Individual Development and Cultural Identity
Children’s sense of self is shaped by experiences that are unique to them and their families, and by common experiences shared by a community or nation.
Children, families, and communities exhibit cultural similarities and differences.
Symbols and traditions help develop a shared culture and identity within the United States.
Time, Continuity, and Change
The past, present and future describe points in time and help us examine and understand events.
Civic Ideals and Practices
Children and adults have rights and responsibilities at home, at school, in the classroom, and in the community.
Rules affect children and adults, and people make and change rules for many reasons.
The Social Studies program at the kindergarten level is primarily focused on the individual child and how the child relates and responds to his/her family, school, and community. Children’s relationships with others in the classroom and school become sources for social studies learning. Social interaction skills are integral to the
kindergarten program. Children also begin to learn about their roles as citizens by accepting rights and responsibilities in the classroom and by learning about rules and laws.
Geography, Humans, and the Environment
Maps and globes are representations of Earth’s surface that are used to locate and better understand places and regions.
People and communities are affected by and adapt to their physical environment.
People have economic needs and wants.
Goods and services can satisfy people’s wants.
Scarcity is the condition of not being able to have all of the goods and services that a person wants or needs.