Little Dude Ranch Academy uses the  The Creative Curriculum® for Early Childhood which is approved by the Palm Beach County Early Leaning Coalition, the Children’s Service’s Council, and our Accreditation Agency. 

   The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that promotes exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.  The philosophy of The Creative Curriculum® is that young children learn best by doing. The Creative Curriculum® is built on theories of development in young children, that all children learn through active exploration of their environment and therefore the environment plays a critical role in learning.

Excited Children in Science Class

   We use Teaching Strategies to assess every child on an on-going basis and track your individual child’s development.  Teaching Strategies® partners with early childhood educators by providing innovative, effective resources that empower and inspire them as they teach and care for our youngest learners during the critical, formative years from birth through third grade. We are committed to advancing the field of early childhood education through high-quality, integrated resources; responsive, ongoing support; and research-based, research-proven solutions that enable every early childhood educator to open doors to lifelong learning.

   The 38 research-based objectives define the path teachers take with the children in their classroom. They inform every aspect of teaching, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with state early learning guidelines. The objectives for development and learning span from birth through third grade and enable teachers to see children’s development and learning along a progression across the whole of the early childhood years.

   The objectives cover 10 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas, content areas, and English language acquisition. Many objectives also include dimensions that guide teachers’ thinking about various aspects of that objective and help clarify what it addresses.

Our team of staff includes a full-time Curriculum Director who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, specializing in Preschool through 3rd Grade.  She brings over 20 years of teaching experience including teacher mentoring and coaching.