Social Studies incorporates the study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the Lower School program, Social Studies provides a coordinated, systematic study drawing upon geography, history, economics and political science and relevant content from language arts, mathematics and the sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. To lay the foundation, from grades JK-4, the school year begins with students and teachers establishing the classroom community and students learning what it means to be a good citizen.

We use an integrated approach in this area. To ensure the curriculum is meaningful and accessible to students, they are provided with opportunities to explore each topic through real-world experiences, center activities and literature selections. The Social Studies curriculum in kindergarten explores the relationships in students’ lives with their families, friends, teachers and neighbors. Students explore ways to get along with others and how to solve problems. They learn that people live differently in different places and that they can help care for the world. Students practice the lessons they learn in activities such as creating “Who Am I?” books and identifying ways to help reduce waste in the environment.