Kindergarten Social Studies

What your child will learn and do in Kindergarten Social Studies

In kindergarten, students develop an awareness of themselves as growing individuals. Social interaction skills are incorporated into the curriculum, as children’s relationships with others are developed in the classroom and become sources for social studies learning. Emphasis is placed on using content that is relevant and personally meaningful.  Through an inquiry-based approach to learning, students have opportunities to select content, conduct research, evaluate questions, and present their historical investigations. Activities in these areas will include:  

  • Identifying their role in the school and in their home community 

  • Understanding that there are many types of communities

  • Identifying the role of community workers and who keeps the community safe and productive

  • Comparing past and present experiences

  • Identifying their own culture and how it relates to others

  • Creating, reading, and interpreting maps

  • Describing various modes of transportation

  • Recognizing how recycling preserves the environment

  • Discussing how money is interpreted in different ways (e.g.  coins, checks)

  • Using a combination of drawing, speaking, and writing to describe an event, give information about a topic, or share an opinion

  • Taking part in shared reading, writing, and research projects

Helping your child learn outside of school:    

  • Make your child aware of age-appropriate current events. Discuss current events, and encourage your child to watch the news and/or read the newspaper.

  • Visit museums, zoos, theaters, historical sites, aquariums, and other educational places to help increase your child’s exposure to new knowledge and vocabulary.

  • Read stories, books, or biographies based on your native culture or others. 

  • Ask your child about his/her school day. Have your child explain to you or write in an academic journal what he/she learned that day in class. 

  • Encourage your child to explain his/her projects to you or practice a presentation the night before it is due.

  • Share family traditions, stories, and culture with your child. Encourage your child to interview family members such as grandparents to learn family history.  

  • Use real-life opportunities to develop an understanding of geography concepts and map skills.

  • Encourage cooperative play at home.  Play family games that require a partnership or teamwork.  

  • Encourage service and responsibility. Either through school or as a family, your child can experience providing service to others and/or being a responsible citizen through community giving. 


To access the full CREC Kindergarten Curriculum Guide, click here.
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