This book anchors the social studies as the central unifying force for young children. Teachers use the inquiry process to foster child development of social skills and citizenship ideals in their first classroom experiences. Curriculum is built starting with children’s natural curiosity to foster literacy in all its form—speaking, listening, reading, writing. Along the way, young children acquire knowledge and academic skills in civics, economics, geography and history. Shown throughout are ways to promote social learning, self-concept development, social skills and citizenship behaviors. Featured here are individually appropriate and culturally relevant developmental practices. Considered are the importance of family collaboration and funds of knowledge children bring to early care and education. Contributors to this edition bring expertise from bilingual, early education, literacy, special education and the social studies. Beginning with citizenship and community building the authors consider all aspects of teaching young children leading to a progression of capacity to engage civically in school and community.
Gayle Mindes, Ed.D., is professor emerita at DePaul University, where she was a faculty member for 25 years and served as associate dean, acting dean, and chair of the Teacher Education Department. She is author of several notable books, including Assessing Young Children and Social Studies for Young Children: Preschool and Primary Curriculum Anchor, Second Edition, as well as editor for Teaching Young Children with Challenging Behavior and Contemporary Challenges in Teaching Young Children: Meeting the Needs of All Students.
Mark Newman, Ph.D. is professor of social studies education at National College of Education, National Louis University. He has written and edited articles and books on maps, photographs, primary sources, and various historical and geographical topics. He is co-author of a book on visual literacy. Newman has been awarded several National Endowment for the Humanities grants and was director of a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources project. In 2016, he won the National Louis University Distinguished Teaching Award.
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List of Tables and Textboxes
Foreword by Dominic F. Gullo, Ph.D.
About the Contributors
An Introduction to the Book: Why Should Social Studies Be the Curricula Anchor for Young Children?
Gayle Mindes, Ed.D.
1 Why Is Studying Social Studies Important for Young Learners?
Mark Newman, Ph.D.
2 How Are Literacy and Social Studies Inextricably Linked?
Marie Ann Donovan, Ed.D., and Gayle Mindes, Ed.D.
3 How Can Social Studies Anchor the Curriculum?
4 Children’s Literature for Children’s Social Studies
Marie Ann Donovan, Ed.D.
5 Why Is the Evidence for Equitable and Effective Early Care and Education Programs an Essential Foundation for the Early Childhood Social Studies Teacher?
Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D.
6 Meeting the Needs of Young Emergent Bilinguals
Xiaoning Chen, Ph.D.
7 How Are We Including and Supporting All Children, Helping All Children Thrive?
Michelle Parker-Katz, Ph.D., and Amanda Passmore, Ph.D.
8 How Does Social Studies Help Young Children Learn About Community and Citizenship?
9 How Are Young Children Involved in Civic Engagement?
A. General Lesson Planning
Amy Clark, Ph.D.
B. Integrated Unit Outline Planning Template
C. Investigation Planning Guide
D. Lesson Planning Template
Megan Schumaker-Murphy, Ed.D.
A textbook all early childhood teachers need to help them restore civic education and the social studies to their appropriate role as the essential core of the school curriculum.
Both eminently practical and reflective of current research and critical issues in our society, this noteworthy and up-to-date text offers teacher educators and students a comprehensive approach to using social studies as the core and framework of a curriculum for young children. The book covers familiar topics—such as the roles of community and citizenship—along with more challenging ones such as recognizing and addressing the role of institutional racism. Study questions and suggestions for enhancing learning prompt readers to further build their knowledge of social studies content and strategies for teaching young children.
When social studies is taught well, it elevates young children’s appreciation of other people, deepens their regard for the social contexts people inhabit, and enlivens their view of themselves in the human world. This new edition of a foundational text expands familiar perspectives and includes necessary new voices concerning culture, equity, bilingualism, and community. Each contributor invites beginning and experienced teachers into deep inquiry with first-person accounts, suggested activities, study questions, and recommended resources to maintain that inquiry long afterwards. An excellent and important resource.