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Social Studies

Understanding the world starts with understanding the people in it.

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For your child, every interaction is an opportunity to learn about different cultures, traditions and ways of life. They're beginning to see themselves as part of a larger community, learning about cooperation, diversity and the value of different perspectives.

Your School-Ager (Ages 6-10)

Children at this age are beginning to understand ideas about citizenship, community and cultural diversity. They start to see connections between their actions and their community, understanding how historical events shape our present, and how they can help create a better future. Encouraging your child to explore social studies can spark their interest in the world around them.

  • Community and Culture

    Your child is becoming more aware of the different cultures that make up their community and the wider world. They’re learning about traditions, holidays and customs different from their own, which helps develop respect and appreciation for diversity.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Are different cultures and communities represented in the program? Look for activities that celebrate diversity, such as cultural holiday celebrations, storytelling from different parts of the world and discussions about different traditions.

  • Our History

    At this age, kids can understand the concept of time and history. Your child is ready to explore important historical events and figures, connecting the dots between the past and the present.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Is there programming that introduces history, like biographies of notable figures or significant historical events? Look for interactive activities — like reenactments or creating family trees — that make history come alive for kids.

  • Mapping Our World

    The earth takes on new meaning as your child learns to understand maps and how geography has influenced different cultures over time. They’re beginning to understand the relationship between people and their environments.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program have opportunities to interact with maps or globes? Look for projects that encourage kids to explore different landscapes, climates and how geography affects life around the world.

  • Citizens in Action

    Your child is beginning to grasp the importance of community service, from understanding the roles of different community helpers to recognizing their part in creating a healthy, active community through cooperation and responsibility.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Are there opportunities for kids to engage in community service projects or learn about local government? Look for activities that expose kids to public servants, like police or fighter fighters, as well as community concepts like elections or city planning.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!

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From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions, please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • Community Helpers

    Teach your child about their community’s helpers. Use the internet or visit the local library to find resources on professions like firefighters, nurses, police officers and teachers. Ask your child what questions they have about these public servants or encourage them to dress up as their favorite community helper. Learning about public service can help them understand different roles in their community and appreciate the contributions of different professionals.

  • My Family Tree

    Encourage your child to create their own family tree, involving family members to gather information about relatives and any interesting historical stories. They can use drawings or photos to represent different family members and their connections. This activity creates an understanding of heritage, family bonds and the concept of generations, providing a personal connection to their family history

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