Spotlight on Young Children and Social Studies / Edition 1 available in Paperback
In this collection of articles from Young Children and Beyond the Journal, experts discuss the historic roots of the social studies field, explain how quality books can help children understand themselves and others, and provide many examples of teachers and children engaged in meaningful social studies. The book includes a list of key resources as well as questions and activities designed to aid readers in reflecting on the articles.
This volume is part of NAEYC’s best-selling Spotlight seriesgreat resources for the college classroom and for staff development.
|Publisher:||National Association for the Education of Young Children|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)|
About the Author
Gayle Mindes, EdD, is professor of education at DePaul University in Chicago. Shes teaches preservice graduate studies with a focus in sociual studies.
Read an Excerpt
Picure some typical activities in today’s early childhood classrooms. A seated baby pushes a ball toward her teacher, who rolls it back to the eagerly awaiting child. Several two-year-olds, giddy with excitement, chase each other through a cardboard tunnel. A group of preschoolers and their teacher make a list of all the things they know about music before attending a high school band concert. The children in a second grade class create a map of their school and playground, gradually adding to the map as they learn more about their community.
In all of these scenes, the children are engaged in social studies. In early childhood, learning about social studies begins with self and family, then extends to child care and educational settings. With guidance and encouragement from teachers and other adults, young children become active participants in the classroom community and in the larger world beyond. With knowledge and understanding of self, children move on to learn how they are alike and different from others. The content and skills learned through social studies prepare children to become informed and engaged citizens of their country and of the world.
Table of ContentsIntroduction/Derry Koralek
Social Studies in Today’s Early Childhood Curricula/ Gayle Mindes
Children’s Literature: A Window to Understanding Self and Others/Stephanie Feeney and Eva Moravcik
Exploring Social Studies through Children’s Books/ Susan Friedman with Stephanie Feeney
The Language of Lullabies/Alice Sterling Honig
Using Social Stories to Ease Children’s Transitions/ Jennifer Briody and Kathleen McGarry
Social Studies in Action/Susan Friedman
Social Studies: Learning about the World around Us/ Jo-Anne D’Addesio, Betsy Grob, Lenore Furman, Kathleen Hayes, and Judy David
Resources for Teaching and Learning about Social Studies/Gayle Mindes
Reflecting, Discussing, Exploring: Questions and Follow-Up Activities/Susan Friedman
This Is Social Studies . . .
Cleaning Up the Streets/Judy David and Betsy Grob
Real Superhero Play/Ruth Hensen
Cross-Cultural E-mail Connections/Michaele Salmon and Susan Evans Akaran
Making the Calendar Meaningful/Stefanie Adamson
Cristi’s Library Dilemma/Emily Vance and Patricia Jiménez Weaver