Social Studies for Young Children: Preschool and Primary Curriculum Anchor (Paperback)
  • Social Studies for Young Children: Preschool and Primary Curriculum Anchor (Paperback)

Social Studies for Young Children: Preschool and Primary Curriculum Anchor (Paperback)

Paperback 212 Pages / Published: 01/11/2013
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Social studies is at the heart of content in education and takes on society's best hopes for helping children become good citizens and winners in the global economy. In its comprehensive scope, Social Studies for Young Children: Preschool and Primary Curriculum Anchor fulfills the promise of social studies as an integrator of the knowledge and experiences of young children. Filled with strategies, activities and resources, this book helps teachers develop a holistic, culturally relevant approach to social studies and social learning. It surveys the relevant state and national standards and offers essential guidance on how to integrate them into the curriculum -- while at the same time looking beyond the tests to foster young social scientists' development into critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Special features include: *Children's literature to foster social studies understanding *Digital media for teaching and learning *Emphasis on cross-disciplinary synthesis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475800869
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
Edition: 2nd Edition

The renewal of social studies curriculum in early primary education is the focus of this publication. The second edition of Social Studies for Young Children is a welcome addition in this era of standardized high stakes. Readers are presented with the complexity of social studies as viewed through the lens of the teacher of young children. According to Mindes, 'the primary purpose for the study of social studies content is [quoting the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)] 'to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.'' The book is divided into eight chapters with a focus on authority, moral development, character education, emotional literacy, the common core, culture, classroom practices, multimedia, assessment, social studies as core of curriculum planning, and an appendix. This edition is updated with the ten national themes of NCCS while maintaining the focus on young children. It is well organized and informative with practical and useful instructional strategies for teachers, administrators, and parents. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and professionals. * CHOICE *
Social studies, if it is taught well, helps young children learn about themselves in a social and human context. It builds character, cultural awareness, a sense of time and place, and a grasp of citizenship. Gayle Mindes has written the essential guide to teaching social studies that combines practical ideas for the classroom, deep respect for young children as learners, and an appreciation of the broader societal context in which this teaching occurs. It will be a valuable companion for the beginning teacher, a curriculum designer, or anyone interested in what outstanding early childhood education looks like. -- Ross A. Thompson, Ph.D., distinguished professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis

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