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Social Studies

As they grow, your child's understanding of their place in the world deepens.


Discussions around history, politics and global issues become more nuanced, showing a deeper awareness of the world’s complexities. This is an opportunity to encourage critical thinking about social justice, cultural diversity and their role as a community citizen.

Your Young Adolescent (Ages 11-14)

At this age, your child is ready to tackle more complex social studies topics, from government and economics to the causes and effects of historical events. This is a time to encourage critical thinking and create an appreciation for different cultures and world history. Encouraging discussion and continuous learning about current events can help your child develop a deeper understanding of the world and their role as an informed, responsible citizen.

  • The Story of Us

    Studying history at this age means learning more about complex developments and conflicts in society. Your child is ready to explore the causes and effects of historical events and understand that each one carries different narratives that shape our world.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Are there opportunities for kids to learn about the more nuanced aspects of history or engage in debates about complex subjects? Look for interactive approaches that encourage children to dig deeper into history from multiple viewpoints.

  • Understanding Governance

    Understanding how the government operates, the ideas of democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizens becomes crucial as children grow older. Your child is learning how political systems operate and how they can participate themselves.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Look for educational experiences that help shine light on government functions and emphasize the importance of civic engagement. These could be activities such as mock elections, youth councils or student debates.

  • Exploring Identities and Perspectives

    Social studies helps kids explore their own identities and understand the different perspectives that make up society. They should be encouraged to think about the different cultural, social and historical factors that could influence human identity.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Are there chances to learn about different cultures and social issues? Look for safe, inclusive environments where kids can share their experiences, learn about different perspectives and develop an understanding for others.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!


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.

  • Broadening Horizons

    Encourage your child to study a country or a culture different from their own. They could explore language, traditions, holidays, cuisine and key historical events. This type of personal research can emphasize global awareness and appreciation for diversity.

  • Examining Local History

    Challenge your child to take a deeper look into local history. They can conduct research, interview local historians or community members and visit historical sites to gather information. This activity can deepen their understanding of the local community and teach skills like research and storytelling.

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