Social Studies Standards for 3-Year-Olds
The primary purpose of social studies is to prepare children to become informed and engaged citizens in a culturally diverse, rapidly changing, and interdependent world. Children will learn about diverse cultures, languages, and abilities as well as the importance of including all people.
For many children, preschool may be their first experience in a nonfamily, structured social environment. As such, they are beginning to acquire skills in collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making, and citizenship. Although many of these skills will be learned and refined by interacting with peers, children profit from the guidance of knowledgeable and caring adults.
As children develop relationships with their caregivers and peers, they begin to understand the social structures within their schools. As they mature, this will expand to include their communities, country, and the world. They will understand and appreciate the social structures and norms that create a community and their role as an active participant.
ADULTS SUPPORT LEARNING IN SOCIAL STUDIES WHEN THEY:
Core Standards of the Course
Strand 1: CULTURE AND DIVERSITY
Early learning programs should include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity. Students will have the opportunity to share their family’s attributes with peers and discuss similarities and differences.
Standard SS 3 yr.1.1
With prompting and support, recognize differences and commonalities in culture, ethnicity, and abilities within the classroom and immediate communities (for example, language, family structure, traditions, disabilities).
Strand 2: TIME, CONTINUITY, AND CHANGE
Early learning programs should include experiences that provide for the study of the past and present. Students will identify changes over time to self, family, and community and explore how these changes affect them.
Standard SS 3 yr.2.1
With prompting and support, identify examples of change over time related to personal growth and experiences (for example, talking, dressing, feeding, potty training, height, daily schedule).
Strand 3: PEOPLE, PLACES, AND ENVIRONMENTS
Early learning programs should include experiences that provide for the study of people, places, and environments. Students will learn how to care for and protect their home and school environments, the earth, and to safely interact within their school and community.
Standard SS 3 yr.3.3
With prompting and support, describe ways to care for home and school environments and the earth (for example, recycle, use paper and use water only as needed, place trash in the garbage can).
Strand 4: INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT AND IDENTITY
Early learning programs should include experiences that provide for the study of individual development and identity. Students will gain an awareness of their personal identity, including their abilities and preferences.
Standard SS 3 yr.4.1
Demonstrate awareness of identity including personal information, characteristics, preferences, and abilities (for example, name, age, gender, physical attributes, likes/dislikes, parent/caregiver, family members).
Strand 5: INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, AND INSTITUTIONS
Early learning programs should include experiences that provide for the study of interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions. Students will work cooperatively with others and contribute to the classroom community.
Standard SS 3 yr.5.2
With prompting and support, participate in the classroom community by interacting with other children and adults in a formal or group setting (for example, follow established rules, participate in a variety of classroom roles, take care of classroom materials).
Strand 6: POWER, AUTHORITY, AND GOVERNANCE
Early learning programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance. Students will contribute to developing classroom rules and procedures and participate in the selection of classroom activities.
Standard SS 3 yr.6.1
With prompting and support, participate in the democratic process as it applies to a classroom community (for example, recognize the importance of rules, assist with developing rules, propose solutions to classroom problems, and participate in voting for activities).
Strand 7: PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND CONSUMPTION
Early learning programs should include experiences that provide for the study of how people organize and contribute to a family and a community. Students will identify the differences between wants and needs and the purpose of employment.
Strand 8: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY
Early learning programs should include experiences that provide for the study of relationships among science, technology, and society. Students will identify the uses of simple technology (for example, pencils, scissors, spoons) and electronic tablets and computers. Students will understand how to use technology safely and how it affects learning and living.
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