Social studies is a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to the study of people, their physical environment, traditions, leadership and cultures. The K-3 social studies program introduces geography, civics, economics and history. Students study people and cultures, past and present, from our community and all over the world. They learn how the physical environment shapes cultures, why governments are important and the ways in which our needs are served in the economy.
Kindergarten Social Studies Learning Objectives
- Begin to show an understanding of the reasons for studying history and traditions.
- Begin to show an understanding of the relationship between the past and the present.
- Demonstrate awareness of the uses of maps and globes.
- Locate places using relative terms, including near, far, next to, neighboring and across the ocean.
- Locate China, the United States, St. Louis and Mexico on a map.
- Demonstrate understanding of the various roles leaders have in a community.
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance of rules in a community.
- Participate appropriately in the classroom voting process.
- Begin to value the multicultural and multi-ethnic dimensions of our society.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how people celebrate.
- Demonstrate an understanding of why people celebrate.
- Understand the ways in which different cultures can be expressed through holidays and traditions.
- Begin to recognize one’s responsibilities as a member of various groups, including classroom, school and community.