Child development social Studies
Children learn about their social world from the moment of birth, and observing and interpreting group behavior in preschool is an important part of this. The early childhood classroom can be a perfect setting for acquiring the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes children need to live as contributing citizens in a complex society. The key dimensions of learning in this content area are captured in the five preschool key developmental indicators (KDIs) in (see below).
- Diversity: Children understand that people have diverse characteristics, interests, and abilities.
- Community roles: Children recognize that people have different roles and functions in the community.
- Decision making: Children participate in making classroom decisions.
- Geography: Children recognize and interpret features and locations in their environment.
- History: Children understand past, present, and future.
- Ecology: Children understand the importance of taking care of their environment.
Because young children are concrete thinkers, age-appropriate social studies experiences start with children's own lives and help them relate new learning to what is familiar. After their family, the classroom is the first society that young children belong to. For them, early social studies learning grows from their interactions with the people and materials in the preschool setting.
For example, children learn about human diversity by interacting with adults and classmates, trying on different roles during pretend play, reading books, exploring the arts, and going on field trips.
Similarly, participating in the classroom community is a scaled-down version of the decision-making process in society at large. Children participate in small decisions about classroom jobs and materials, and discuss ways to handle shared problems. Likewise, taking care of the indoor and outdoor learning environment is a rehearsal for their becoming stewards of the planet.
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Instead of starting kindergarten, take a year to encourage your child towards outdoor play, open-ended play, art, etc.
Let your child spend a lot of time with other kids to learn social development.
Social Studies for the Preschool/Primary Child (9th Edition) (New 2013 Curriculum & Instruction Titles)