parenting Toddlers

Credit: Dr. Joyce Sibbett Raising happy, healthy children is challenging and that’s especially true when parenting a toddler. They’re very busy little people, learning new skills every day and always wanting to go and do—basically perpetual-motion machines. They’re...
The Dancing Moose Difference

The Dancing Moose Difference

Dancing Moose Montessori is focused on overall program quality and a whole child approach, which includes attention to a child’s physical, social-emotional, and academic development. Our team has crafted and continues to refine a research-based program that best...

Happy and Healthy Together

Happy and Healthy Together

by Breanne Nalder Harward, MS, RDN Let’s face it parents: life with kiddo is crazy! Getting the whole family healthy balanced meals is like aiming at a moving target. It sounds like a simple thing to do, finding balance in all things when raising children, doesn’t it?...

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A Time to Celebrate Mothers

A Time to Celebrate Mothers

by Dr. Joyce Sibbett Mother’s Day is a special opportunity to celebrate the many acts of kindness that mothers sacrifice for their children. It is an important time for children to slow down and think about the wonderful gifts that mothers share with them. This year...

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Observing Earth Day

Observing Earth Day

by Dr. Joyce Sibbett One of our favorite holidays at Dancing Moose is Earth Day, which occurs on April 22nd every year. The warmer weather allows our students to spend longer time outside and experience the magic of new growth in the Springtime. Maria Montessori...

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Raising A Child With Difficult Behaviors

Raising A Child With Difficult Behaviors

Why are some kids difficult? Whether it’s hyperactivity, a creative personality, a highly sensitive nature, or possibly a defiance disorder or disability, it doesn’t really make it easier by naming it. Some children simply have a need to push boundaries. But if you...

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Bringing Up And Out The Shy Child

Bringing Up And Out The Shy Child

Talking Points: Personalities are complex, and we need to respect individual tendencies to interact in ways that are natural and comfortable.  As parents it is important to respect the uniqueness of each of our children, but we can scaffold their social development...

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Happy Goodbyes: Easing Separation Anxiety

Happy Goodbyes: Easing Separation Anxiety

Talking Points: For parents of young children, back to school often goes hand in hand with cries of "Mommy, don't go!" But for parents of all pre-school and elementary-age kids, there are bound to be a few growing pains. Here are six tips on how to prepare for the...

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