KINDERGARTEN SOCIAL STUDIES - C3
The aim of Social Studies is the promotion of civic competence – the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be active and engaged participants in public life. Civic ideals and practices enable students to learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens of a democracy, and to appreciate the importance of active citizenship.
District 103, in partnership with neighboring districts, has begun the revision of the Social Studies curriculum which currently reflects the Illinois Social Studies Standards. The revision process is being guided by the newly issued College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education. To view the entire document that explains the C3 Framework, please visit the following link: http://www.socialstudies.org/c3
Three interchangeable units that span the entire school year are taught to reinforce the above concepts~
Growing as a Citizen – my neighborhood my world
Learners will understand how human beings create, learn, and adapt to culture. “Culture” refers to the behaviors, beliefs, values, traditions, institutions, and ways of living together as a group of people. Concepts such as similarities (how we are alike) and differences (how we are different) are explored and valued. Individuals learn the elements of their culture through interactions with other members of the culture group.
- Key symbols and traditions are carried from the past into the present by diverse cultures in the United States and world.
- Learners examine where people, places, and resources are located, why they are there, and why this matters. Tools such as maps, globes and geospatial technologies are introduced.
- Students explore the modern-day three R’s – recycling, reusing, and reducing – to learn about ways they can help take care of the natural resources in our world.
Family, peers, culture and institutional influences shape personal identity. The study of individual development and identity helps us know who we are and how we change. Individuals have characteristics that are both distinct from and similar to those of others. Individuals bring specific abilities, interests, and talents in working with others to make decisions and solve problems. Individuals change over time.
Me –with other people, my family, my school/friends
The theme of civic ideals and practices helps us know how we can have influence on how people live and act together. Institutions such as families, and civic, educational, governmental, and religious organizations exert great influences in daily life. Organizations embody the core social values of the individuals and groups who comprise them. Learners belong to groups.
At a very basic and formative level, concepts such as growth, change, learning, self, family and groups begin to broaden as a Kindergarten student enters their first public school environment.
The above units were selected and created by District 103 teaching staff.