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Social Studies

Our social studies curriculum has two components: history and cultural studies; and the rights and responsibilities of democratic and global citizenship.

In studying history, we want our children to examine human culture via many viewpoints. At each developmental level, we foster students’ understanding of geographic, economic, and social differences among people around the globe, and also their understanding of essential similarities among all people. For young children, this often takes the form of learning about people’s daily life-- food, language, clothing, housing, art—and even role-playing some of those aspects. This allows children to learn specifics about another culture in an organic, engaging way—through imaginative play.

In many instances, the study of culture dovetails nicely with students’ emerging understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Learning about how people live in other places and in other times sometimes prompts questions about how the world’s resources are allocated and shared. The Children’s School has a strong tradition of civic engagement, from preparing lunches for a local PADS shelter to hosting a fundraiser (organized entirely by students) to benefit victims of natural disasters in Haiti and Japan. We encourage children to work to make the world a better place, whether in their own classrooms or communities or in the wider world.

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings."
Hodding Carter

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