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Early Social Studies Skills

"Your way of being in the world is not the only one."
from that quote on my wall.

Social Studies as a broad category includes learning about groups of people, the countries or lands where they live, and how relationships between groups of people have changed over the years. Sadly, Social Studies is sometimes trimmed down to simply memorizing names and dates, but the broader picture of the stories about people is much more interesting. A mud puddle is a fantastic way to learn basic terms about identifying types of land or water features. Instead of saying, "this place here", use correct terms such as "my island" or "your continent" and before you know it, your three year old will be using vocabulary from the 5th grade Social Studies book! Rich and complex ways to learn about the many ways to live include reenacting events with a blanket fort or pointy stick guns in the backyard, or a tea party with everyone dressed up in clothes similar to a certain time period or playing games from other cultures or other historical periods or that use maps for the boards.

Top five FUN ways to improve early Social Studies skills
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Suggested books about early Social Studies skills.
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