K Social Studies
The Kindergarten year is devoted to understanding oneself within the new community of the school and class. Honoring cultural celebrations throughout the year provides a context for learning about family backgrounds and different world cultures, particularly those of our Kindergarten community. Woven into the curriculum are social-emotional learning lessons that help children develop important community skills: problem-solving, monitoring one's behavior, and understanding the feelings of those around them.
Kindergarten students engage in a robust unit on weaving, studying fibers and textures in different parts of the world. They begin with a paper weaving activity and eventually learn how to weave their own pouch using yarn. Students visit Cedars in San Rafael, a residential and day program for individuals with developmental disabilities, to learn more about weaving from its residents.
While studying U.S. presidents and symbols, students learn about the life and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and African-American history through books and songs. They also create their own book on how Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the world and how they, too, can contribute to making the world a better place. In addition, we are fortunate to have two partner organizations in South Africa, which offer wonderful opportunities for comparing similarities and differences between these two countries.